The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “The Vietnam War” with Rochester University Professor John Todd

Professor John Todd of Rochester University will present “The Vietnam War — From Start to Finish” on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library Multipurpose Room.

Todd served in the Army from 1968 to 1969 in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot but was shot down by the North Vietnamese. Following this life-changing event, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science, earned his law degree from Georgetown Law School, and became a lobbyist for the Department of American Veterans.

Sea Knight Helicopter, Vietnam, 1969.
Wikimedia Commons.

Todd is a member of the Federalist Society and the National Association of Scholars. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by the Disabled American Veterans. Todd has written and passed a bill through Congress that provided benefits for widows and orphans of disabled vets.

Todd has taught government and law classes at Rochester University for the past 38 years. He has been twice named “Rochester College Faculty Member of the Year.”This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) was founded in 1969 to help preserve, collect and interpret the history of the greater Rochester area for present and future generations. For more information, including a list of upcoming events, visit online at

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  1. Phil McClelland says

    Hi john. My name is Phil Mcclelland. I was in the bed next to you in Camp Zamia Japan after you were shot Down. I found you many years later when a friend sent me the video with you in it about 5 Michigan vets at the Ford in Detroit. Wish you friend.

  2. Joe gaynor says

    Hey John this is Joe Gaynor crew chief of 220 in the 128th assault helicopter company 1968 .
    Maybe your the wrong John Todd. But John Todd was my AC for sometime. And he was shot through the neck but survived

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