Rodney Cordt

Profile Updated: June 29, 2009
Rodney Cordt
Residing In: Rockwall, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Victoria Cordt
Occupation: Helicopter Pilot
Children: 1. a. Christopher (Chris), born 1982 in Japan and lives in Tulsa, OK. He's single, but was the one More…who first made us grandparents. Unfortunately we mourned the death of his 15 month old daughter, Madison, in 2004 due to her mother’s negligence.

1. b. Nicholas (Nick), born 1982 in Japan and lives near Wichita, KS. Married to Tonya and has one son, Braden, born 2007.

2. Jonathan, born 1984 in Virginia and lives near Kansas City, KS. Married to an LHS alumnus of the class of 2003, Vanessa and they have a daughter, Haley, born 2006 & a son, Lucas, born 2008.
Military Service: Navy  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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After graduation from LHS I attended St. John’s College, Winfield, KS and Concordia University, Seward, NE and graduated from both.

After that I attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidates School (AOCS), ala the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman”. After my commissioning as an Ensign, I married Victoria Cordt (Thierfelder) in December 1978. (see photo below) Then I attended flight training with the Navy to become a helicopter pilot and received my “Wings of Gold” in May of 1980. While in the Navy I deployed on three different aircraft carriers; USS Midway (now a museum in San Diego), USS Enterprise & USS Eisenhower. One of the most interesting shore tours I had was flying the VIP helicopter (pictured below) around the DC area.

I took an early retirement from the Navy in 1994 and Victoria & our three, soon to be teenage, sons moved to Leavenworth. All three sons attended IMAC, sorry. Since there weren’t any decent helicopter pilot opportunities in the 90’s, I spent a couple of years as a manager for a couple of companies in the Kansas City area. Four of the six years we lived in Leavenworth were spent at a couple of monotonous government jobs for the County of Leavenworth.

In 2000 we escaped Leavenworth again and moved to a suburb of Dallas due to my wife’s job relocation. In the Dallas area I was again a manager and also tried my hand at investment and insurance sales. Not so good.

Then I discovered that the Vietnam era helicopter pilots were either dying or retiring and oil prices were going up, so there was a huge opportunity for former helicopter pilots. I resumed my professional helicopter flying career working in the Gulf of Mexico flying to/from oil rigs. I left that Gulf to fly as a contractor off of the Navy supply ship, USNS Amelia Earhart, presently in the Western Pacific Ocean. (See the other helicopter photo below) I sure hope we don’t get lost. I also have a part-time job working for Northrop Grumman as a war-gamer, which I’ve done since the late 90’s. This PT jobs usually brings me to Fort Leavenworth once or twice a year, where my parents, brother and one son & his family live nearby. In fact I’ll be working the night shift on a war-game exercise at Fort Leavenworth the two weeks prior to our reunion. Hope to see ya’ll there.

School Story:

Singing in the choirs and the minor part I played in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof". I use my one and only line from that play "dos ve danya" anytime I meet someone from Russia.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Thanksgiving 2007
L - Jonathan, Vanessa & Haley /
C - Chris, me & Victoria /
R - Nick, Tonya & Braden
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I'm in front of one of the helicopters I flew, while I was a commisioned officer in the U.S. Navy. This helicopter is at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (VH-3A aka Sea King)
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM
This is the helicopter that I'm presently flying, as a U.S. Navy Contractor in the Western Pacific Ocean. (SA-330J aka Puma)