NFM SALUTE OF THE MONTH
Chief Petty Officer Bernard Kwiatkowski
CPO Kwiatkowski served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. During his tours of duty, he was stationed in England, North Africa, and the South Pacific on the USS LST 21.
CPO Kwiatkowski’s service awards include: American Campaign Medal, Europe-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Occupation of Japan, China Service Medal.
CPO Kwiatkowski was nominated by his granddaughter, Taylor Kwiatkowski.
“My grandfather, we call him Pop, is a 97-year-old WWII vet who served in the Navy for 4 years. He has so many amazing/inspiring/interesting stories from his time in the service, but my favorite is how he met my Nanny while in England. They were married for 71 years before she sadly passed away 2 years ago. My Pop still tells all his stories and is proud to show off his medals and other memories he has from his time in the service – even at 97 he can still recall so many little details. He really is an incredible man and we are proud to call him our grandfather!”
CPO Kwiatkowski chose Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.
NFM Salute not only recognizes our soldiers and veterans, it also donates $1,000 a month on behalf of every NFM Salute to one of the following non-profit soldier or veteran charities.