New Castle News

Local News

June 14, 2013

One of county’s oldest veterans still on a mission

NEW CASTLE — Life’s been a fascinating ride for Theodore “Ted” Adamczyk, one of Lawrence County’s most decorated World War II veterans.

In dire circumstances, where death was often in the air, Adamczyk responded with a confidence and calmness that inspired those around him.

At age 93, the former Army Air corpsman continues to display those characteristics today along with a wry sense of humor.

A self-taught musician who performed live on New Castle’s first radio station in 1938, Adamczyk proved a few years later that he was as good at handling a machine gun in a B-17 Bomber as he was a fiddle.

The military credits Adamczyk with 195 official missions, mostly troop support, but he said there were many more.

Recipient of several medals, including the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, Adamczyk decided to leave a record for family so he wrote his memoirs, titled “The Way It Was,” to detail his exploits and provide answers to any questions they might have.


Four weeks after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Adamczyk departed for the Far East, flying on a B-17 with seven others to Brazil, across the Atlantic to Sierra Leone, Africa; across the Sahara Desert; up the Nile Valley to Cairo; across Arabia to Bangalore, India; and on to the East Indies Island of Java, where HE joined others on an aircraft in an attempt to stop the Japanese advance to Australia.

On Feb. 3, 1942, Adamczyk and company set out on their third mission, confronting a fleet of enemy warships off Borneo. After dropping four, 600-pound bombs on freighters 25,000 feet below, the six U.S. planes turned for home. But soon they were engaged by a single Japanese warplane.

Operating the waist guns, Adamczyk exchanged fire with a daring pilot, who was in full attack mode despite being vastly outnumbered.

“I’d love to say we blew him out of the sky,” Adamczyk said. “We may have hit him, but he seemed to be in control even as his aircraft spiraled downward and disappeared.”

Years later, Adamczyk read a book titled “Zero,” written by Japan’s legendary flying ace Saburo Sakai, who described how he single-handedly attacked six American B-17s in the Southwest Pacific.

“It must have been him,” Adamczyk said of the aerial battle.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greer House changes name

    Greer House, a provider of assisted living services and care to seniors, has unveiled its new name. “We are thrilled about our new name — Clen-Moore Place,” said executive director Susan Leise, “because it better reflects our commitment to provide a vibrant environment where our residents thrive each and every day.

    April 16, 2014

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Pirates pitching is porous and LeBron’s a phony

    The Buccos got swept this past weekend in their own personal house of horrors, otherwise known as Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Pirates will hover around .500 this year mainly because they do have some stars in Marte, McCutchen and Alvarez, and they play the right way with grit.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Students team up on paper pantry

    Food is not the only thing that sometimes is in short supply for those in need. With that in mind, students from seven Lawrence County high schools joined Westminster College sororities and fraternities Saturday in preparing a paper pantry for local residents.

    April 14, 2014 8 Photos

  • school.jpg Neshannock approves resignation, agreement, related legal fees

    The Neshannock school board accepted the resignation of business manager and board secretary Melissa Morosky Thursday. Morosky’s resignation is effective Wednesday.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solomon to head Warner advisers

    The Historic Warner Cascade Theatre has named Nanette Kaplan Solomon chairwoman of the board of advisers. Solomon is a New Castle resident and professor of piano at Slippery Rock University.

    April 12, 2014

  • Consultant hired for downtown riverwalk

    The city of New Castle has hired a consultant to plan a pedestrian riverwalk in the downtown. Council awarded a contract for $30,000 to Macking Engineering Co. of Pittsburgh on Thursday.

    April 12, 2014

  • New Visions slates downtown meetings

    The New Visions Clean and Green Action Team will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Confluence downtown. The Earth Day event in downtown New Castle April 26 will be discussed.

    April 12, 2014

  • money.jpg County seeks grant to plan for park upgrades

    A plan for upgrading six parks in Lawrence County hinges on a state grant. The commissioners Tuesday approved an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for matching greenways funds to create master plans for the parks, a venture estimated to cost $239,600.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mooney.jpg Mooney named as recipient of Butz Humanitarian award

    Anna Mary Mooney, a volunteer for several community organizations, will receive the 2014 Butz Humanitarian Award. Mooney will be honored at a dinner April 22 at The Villa in Shenango Township. She is the 15th person to receive the award, named after the original recipient, Jack Butz.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo