Oral History interview of John Gillooly. Interview conducted by Campbell, Tyler at Mayflower Retirement Community.
0:00 Introduction; 0:32 Early Life; 1:05 Pre-Military Education & Naval Academy; 1:51 Naval Commissioning & family reaction; 2:35 Assignment to USS Columbia during WW II; 4:11 Role on the USS Columbia as an Anti-Aircraft Gunner; 5:18 Battle of Surigao Strait/ Battle of Leyte Gulf; 10:51 Kamikaze attacks during the Battle of Leyte Gulf; 19:15 Aftermath of Kamikaze attacks on the USS Columbia/ Anecdote of another Sailor's heroism; 22:28 Invasion of Borneo/ Japanese mining in the Bay; 23:35 Task Force composition for the Battle of Okinawa/ Final Months of WWII; 25:18 Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki/ Hearing the end of the war; 27:46 Post- War service/ USS Columbia in Guam; 29:35 Flight Training; 33:35 Difference between serving on a surface ship and flight; 34:36 Anti-Submarine Squadrons in the Pacific during the Cold War; 35:30 Service during the Cuban Missile Crisis/ Anti- Submarine Tactics; 40:32 Anti-Submarine flights in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic; 41:25 Commanding Officer of the USS Wasp during Cruise to Europe in 1969-1970; 42:49 Tracking Soviet Submarine in Northern Atlantic; 44:35 Reflections on Gillooly's command of the USS Wasp; 46:14 National War College/ Stanford Master's Degree; 47:48 Stateside service/ Director of Policy Division/ Naval Bureau of Personnel; 48:59 Orlando Naval Training Center/ Training women at the Center; 51:29 Commander of the USS Manatee/ Manatee's service in Vietnam; 54:52 Service as a Photographic Intelligence Analyst; 56:24 Responsibilities and day-to-day tasks of a Naval Commanding Officer; 1:03:51 Encounter with Russian Naval Commander; 1:05:27 Command positions/ Career after Commanding USS Wasp; 1:07:38 Reflection on race relations during Naval service; 1:10:12 Bureau of Naval Personnel's Integration policy; 1:12:42 Integration of Women into the Navy; 1:13:56 Role in the Orlando Naval Training Center; 1:15:45 Decision to Retire/ Post-Military Career as an aviation consultant; 1:18:44 Remaining in contact with fellow service member/Post- Military Career; 1:19:20 Leadership and development of Orlando International Airport; 1:23:33 Assessment of military career; 1:26:04 Reflection on the value of the Navy and military service; 1:27:41 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS. Columbia (CL-56); USS Randolph; USS Intrepid; USS Wasp
Location of Service
Pacific Ocean; Atlantic Ocean
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Mindoro; Battle of Linqaigan; Battle of Borneo; Battle of Okinawa
Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Purple Heart
Served as Aviator; CO of USS Manatee & USS Wasp; CO of US 36 & US 656.
"Ship struck by 3 kamikazes at Linqain." - The Veteran. Was awarded Legions of Merit three times, Bronze Star twice and many Theater Ribbons. `
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mayflower Retirement Community.
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, "Gillooly, John interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 465.