Explosive Ordnance Disposal is the profession of rendering safe all types of foreign and domestic military ordnance, including improvised devices, chemical, biological, and nuclear munitions.
EOD technicians are United States Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force military members who volunteer to serve in one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. armed forces. The ever-present reminder of their mission, the motto “Initial Success or Total Failure,” is both a historical legacy and an expression of dedication to their profession.
The National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association is the fraternal organization of active, retired and former United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force personnel who have graduated from the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, formerly at Indian Head, Maryland, and now at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The NATEODA promotes lifelong friendships among these unique individuals, preserves the EOD history since its beginning in 1941, and remembers and celebrates those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
A unique contribution of the Association to the lives of EOD men and women is our assistance with service physical disability boards and corrections petitions. We also help obtain military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical benefits and compensation for the many injuries suffered performing the hazardous EOD mission. We have restored and increased VA disability compensation for many members of the EOD family. For more information visit Military/VA Benefits.
We invite all current and former EOD technicians and their families to Join Us. Public Safety Bomb Technicians, foreign EOD technicians, and friends and supporters may join us with an associate membership.
Our annual convention reconnects everyone with friends you have not seen for a year, or many years. Visit our Convention page for more information.
The Association was established on August 10, 1988 and is a tax-exempt Maryland organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Jim entered the Army in July 1957 and retired in April 1, 1978. Most of his military career was in Explosive Ordnance Disposal after he finished the course at Indian Head, Maryland in 1962.
Terry was in the Army from 1966 to 1972. He was commissioned through the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in 1967 and sent to Vietnam as a forward observer and fire direction officer. In Vietnam, he began thinking about EOD when he met some EOD techs and enjoyed their company.
Stu served in the Army from 1966-1971. He graduated from the EOD basic course in January, 1967, and was sent to South Vietnam in September, 1968. He served with the 184th Ord. Bn. (EOD Section), the 25th Ord. Det. (EOD) and the 287th Ord. Det. (EOD). His awards include the Bronze Star for valor and Purple Heart. He returned home in March, 1970, and left the Army in 1971.
Just ahead of a draft notice, David joined the Army in December, 1968. During basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, he changed his enlistment option from the Army Security Agency to EOD.
Adjutant – VietnAM Vets
VIETNAM VETERANS CHAPTER
Our members include the Vietnam Veterans Chapter, started in 2007, for all Explosive Ordnance Disposal veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps that served in, over, or near Vietnam. If you are a Vietnam EOD veteran, related to a veteran, or looking for your friends from Vietnam, send us a message Contact Us. We have extensive records from units deployed to Vietnam and may be able to find your name on incident reports.