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MUSIELEWICZ BMCM (SW) Edward J. Master Chief E-9 8/1/1926 - 9/30/2011 In the early morning hours of September 30, 2011, under a cloudy, star-filled sky, Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Edward J. Musielewicz received his orders and got underway on his final voyage. Born August 1, 1926 to John and Helen (Woda) Musielewicz, the oldest of five children, he learned a healthy work ethic at an early age and emphasized commitment and dedication in all that he did. He grew up on Franklin Street, in the Polish village, attended St. Adalbert School and served as an altar boy. As a boy, he began raising racing pigeons. Soon, he became well known in the pigeon racing world in the United States, as well as aboard. His birds' pedigrees were recognized as far away as Belgium and Japan. While stationed in Japan (1950-1952) he built and maintained pigeon lofts and trained his birds to carry messages, which proved invaluable at times to the military service stationed there. One of the messages his birds carried is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Elm Pigeon Club, published in Racing Pigeon Bulletin in the early 1950s, and was recognized in the Toledo Blade in 1963 for his training skills. His birds won races in Toledo and at other events too numerous to mention. In February 1944, he enlisted in the US Navy. Upon discharge from active duty in 1949, he immediately enlisted in the Reserve and was activated for the Korean conflict in October 1950. Some of the ships he served aboard include the USS Hollidaysburg (PCS-1385) - a "tin can" ship serving the Great Lakes and Atlantic, USS Antheas (AGG7), USS Arneb (AKA-56), USS Brush (DD-745), USS Bowen (FF-1079), USS Turkey MSCO (AMS-56), as well as carriers (bird farms), tugs, minesweepers, and the blimp Hifdron #4 in Brazil. His world travels took him across the equator. A brief listing of a few of his numerous commendations and awards include: Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, American Area Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal, Philippine Independence Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, along with countless letters of appreciation and recognition. Master Chief Musielewicz was a senior instructor of numerous training classes including damage control/fire fighting, marlinespike seamanship knot tying and completion, high-intensity Enlisted Blue Jacket training refresher course, Junior Enlisted Personnel in military/ leadership functions, Boatswain Mate's Piping call, Bell Ringing, CPR & First Aid, to mention only a few. He frequently assisted with the piping overboard of fallen service members in ceremonial funeral detail services and was a member of the Burial Corporation Security Council. In 1981, through his own personal sacrifice and enterprise he designed and constructed a damage control/fire fighting building to provide refresher training for the Toledo Naval and Marine Corps Reserves Center. Because of his exceptional professional performance he was chosen to serve as a voting member for the Navy Reserve Force 2008 Sailor of the Year process in Washington, D.C. In recognition of more than 60 years of dedicated service to the USN, he was honored in 2004 with a drill hall dedication at the Toledo Naval Reserve (NOSC), Perrysburg, OH. He was a highly effective instructor and dynamic leader with an outstanding ability to capture the attention of those he supervised. His energy, enthusiasm, drive and commitment were unsurpassed. Master Chief's level of professionalism, humor, patience, generosity of knowledge, and self-initiative leaves an indelible mark on the USN and beyond. In 1986, he "unofficially" retired from the USN Reserve, was granted permissive orders, and continued with monthly drills and other training events, the very next day. He has continued with these duties with near perfect attendance until as recently as July, 2011. He was lifelong member of U.S. Memorial, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA) and Fleet National Association Reserve. Upon discharge from active duty, he returned to Toledo and gained employment at Willis Overland, quickly moving up in positions to Captain of Security. Captain Ed, as he was fondly known, continued his level of professionalism and mentorship throughout the history of Jeep-Chrysler Corporation, once again receiving countless honors and commendations for outstanding achievement, perfect attendance, leadership qualities, and repeated awards as Security Officer of the Year. He was pictured in an article regarding his quick response to a fire at the plant in January, 2002, which appeared on the front page of the UAW-Daimler Chrysler Daily Legend. Many humorous stories and encounters also abounded at Jeep while he was Captain of Security. He recorded just a few in a short booklet, which he distributed and was enjoyed by many. Captain Ed was a CPR and First Aid instructor while at Jeep Corporation, teaching life saving skills to many, for which more than a few families thank him. He was also a certified CPR instructor for the Red Cross and The Toledo Hospital. He only recently retired from Security at Jeep and Wackenhut Security when the original plant was completely removed. He held all forms of life - human, animal and plant - in the highest regard, never forgetting that all living things are precious and meaningful. He was an exemplary father to his son, Edward Patrick and daughter, Marcia "Marcy", showering them with unconditional love and devotion. While his son was in a nursing home for 10 years, he was at his side tenderly caring for him daily having been absent at most only seven days total. He leaves a legacy as a gentle and loving role model to his children through his compassion and respect and the highest level of honesty, kindness, morals and values. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen; brother, Joseph (1971); wife, Florence (Pawlinski) whom he married in 1955 (1999); his beloved son, Edward Patrick in 2009. He is survived by his loving daughter whose heart will forever ache, Marcia "Marcy" Johnston, deeply devoted son-in-law, Timothy; brothers, John (Margaret) of Britton, MI, Stephen Musielewicz of Toledo, OH, Sister Mary Virginis of the Felician Order of Sisters, Livonia, MI, and by several nieces and nephews. His selfness generosity, passion, pride, love and honor will continue to shine in all whom he loved, mentored, and taught. Mourn not for him, for he is in a better place, attached to the divine fleet, sailing with blue skies, calm seas and fair winds with shipmates and COs in a navy second to none! All hands on deck, at attention, sound the bell, Master Chief has come aboard! He has been granted eternal night watch. A sailor always, a Master Chief forever! Friends may call Monday October 3, 2011 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home 2426 North Reynolds Rd. (between Central and Bancroft) where services will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM continuing with celebration of the Funeral Mass in Little Flower Church by Father Joseph Steinbauer at 11:30 AM and concluding with Full Military Funeral Honors. Scripture services Monday at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio, Parkcliffe Community who lovingly cared for him recently, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Published in Toledo Blade from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2011
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