2013 Pulaski Day Parade Military Co-Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Alfred J. Wolanin, III, M.D.

Lieutenant Commander Alfred J. Wolanin, III was born to parents of Polish descent, Dr. Alfred Wolanin, Jr and Kathryn Wolinski, on Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, N.C. in 1979.

He graduated from Villanova majoring in political science and minoring in history and naval science while participating in the Naval ROTC program.  During his college years, he attended the Jagiellonian University Summer Study Abroad program in 1998 and 2000, and on the latter of the two trips, he met his future wife, Marie.  He also had the opportunity to participate in the PKM Polish dance group in college.  Lieutenant Commander Wolanin graduated Villanova in 2001 and at that same time was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

After graduation, he received further Marine Corps training in Quantico, Va. and was eventually stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. as a logistics officer.  He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004.  When he completed his Marine Corps active duty obligations in 2005, he decided to change his career and pursue a degree in medicine.  He hoped to serve the Marines again at some point, but as a medical officer, like the Navy surgeons he encountered while deployed in Iraq.

He completed a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at Temple University and then began his studies at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2007.  While at Drexel, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program, a full tuition scholarship to medical school for physicians who wish to serve in the military after graduation.   He was then commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve.  During his med school years, he served as the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation and was a member and marshal of the Polish American String Band.  He graduated medical school in 2011 and was promoted to Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy.

Lt. Cmdr. Wolanin was accepted into the highly competitive orthopedic surgery residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  He continues to serve as an active duty orthopedics resident today.  He cares for and performs orthopedic surgery on active duty service members in all branches of the military, including a large number of Wounded Warriors coming from Afghanistan, reservists, veterans, government workers and their families in the National Capital area of Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander this past June.  He lives in Maryland with his wife, Marie, and their three children.  Lt. Cmdr. Wolanin and his wife enjoy raising their children in the Polish traditions of their rich heritage.