Pete Slempa was born in April 1937 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 18, 1954, and after completing basic training at Bainbridge, Maryland, and boiler technician training at Great Lakes, Michigan, he served aboard the light cruiser USS Worcester (CL-144) from January 1955 to July 1957. Pete Slempa next attended Underwater Demolition Team training at NAB Coronado, California, before serving with UDT-11 from November 1957 to January 1962, and then with SEAL Team ONE for many years. During this time, MCPO Slempa deployed to Vietnam for multiple tours of duty. He is one of the original Plank Owners, SEAL Team ONE, and was the first Master Chief in SEAL Team One. His next assignment was as Team Commander of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, from March 1972 to May 1973, followed by service as a recruiter with Naval Recruiting District Portland, Oregon, until his retirement from the Navy on September 1, 1976. After retiring from the Navy, Pete served as a Navy Junior ROTC instructor, and then he was reactivated into the Navy, for recruiting duty. MCPO Slempa again served with Naval Recruiting District Portland until going back into retirement. He and his wife Linda retired to Chehalis, and then finally settled in Kalama, Washington. They are an active part of the Kalama Baptist Church, where he will be greatly missed, their son Peter Slempa lll, and daughter Tammy with her two children continue to give loving support of their mom Linda.
***Burial at Willamette National Cemetery on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Please meet at the parking lot across from the office between 9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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