Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Leo Myllykoski. Interview conducted by Westmoreland, Megan at Myllykoski's Residence.

Log

0:10 Introductions; 2:00 Family; 7:00 Proposing to wife; 19:00 Service; 20:00 POW; 34:00 Injury skating.

Date of Birth

1919-02-25

Place of Birth

Fairport Harbor (Ohio)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Ohio

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-05-25

2012-02-25

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; MSgt

Prisoner of War

Yes

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Silver Star Medal; Air medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Prisoner of War Medal

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Flew 18 missions; shot down on 18th mission. Silver Star was won 25 years later for saving the life of the ball turret gunner. He had to remove his parachute and hand crank him out of the turret as they had no electricity.

City of Birth

Fairport Harbor

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Westmoreland, Megan

Interview Date

10-10-2012

Location of Interview

Myllykoski's Residence

Subjects

Myllykoski, Leo R.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Prisoners of War -- United States; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Westmoreland, Megan

Length of Interview

40 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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