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Cdr. William Bundy

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Commander

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Crab (Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge and courage.

Birthplace

Born:
8/12/1946
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Commander

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Crab (Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge and courage.

Birthplace

Born:
8/12/1946
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

U.S. Navy Commander and Professor William F. Bundy was born on August 12, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland to William C. Bundy and Paulyne L. Bundy. Bundy attended Henry Highland Garnet School and then Booker T. Washington Junior High School before graduating from Baltimore City College High School in 1964, after which he enlisted in the Navy. He then graduated from the University of Hawaii with his B.A. degree in liberal studies and technical journalism in 1973.

In 1964, Bundy reported to the U.S. Navy Receiving Station in Washington D.C., and then was assigned to Sonar Technician A and A1 School in Key West, Florida. Bundy was assigned overseas duty in USNS BOWDITCH where he served until 1966. He then completed submarine Cold War patrols in nuclear attack submarines on the USS STURGEON, USS RICHARD B RUSSELL and as a combat systems officer on the USS MEMPHIS. Bundy also completed Strategic Deterrent Patrols on the USS SAM HOUSTON GOLD as the assistant weapons officer, and as the navigator and operations officer on the USS LAFAYETTE BLUE. Bundy served ashore as a sonar instructor at the Naval Submarine Training Center at Pearl Harbor, and then went on to complete Officer Candidate School. In 1981, he was assigned to the Nuclear Operations Division at the U.S. Atlantic Command where he participated in directing and developing fleet ballistic missile operations.

In 1988, Bundy assumed command of USS BARBEL in Sasebo, Japan and conducted exercises in the Western Pacific as part of the Seventh Fleet and Submarine Group Seven. Bundy was assigned as Chief Staff Officer of Submarine Squadron Three in 1990. He also served as Director of the Naval Officer Candidate School in 1993. That same year, Bundy graduated from the U.S. Naval War College with his M.A. degree in national security and strategic studies. Bundy retired from active duty in 1994. Bundy was then appointed as Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Transportation and as a FleetBoston Financial vice president before returning to the U.S. Naval War College as an associate professor. In 2005, he earned his Ph.D. degree from Salve Regina University and was promoted to full professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He was also appointed as Director of the Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Naval Research Group.

Bundy’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with a Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal with a Silver Star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars. He is one of the Centennial Seven African American submarine skippers who served during the first one-hundred years of the Submarine Service. Bundy was recognized as the Black Engineer of the Year for Achievement in Government by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine in 1993. In 1994, he received the U.S. Navy League Dalton L. Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership, and, in 2010, Bundy was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.

Bundy and his wife, Jeanne L. (Pacheco) Bundy, have two sons: Lieutenant Commander William F. Bundy, Jr. and Raymond M. Bundy. His daughter is Andrena M. Seawood.

William F. Bundy was interviewed by HistoryMakers
on April 27, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Bundy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Bundy lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Bundy describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Bundy talks about his mother growing up in Stonewall and Long Island, New York, and his family's life in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Bundy describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about his first visit to his paternal hometown of Weems, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Bundy talks about his father's growing up in Virginia, and his migration to Baltimore, Maryland, where his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Bundy talks about his father's and others' service in the U.S. Army in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about his father's job as a construction worker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about his mother, and his resemblance to her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Bundy talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Bundy describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Bundy talks about his first impressions of the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about his parents' divorce, and becoming involved with "The Cadets" while living in the projects in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Bundy describes his home, neighborhood and friends in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Bundy talks about his elementary school and junior high school in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Bundy talks about his teachers and his experience in music class
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Bundy talks about swimming at the YMCA and selling newspapers and soap to fund his membership and camp fees
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William Bundy describes his decision to attend high school at Baltimore City College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - William Bundy talks about playing football on his high school junior varsity and varsity teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about playing on the football and lacrosse teams in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about his relationship with his father after his parents divorced
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Bundy talks about joining the U.S. Navy's Sea Cadets in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Bundy talks about joining the U.S. Navy's Sea Cadets and becoming a seaman apprentice on the USS Darby after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Bundy describes his experience on the USS Darby, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about becoming an E-3 seaman and explains the entry-level ranks in the U.S. armed forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Bundy describes his experience on the USS Darby, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Bundy talks about the mentors and guardians he had as a young seaman in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Bundy talks about enlisting in the regular U.S. Navy in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Bundy talks about missing the bus to attend the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William Bundy talks about his exposure to the Civil Rights Movement while growing up in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - William Bundy discusses the close-knit African American community while he was growing up in Baltimore
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - William Bundy talks about his assignment on the funeral formation for Admiral Claude Ricketts and attending sonar technician school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - William Bundy talks about his assignment on Oceanographic Unit 1 on the USNS Bowditch
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about getting married while he was at Fleet Sonar School, and becoming a father in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about his experience in the Oceanographic Unit 1 on the USNS Bowditch in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Bundy discusses his assignment to the U.S. Naval Facility in the Bahamas, and the opportunity to become a submarine sonar technician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Bundy discusses his interest in submarine duty in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Bundy talks about his assignment on the USS Sturgeon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about his assignment to the Naval Submarine Training Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Bundy talks about his African American colleague on the USS Sturgeon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Bundy talks about teaching at the Naval Submarine Training Center in Hawaii, earning his bachelor's degree, and becoming a chief petty officer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Bundy talks about attending Officer Candidate School and becoming an unrestricted line officer in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William Bundy talks about his mentors in the U.S. Navy, and his life at the Naval Submarine Training Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William Bundy talks about his assignment and mentor on the USS Sam Houston Gold Crew
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about his assignment to the USS Ohio, the USS Richard B. Russell and attending Submarine Officer Advanced Course
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about meeting his wife, and his assignment to the USS Memphis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Bundy talks about the capabilities of the USS Memphis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Bundy talks about serving on the USS Memphis from 1979 to 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Bundy talks about meeting his extended family in Weems, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about his assignment to nuclear missile operation systems on the staff of the commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Bundy talks about his assignment as the navigations and operations officer on the USS Lafayette
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William Bundy talks about his experience as the executive officer of the USS Blueback, and author Richard Henrick's book, 'Crimson Tide'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William Bundy talks about his assignment as the submarine group plans officer for Submarine Group V and commanding officer of USS Barbel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - William Bundy describes his experience as the commanding officer of USS Barbel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - William Bundy talks about his assignment as Chief Staff Officer at Submarine Squadron III, the birth of his sons, and the U.S. Navy's diversity program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - William Bundy talks about the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and his involvement in its diversity program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about attending the U.S. Naval War College in 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about receiving the Black Engineer of the Year Award in 1993
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Bundy talks about the U.S. Navy's Centennial Seven
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Bundy talks about his involvement in science and technology in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Bundy talks about the African American four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about his post-retirement employment and his decision to accept the position as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William Bundy talks about his experience as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - William Bundy describes his experience at Fleet Financial Group, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - William Bundy describes his experience at Fleet Financial Group, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - William Bundy talks about his doctoral dissertation on leadership in complex technical organizations, at Salve Regina University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William Bundy talks about teaching leadership at Providence College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William Bundy talks about his experience as a professor at the U.S. Naval War College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - William Bundy talks about the U.S. Naval War College and his role as a research professor there
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - William Bundy reflects upon race in America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - William Bundy reflects upon race relations in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - William Bundy talks about Admiral Arleigh Burke
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - William Bundy talks about the importance of STEM education and his efforts to encourage the same
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - William Bundy reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - William Bundy talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - William Bundy talks about how he would like to be remembered