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Gen. Vincent Patton, III

Master chief petty officer Vincent Patton III was born on November 21, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. Patton attended Cass Technical High School where he became an Eagle Scout and joined U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) James M. Hannan Division before graduating in 1972. Patton earned all of his college education while on active duty. He received his B.A. degree in communications from Pacific College Angwin, California in 1976 and his B.S. degree in social work from Shaw College in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Loyola University in 1979 with his M.A. degree in counseling psychology, Patton earned his doctorate in education degree from American University in Washington, D.C.in 1984. Patton’s advanced military education includes the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (with distinction), and the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

In 1973, Patton graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Radioman (communications) School and was assigned duty on board the USCGC DALLAS at Governors Island, New York. He also served as a radioman at the Coast Guard Group and Air Station in Detroit, Michigan and as a recruiter at the Coast Guard Recruiting Office, Chicago. In 1979, Patton changed his occupational rating from radioman to yeoman (personnel) and was assigned to the Ninth Coast Guard District Office in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended American University as the first enlisted member selected for graduate school where he earned his doctorate degree and wrote his dissertation on developing the Coast Guard Enlisted Performance Evaluation Program. After graduate school he served onboard USCGC BOUTWELL homeported at Seattle, Washington and later returned to Coast Guard Headquarters to become the first Coast Guard enlisted training manager. Following this assignment, Patton became the Command Master Chief for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, based at Governors Island, New York where he was the senior enlisted advisor to Joint Task Force-160 deployed to Haiti and Guantanamo Bay Cuba during Operation Support Democracy.

Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from 1998 to 2002. He was the first African American to reach that rank in the U.S. Coast Guard. As the service’s highest ranking enlisted member, he served as the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, the U.S. Secretaries of Transportation and Defense and the Commander-in-Chief. In 2002, Patton retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after thirty years of active service. He became an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley before working for Monster Worldwide as director of Government Partnerships and Alliances. Patton was later named vice president for Homeland Security Programs at AFCEA International.

Patton’s military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal; two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, eight Meritorious Team Awards, and eight Coast Guard Good Conduct Awards. He also has earned the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Parachutist Jump Wings Badge.

8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vincent W. Patton III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 25, 2013.

Accession Number

A2013.146

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/25/2013

Last Name

Patton

Maker Category
Marital Status

Widower

Middle Name

W.

Schools

American University

Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley

Loyola University Chicago

Pacific Union College

Shaw College

United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

Cass Technical High School

Search Occupation Category
Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Evenings, weekends. Available on weekdays provided his work schedule allows

First Name

Vincent

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

PAT09

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

Youth, teens, adults

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Only necessary travel expenses

Favorite Season

April

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

New Zealand

Favorite Quote

It is all good.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Interview Description
Birth Date

11/21/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Hamburgers

Short Description

Master chief petty officer Vincent Patton, III (1954 - ) became the first African American selected as the service’s senior-most enlisted ranking position as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in 1998.

Employment

AFCEA International

Military Advantage (Monster Worldwide)

Halley's Comet Foundation

University of California, Berkeley

United States Coast Guard

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vincent Patton's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes his mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton talks about his mother's education and how his parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton describes his father's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton describes his father's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about his father joining the U.S. Army

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton shares his father's war stories and tells how his parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton talks about his father's career after the army and his oldest brother, Gregory

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about his younger sister, Viola

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton discusses his younger brother, Frank

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton speaks about his older sister, Stephanie

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton speaks about his younger brother, Francis

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his younger brother, Robert and his sister, Mary

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses his younger sister, Catherine and brother, David

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton describes the neighborhood he grew up in

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton discusses his elementary, junior high and high school experiences

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton recalls significant teachers and mentors from his elementary and junior high school

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about being a boy scout

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about the people who influenced him in high school

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton remembers his high school teacher, Ms. Musson and the Detroit riots

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about his maternal grandmother's involvement with the civil rights movement in Detroit

