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Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1961, NAVSTA Newport, RI
Service Years
1942 - 1971
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Home Town
Haverhill, MA
Last Address
Birth: Jan. 16, 1923, Haverhill, Essex Cty, MA
Death: Nov. 23, 2007, Lawrence, Essex Cty, MA
Burial: Saint Patricks Cemetery, Haverhill, MA

Date of Passing
Nov 23, 2007
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20 Recruiter

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated

 Military Association Memberships
Post 4Post 29, Lorraine PostPost 147Chapter 20
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)United States Navy Memorial
  1945, American Legion, Post 4 (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Haverhill, Massachusetts) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 29, Lorraine Post (Member) (Haverhill, Massachusetts) - Chap. Page
  1971, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 147 (Service Officer) (Haverhill, Massachusetts) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1971, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 20 (Member) (Haverhill, Massachusetts) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1971, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1987, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 LCdr. Frank John Woidyla, U.S. Navy, Retired

HAVERHILL MASSACHUSETTS — Ret. Lt. Commander Frank J. Woidyla, 84, of Haverhill, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2007 at the Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born in Haverhill, Jan. 16, 1923, son of the late John and Frances (Pirog) Woidyla. Educated in the Haverhill school system, he graduated from Haverhill High (Trade School), Class of 1942, where he captained the school's football and wrestling teams. He was employed for a short time at the Boston Navy Ship Yard and Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy,  before enlisting in the Navy.

For over 28 years he was in the United States Navy, where he earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer and then commissioned to the rank of Lt. Commander. While in the Navy he participated in the Bikini Atoll Atomic Bomb Tests in 1946.
During his career he served on six different surface vessels, including the Atlantic and Pacific Destroyer Force Fleets. He was awarded the American Theater Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, China Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with three stars, the National Defense Medal with one star and the World War Two Victory Medal. 

Mr. Woidyla also received the Navy Commendation Ribbon from the Secretary of the Navy for "heroism in saving a man from drowning in waters off Wallis Sands Beach, Rye, N.H., June 20, 1953."

Mr. Woidyla is a “plank owner” at the U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C., life member of the VFW Post 29, DAV Post 20, AMVETS Post 147, American Legion Post 4, where he was commander in 1976, life member of the Retired Officers Association (TROA), Polish National Home where he was president from 1971 to 1972, and a former president and general commissioner of the Polski Club, Haverhill, MA.

He was an avid golfer, and also enjoyed bowling and deep sea fishing.
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Navy Commendation Award for saving the life of another sailor. 

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US NavyCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetAdvancement Schools and Courses
Recruiter Training Orientation CourseNavy Recruiting Region EastNAVSTA Newport, RI
  1942-1942, SR-0000, Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)
  1943-1943, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet
  1944-1945, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1946-1947, Pacific / Nuclear Weapons Orientation Course
  1951-1951, Recruiter Training Orientation Course
  1952-1954, ME-0000, Navy Recruiting Region East
  1959-1961, NAVSTA Newport, RI
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  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1951 US Occupation of Japan
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