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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

BARBARA A. WUJCIAK PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Barbara Wujciak (b. 1961) attended the United States Naval Academy from 1980-1981. She enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves in 2009.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

December 2011 oral history interview.


BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Wujciak (b. 1961) was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but spent the majority of her adolescence in North Carolina.

Wujciak aspired to attend to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from an early age, and was nominated by Democratic U.S. representative Lawrence H. Fountain for an appointment to the Academy, but was initially rejected. After attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a year, she was accepted to and began her studies at the Naval Academy in 1980. In 1981, Wujciak was discharged from the Academy on charges of being a lesbian.

Subsequently, with the assistance of another service member who had been discharged from the Naval Academy, Wujciak created the United States Naval Academy Out group. She also began serving on the Board of Directors for the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network.

Having already received a degree in optometry, Wujciak joined the United States Air Force Reserves in 2009 as an optometrist at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C., and in December 2010 she attended Officer’s School. Wujciak now works as a Blue and Gold Officer, recruiting high school students for the U.S. Naval Academy.


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Portrait of Barbara A. Wujciak, circa 1980
Item # WV0524.6.001
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Barbara A. Wujciak in service dress whites with cap, circa 1980
Item # WV0524.6.002
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Barbara A. Wujciak in service dress whites, circa 1980
Item # WV0524.6.003
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Barbara A. Wujciak in service dress whites with Donald and Christine Wujciak, August 1980
Item # WV0524.6.004
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Presentation of Certificate of Appointment to the United States Naval Academy to Barbara A. Wujiack
Item # WV0524.6.005
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Program for United States Naval Academy Oath of Office Ceremony, Class of 1984
Item # WV0524.2.001
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Letter from Barbara A. Wujciak to parents, circa 1980
Item # WV0524.4.001
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers
Oral history interview with Barbara A. Wujciak, 2011
Item # wv0524.5.001
From the Barbara A. Wujciak Papers