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton recalls two incidents of police harassment he experienced in Michigan

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton remembers attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 1

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton remembers attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 2

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton describes how he worked part-time for a jazz radio station

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about notable musicians from his high school and his favorite subjects in school

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses black book stores, his senior year of high school and his graduation

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains how he joined the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton discusses his change in interest from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton explains what drew him to joining the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes his parents' response to him joining the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton describes his parents' response to him joining the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his interest in becoming master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about his interest in becoming master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses his training at radio school and his first assignment in the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains how his surveillance of Soviet spy vessels in the U.S. Coast Guard led to a personal commendation

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes the difficult time he had with a racist chief in the Coast Guard, pt. 1

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes the difficult time he had with a racist chief in the Coast Guard, pt. 2

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton talks about taking college courses in the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton speaks about Chief Wood's apology for his racist behavior

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton discusses his assignment at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about how he obtained two degrees while in the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton describes meeting African American writer, Alex Haley

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton discusses the autograph he received from African American writer, Alex Haley

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton discusses his recruiting duties in the U.S. Coast Guard and enrollment in graduate school

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about developing an enrichment program for the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton talks about being asked to revise the U.S. Coast Guard's enlisted evaluation system

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes the U.S. Coast Guard's enlisted evaluation system

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton discusses his mentors and teachers from graduate school

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his family and politicians, Harold Washington and Marion Barry

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton recalls the pressure he received about becoming an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about his decision to return to sea and his assignment to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains why his best tour of duty in the U.S. Coast Guard was on the Boutwell

Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes going on a drug interdiction, pt. 1

Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes going on a drug interdiction, pt. 2

Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton talks about his training management position

Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton discusses his experience at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton discusses "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and his advocacy for gays in the military

Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses women and gays in the military

Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses his involvement with Operation Support Democracy and promotion to Command Master Chief for the Atlantic area

Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton talks about being selected Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton shares highlights from his career as the 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1

Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton shares highlights from his career as the 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2

Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Vince Patton talks about the U.S. Coast Guard's assistance with clean-up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 1

Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Vince Patton talks about the U.S. Coast Guard's assistance with clean-up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 2

Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton reflects on his accomplishments as 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard

Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses his teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley

Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about working part-time as the executive director for Haley's Comet Foundation

Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton discusses Monster Worldwide, Inc.'s involvement with helping transitioning military personnel find jobs

Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton discusses working together with Monster Worldwide, Inc. to help transitioning military personnel find jobs

Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton talks about APCEA and his role as vice president of the association's Homeland Security department

Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton discusses volunteering in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake and his community service focused ministry

Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton comments on his retirement goals and APCEA's STEM scholarships for students

Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton shares his thoughts on running for office and reflects on his regrets

Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton talks about his son from his first marriage

Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton talks about his daughter from his second marriage

Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about how he would like to be remembered

Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes his photographs

DASession

1$1

DATape

4$9

DAStory

4$3

DATitle
Vincent Patton remembers attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 2
Vince Patton talks about the U.S. Coast Guard's assistance with clean-up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 1
Transcript
I just remember the adults who were walking were very much complaining and worried and things like that. My grandmother she kind of kept telling everybody to shut up and just walk (laugh). So we get to the mall area and so we miss the actual march because of the walk. So we get to the mall area where Dr. King is about to speak. When we get down to that area the first thing we try to do is inch our way as close as we could. So somewhere along the reflecting pool and my grandmother and the crowd that we were with said okay this is about as close as we are going to get. So we kids take off for the reflecting pool thinking that's a swimming pool and we are going to jump in. There was somebody out there telling everybody to get out of the pool. Of course, we jumped in the pool, kids were-they quit yelling at us, they gave us because there were too many of us. Right about the time when the event started, this is the thing that I remembered most. We got out of the reflecting pool quickly and with the how many thousands of people that were there. A hundred thousand or whatever number it was, but what I remember most is that it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop when Dr. King spoke. Now, again I couldn't tell you anything that I paid any attention to other than the fact that I looked about me and realized how everybody was just so quiet, how they were all facing in the direction toward the Lincoln Memorial and there were speakers out but we were so far back that we didn't--there weren't any speakers back--but you could hear almost as if you were right up there on the steps. Because today when I walk--I remember taking my kids to that very spot--somewhere around that spot many years ago and at the time that I did that, I was telling my kids the story, I looked down and saw how far away it was to the Lincoln Memorial but I felt at that time when I was kid that I was no more than ten feet. It just made me feel that way because of the just the energy and the fact that you know--his voice. To my dying day, I will never forget that moment. How magnetic it was and getting everybody really tied into the listening of that speech. And I feel honored to be one of the hundreds of thousands that were there although at that time that age I didn't quite understand it then but has time has gone on I grasp a little bit more about it. But that's a moment that I will never forget was being there.$The, probably the biggest thing that I think about the most is 911 because I was Master Chief of the Coast Guard during the time of 9/11. And within a couple of days after the, the Twin Towers were hit, Admiral [James] Loy, myself, we were in the Secretary of Transportation at the time, and, which was Norm Manetta and a few other people, we got on a plane. Well, of course, nobody could fly out anyway, except us. And we went up to New York. And this was like Day Three, I think. And, and I got to see the destruction of Manhattan. You know, it was still smoldering. It was, I remember the cloud, you know, just clouds of smoke were still there. And, you know, ash all over the place. I mean it was, I mean it was several feet of ash. I mean there were parts of Manhattan that was up to your knees of ash. And it, and it--when I walked the Ground Zero area there, and I mean as I tell the story, I can still smell it. I could still smell how it is, and, you know, and of course, I was stationed there twice before. So I, so I'm going into familiar turf here, and I know where such and such place was and so forth. In fact, I reenlisted in the Coast Guard on top of the World Trade Center. So, you know, so I knew a little bit about it. But here's a story that I don't know if many people talked about, that I keep in my head, is within a few blocks of the World Trade Center, stands this little church called the Trinity Church. It's located Rector Street, Rector and I think it's Broadway. I'm not sure, but Rector Street is the East-West street. And it's a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Now, everything around the World Trade Center was demolished, completely gone. It was rubble, it was piled--and it was literally piles of ash. Trinity Church, which by the way is--the graveyard of Trinity Church has the grave site of Alexander Hamilton, the father of the Coast Guard, lays and rests there. Admiral Loy went over--and I went over there. And we looked around and saw all the destruction of everything. And the graveyard certainly had debris as well as ash and so forth. And we took a look at the church. The church stood like nothing happened to it. It had one broken window as a result of a tree falling up against it. And, of course, it was covered with ash, but the church stood like nothing really happened to it.$$It's one of the lowest structures though in the area, right?$$Yes, yeah, right, it's one of the lowest structures. So you know where it is. So we, first of all, I remember looking at that in amazement, and I walked into the church and talked to the Vicar there, and he was, you know, of course, they--the church became an aid station as well 'cause there were people still in there that were being treated, firefighters and so forth. And as I walked out, Admiral Loy said to me, he said, he said, "Master Chief, why don't you get some people to clean up this church, okay?" And I said, "No problem." So I, I contacted my Command Master Chief for the New York area, and I said, "I need some volunteers." Get me some volunteers to come up, and I want the, I want the churchyard cleaned and do as much as you can around the church and so forth.

Cdr. William Bundy

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.

Bundy passed away on December 15, 2019.

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

Accession Number

A2013.110

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/27/2013

Last Name

Bundy

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

F.

