Bucktrout of Williamsburg
Vladimir “Lad” Culkowski, 76, of Williamsburg, passed away on May 18, 2018. A mass will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Our Lady of Walsingham at 1:00pm, 520 Richmond Road, Williamsburg Va, 23185.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Our Lady of Walsingham
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Paul Gordon posted on 6/17/18
My name is now Paul Gordon; BUT, as A3C and A2C Paul Gordon Binkley, it was my priveledge to personally know and serve with Vladimir Culkowski for about 15 months (at Yale and then Goodfellow AFB - Apr 1961 to Jun 1962).nn I later got back in touch (via email) in the early 2000s. Like ALL of the IFEL group he was part of, he was simply one of the BRIGHTEST and SHARPEST people I have EVER known, and I MISS him beyomd ANY words I can express.
Joe White posted on 5/23/18
In April 1961, thirteen unique young men from all across America met and became forevermore K-04-61(Korean-April-1961) at Yale University's Institute of Far Eastern Languages. For a solid year, the US Air Force drove us hard to master Korean, a tortuous test of endurance. We learned first to tolerate one another and then to endure together. By graduation, April '62, we were one in spirit and purpose, fiercely loyal and protective. More intensive training and survival school followed; by December '62 we were at Osan AFB, Republic of Korea. All of 1963 saw us go time and again, totally unprotected, into harm's way. We served willingly and well. It was a shock when we returned to the USA in Dec. '63; each man was alone--for the first time in nearly three years. But K-04-61 was truly a band of brothers. Each of us wondered about all.
With Lad Culkowski moving on now, nearly half our group is gone. Grief is the price we pay for daring to love. So, go ahead, have a good cry, But rejoice that Lad is with our God! Beyond that, he is among brothers and a leader of the band. We created some fine harmonies in our day; I can almost hear them singing--Kingston Trio tunes.
Fifty-four years after Korea, I marvel that a brief three years serving our country with Lad and the guys has given me a lifetime filled with memorable moments. "Rest in peace, Lad. Give my best to the fellas! I thank God every night for you and all my brothers."
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