Kotchick, Joseph Robert
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Joseph Robert Kotchick, 86, of Glendale, CA, born January 31, 1927 in Endicott, NY, passed away on June 18, 2013. In 1946 the family left for Glendale, CA. Bob served in the Merchant Marines 1947-48. He joined the Navy, transferring to the Marines after flight training in Pensacola, FL and then carrier qualification. He was assigned to VMA 212, the Devil Cats, based at K6 Air Base at Pyongteak, Korea. They dropped more ordnance on the enemy than any other Marine Squadron. Bob's wingman, the first African American Marine pilot, Frank E. Peterson became the Corps' first African American, Lt. General. Bob was the recipient of the Naval Aviator Badge, the Distinguished Flying Cross, 7 Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the United Nations Korea Medal. Bob flew over 70 combat missions, attain-ing the rank of Major. When Bob returned he went to law school, and then worked as Assistant DA for the LA County DA's Office. Later, he went into private practice. An outdoorsman, Bob was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Son of the late Joseph and Irene (Schlosser) Kotchick; husband of the late Jeanne (Ackerman) Kotchick and Betty (Allen) Kotchick; brother of the late Emma Meeka, and William Kotchick, WWII combat victim; he is survived by two sisters, Arlene Charma and Joyce Logsdon; a brother, Eugene Kotchick; his Aunt Mary Kotchick; cousins Mike Kotchick, Barbara Bailey, Dr. John Kotchick, and Dorothy Kotchick with many more cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Annunciation Catholic Church in Arcadia, CA with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery with full military honors.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on July 28, 2013