Occupation
Schools

Salve Regina University

U.S. Naval War College

University of Hawaii

Baltimore City College

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Search Occupation Category
Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Weekends, need two weeks notice

First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Baltimore

HM ID

BUN04

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

Any

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

None while a U.S. government employee - Travel and lodging expenses required

Favorite Season

Summer

Speaker Bureau Notes

Emergency #:
Jeannie Bundy - (401) 439-0708, (401) 578-9501

State

Maryland

Favorite Vacation Destination

Orlando, Florida

Favorite Quote

Knowledge and courage.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Rhode Island

Interview Description
Birth Date

8/12/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Providence

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Crab (Blue)

Death Date

12/15/2019

Short Description

Commander Cdr. William Bundy (1946 - 2019) , one of the “Centennial Seven” African American submarine skippers rose from the enlisted ranks to earn a commission and command a submarine, served as a leader in the submarine force and later became a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and director of the VADM Samuel L. Gravely Research Group.

Employment

Providence College School of Continuing Education

Salve Regina University

United States Naval War College

FleetBoston Financial

State of Rhode Island

Naval Education and Training Center

United States Army

United States Navy

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

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

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William Bundy discusses his interest in submarine duty in the U.S. Navy
William Bundy describes his experience as the commanding officer of USS Barbel
Transcript
Let me just ask this, now, this seems interesting. Now, is submarine duty coveted in the [U.S.] Navy?$$Yeah.$$I'm wondering 'cause I've seen like movies, the guys in the submarines, they seem like they're awful cramped in there.$$Well, it's not--it's, that's not a problem.$$And it's, they're down--can, they really can't even see outside either, you know.$$Yeah, we'll talk about that.$$Okay, so, I mean but, so what is the attraction of being on a submarine (unclear) (simultaneous)--$$It's the, in my mind, it's the best duty in the Navy.$$Okay.$$You work with some of the smartest people in the Navy. You imagine a submarine today and when I was going in the submarines back then, they were the most advanced warships that we had, all packaged in the, you know, in the, one pretty potent package. And this is toward the, you know, the--in the middle of the Cold War. And what we were doing then with our submarines has just been declassified to some degree. And so it's a pretty exciting duty. It's, it pays better. In those days, you got quite a bit more money for submarine pay because it was hazardous duty. And it was kind of what I wanted to go do--$$Okay--$$--and it's science and technology kind of stuff.$$Now, I remember in 1962, I believe it was, it was maybe a year before or around the same time as John F. Kennedy was assassinated, there was a case of a submarine 'cause we talked about it in--I was in sixth or seventh grade, eighth grade, something like that. And we talked about a submarine going too deep and collapsing on itself in the--$$Yeah, that was USS Thresher--$$Right. That's the one.$$That was on the 10th of April, 1963.$$Yes. (Unclear) (simultaneous)--$$And so we just commemorated that again. The submarine force learned a lot about that, from that case. And it really, later on, you know, it really proved to be very important in proving what we call sub-safe, submarine safety over the years. And so, yeah, that was Thresher that went down in '63 [1963].$$I raise just because, just to emphasize the point, this could be dangerous duty from a number of different--$$Oh, it is.$$--angles, yeah.$$Yeah, it is. Yeah--$$Okay. (Laughter)$Now, before we leave the [USS] Barbel, are there any stories about being the commander and what it's like?$$I think that the really interesting part is, you know, the people. I think that the enlisted people and the officers that you have working with you really make the difference in the ship. We had a number of things that could go wrong in the ship and it was the crew that you have to credit with, you know, overcoming those periods. And you face that in just about any ship that you're in, but Barbel was a thirty-year old submarine, and it was the crew that I think about most in being able to operate that ship. We went to Subic Bay [Philippines], we went to Hong Kong. We operated the ship going into, in and out of Sasebo [Japan] quite often. And that's, that was our home port. Jean [Bundy's wife] had the opportunity to be the, you know, the captain's wife, and really take care of the families when we were away. And, you know, submarine operations are not something that I can go into great detail with you about, but it was, it was a pretty, pretty exciting time for us. We operated well, I think, and we brought the ship back to Pearl Harbor [Hawaii] to be decommissioned.