Oral History interview of Angelo Leonardo. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at Orlando, FL.
0:26 Birth and early life; 2:15 Education and Joining the Navy; 2:52 Family in the military; 4:15 Boot Camp; 6:37 Machinist training; 7:30 Station on USS Cascade until return of USS Turner; 7:59 USS Bennington explosion; 10:06 Duties on USS Turner; 10:57 Typical day onboard; 12:29 Relaxation; 13:12 Locations traveled to; 15:14 View on locations traveled: Oslo, Norway and Taormina, Sicily specially noted; 15:58 Malfunction in smoke machine; 17:46 Annapolis cadets; 18:43 Relationship with crew-mates, reunions; 19:47 Staying in hotel run by a culinary college; 20:51 USS Turner ship class and duties; 21:53 Plane guard, rescuing stranded pilots; 22:37 Living conditions aboard ship; 24:20 Marriage in the Navy; 24:54 Crewman suicide; 26:33 Maintaining relationship during service; 27:35 Wife having a baby, Navy Relief; 28:03 Education following service Memorable; 29:58 experiences during service Shore; 31:04 Patrol; 31:48 End of Service; 37:18 Jobs after service, Civil Service, Department of Corrections; 38:09 VA benefits for college, Teaching Plumbing; 38:57 Return home after service; 40:24 Moving to Florida Veterans Organizations; 40:56 Additional Remarks on draft duty; 42:58 Advice for prospective service members.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
M-Division: Ran engines on the ship
Location of Service
Newport (R.I.); Monaco; Caribbean Sea; Mediterranean Sea; North Sea
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer; MM2
Prisoner of War
American Defense Service Medal; Korean War Service Medal
Please see video.
"Was on the first war ship that went to Hamburg, Germany since the end of World War II (was there in July 1956); was in Monaco when actress Grace Kelly got engaged; would pick up fliers that didn't make it onto carriers; once there was an explosion and he had to get those affected to the hospital." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Leonardo, Angelo; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Leonardo, Angelo interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 432.