Oral History interview of Leo Myllykoski. Interview conducted by Westmoreland, Megan at Myllykoski's Residence.
0:10 Introductions; 2:00 Family; 7:00 Proposing to wife; 19:00 Service; 20:00 POW; 34:00 Injury skating.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Fairport Harbor (Ohio)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Master Sergeant; MSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Silver Star Medal; Air medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Prisoner of War Medal
See video for details.
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
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Myllykoski, Leo R.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Prisoners of War -- United States; United States. Air Force
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 of, "Myllykoski, Leo Robert interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 127.