John Ondik, US Navy

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Name: John Ondik

Military Branch & Rank: US Navy, Commander

Dates of Service: 1983 – 2008

Villanova Degree: B.S., Business Administration, 1983

Date of Interview: May 22, 2019

Interviewer: Michael D. Brown

Audio Producer: Laura Bang

Length of Interview: 1 hour, 1 minute

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Recording notes: This interview was recorded in the Rare Book Room of Falvey Memorial Library. The interviewee may occasionally tap or hit the table for emphasis, which is audible in the recording. In addition, the room is not sound-proof and other people were in the room besides the interviewer and interviewee, so you may hear some background noises or sounds from the audience members. This recording has been lightly edited to remove background noise from an HVAC system and reduce overly-long pauses.

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  1. George Slook says:

    Sincere congratulations for such a compelling interview. John, your
    interview captures the highs and lows of military service. Your description of the aspirations and disappointments of seeking a career as a Navy Seal or Aircraft Pilot indicates the demanding pathway you had to navigate to find your place in the United States Navy. Mike, you guided the interview process with just enough interaction to allow John to tell his story. I look forward to your future interviews.

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