Oral history interview of Mr. Gabriel Cintorino. Interview conducted by Karen Kelly at the veteran's home in Orlando, Florida on June 20, 2017.
0:24 Birthplace, childhood, and family; 1:45 Enlistment; 2:30 Boot camp and adapting to military life; 3:20 Where he served in the Pacific, injured by Kamikaze attacks; 4:05 Describing the USS Auburn, and his role on the ship; 4:42 Training and dry runs; 5:02 Writing letters, constant fighting; 5:30 Arriving in Saipan, witnessing post bombs; 6:45 Taking pictures after the bomb in Nagasaki; 7:08 Preparing for Iwo Jima; 8:10 First experience with combat at Saipan, command ship a target; 9:08 Injured at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Kamikaze attacks, near misses; 10:33 Barely sleeping, trading shifts; 11:30 Friendships aboard ships, boxing at Pearl Harbor; 12:12 Home port at Pearl Harbor; 13:35 Okinawa kamikaze raids; 14:20 Captain used smokescreen at Okinawa; 15:08 Thoughts on combat; 15:47 Memories of the Japanese surrender; 16:14 Held aboard ship a little longer because of potential war with Russia; 16:58 Memories of Nagasaki and the destruction; 18:20 Picked at random to take pictures; 19:11 Returning to the U.S.; 19:30 His brothers' service during the war; 20:35 Brother Tony, a marine, died in Guam; 21:45 Family's reaction to condolence letter; 22:28 Memories of homecoming; 22:58 Wanting to forget the war, unable to talk about much of it; 23:50 Effect of combat injuries, hearing damage; 24:19 Difficult transition back to civilian life; 25:08 Career after the military; 25:48 Experience and memories of war never leaves; 27:24 Moving to Florida; 27:50 Thoughts on young people serving today; 30:00 Memories of his brothers; 30:55 Not wanting to talk about the war, the VA and combat injuries; 32:20 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 Auburn (command ship)
Location of Service
Saipan; Okinawa Island (Japan); Iwo Jima (Volcano Islands, Japan); Nagasaki (Japan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Saipan; Battle of Iwo Jima; Battle of Okinawa; Bombing of Nagasaki
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Was a gunner; saw Kamikaze attacks.
Received Letter from the War Department. Suffered spinal cord injury.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Cintorino, Gabriel; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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, "Cintorino, Gabriel interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 533.