Wunder, Michael, YNC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1982-1984, YN-0000, USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN-708)
Service Years
1964 - 1984
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Contact Info
Home Town
Rapid River
Last Address
Maryville, TN

Date of Passing
Jun 12, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Career Counselor Recruiting Command of Excellence

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Blue Star

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
       YNC Michael Wunder (SS) USN-RET,  departed on his last patrol, on Sunday,12 June, 2011 at his home in Maryville, TN.   He had battled serious health issues for many years, and had survived numerous serious close calls.  Earlier that day he had been out enjoying time with friends and family on his recently purchased pontoon boat.  So he lived life to the fullest, doing things he loved right up to the end.  
       He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He loved the Navy, hunting and fishing, his boats, watching baseball games, riding his motorcycle and listening to "Country Music".  He was active in his church, and was a member of the USS CASIMIR PULASKI Reunion Group.
       Following Mikes Navy retirement in 1984 he worked for the Sonalyst Corporation in New London, CT in the Human Resources Department.  After his disability retirement from Sonalyst, Mike and his wife enjoyed visiting Germany where his sone was stationed with the US Army.  He  and his family had moved to Tennesee several years ago, after thier post Navy years  near the New London CT, Sub Base.   He and his wife and extended family were welcomed by the Christian Church in Maryville.  They became active members of the church community
         I had been friends with Mike since 1980, when we had met thru the friendship of our wives hile we were statrioned in Brunswick, Maine. We coached Little League Baseball together and shared a love of the game.  He was my buddy and I miss him very much.  This profile is my best way to remember a proud American, and fine US Navy Chief Petty Officer.
        Fair Winds and Following Seas, my  Shipmate!  You were one of the best buddies I could have ever had!

                                                                            The White Buffalo
Other Comments:
Had occasion to recall a quote from Mike recently, with the anniversary of some Novemeber ship losses in the Great Lakes. Took Mike to the Welland Canal to see the ships passing thru.  Observing the giant Lake Frieghters, Mike stated, "You couldnt get me to sail the Great Lakes for all the money in the world.". This from a guy who did two tours on subs.
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 471
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CAAdvancement Schools and CoursesUSS Ranger (CVA-61)USS Compton (DD-705)
Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Voge (DE-1047)USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633)NAS Brunswick
COMPATWINGSLANTUSS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN-708)
  1964-1964, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1964-1965, YN-0000, (YN) Yeoman A School
  1965-1967, YN-0000, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1968-1970, YN-0000, USS Compton (DD-705)
  1970-1975, YN-0000, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1975-1976, YN-0000, USS Voge (DE-1047)
  1976-1978, YN-0000, USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633)
  1978-1981, YN-0000, NAS Brunswick
  1981-1982, YN-0000, COMPATWINGSLANT
  1982-1984, YN-0000, USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN-708)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1976-1976 Deployment - SSBN Deterrent Patrol #1
 Colleges Attended 
Three Rivers Community College
  1989-1992, Three Rivers Community College
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