11 entries
  • "Please accept my sincere condolences. Captain Chimiak was..."
    - Bryan Berthot
  • "To my dear father Walter to one of the members of the..."
    - Rev. Msgr. Karl Chimiak USAF ret.
  • "May you have fair skies and following seas Captain Chimiak...."
    - Jim Vencill
  • "Our family's prayers are with the Chimiak family as they..."
    - Sarah and Leonard Garcia
  • "My prayers are with the Chimiak family at this time of..."
    - Marie Russo
The Guest Book is expired.


Captain, USN (Ret.)  

Has gone to his eternal reward on November 28, 2017. Walter was born on January 2, 1920 in Baltimore, MD to the late Anthony and Anna Chimiak. He graduated from Loyola College to become a petroleum engineer but at the onset of World War II, immediately volunteered as a Navy Ensign. He was stationed aboard the USS Hornet in the Pacific theater under Admiral "Bull" Halsey. After the war, he married Wanda Mieczkowski. (They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past February). Also following the war, he obtained a Masters in Oceanography at Scripts Institute, attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterrey, CA, and then took command as Captain of the USS Bordelon. Walter later commanded the USS Pursuit where he was the first to map the ocean floors, thus making him Navy's first Oceanographer. He was then assigned to the Naval Organization in Wash, DC which developed the Naval nuclear weapon deterrent system. He was the commanding officer (CO) of the USS Compass Island then the CO of the Naval Ordinance Test Unit at Patrick AFB, Florida and the Chief Engineer of the Polaris Missile Program at Cocoa Beach, FL. While there, he helped start F.I.T.'s Oceanography Dept in Melbourne, FL. He returned to Washington, DC, where he retired from the USN and later settled in Wilmington, NC.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Chimiak, Fort Mill, SC and children, Rev. Monsignor Karl Chimiak, Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Beltsville, MD, William Chimiak, PhD, Chattanooga, TN, James Chimiak, MD, Morganton, NC, Cynthia Wood, Fort Mill, SC, Mark Chimiak, Melbourne, FL, Kathy Schmugge, Fort Mill, SC, Nancy Frei, Brauenlingen, Germany and Susan Mazzullo, Stevensonville, MD. There are 23 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Fort Mill, SC at 10 a.m. Interment will at the Veteran National Cemetery, Ft. Jackson, SC on December 7 at 1 p.m.

Funeral Home
Palmetto Funeral Home
2049 Carolina Place Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Funeral Home Details
Send Flowers
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2017
bullet Patrick AFB bullet U.S. Navy bullet World War II