Oral history interview of Frank V. Boffi. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at his home.
0:20 Basic introduction bio; 0:40 Family: farm and Great Depression; 2:20 His education; 2:45 Working in insurance industry; 3:15 Son and grandchildren; 3:40 Surviving cancer; 4:40 Enlistment in WWII and engagement to wife; 5:40 Boot camp, short duration; 6:20 1st ship and deployment to N. Africa & Italy; 7:30 Midnight run to find gun emplacements (scariest moment); 8:25 Boot camp; 10:40 Ice cream incident; 11:00 Hamuck memories; 11:30 Memory of his ship getting hit and reunions; 12:28 Obtaining his profession, mos. in the Navy; 15:00 Old friends and meeting them after the war; 17:30 Working as an engineer in insurance company; 19:30 His education; 20:40 Sicily: always down below, rarely saw action in person; 25:20 Deployed to the Pacific and training involved; 26:30 Swapped to the Pacific due to personal conflict; 27:50 Part-time jobs while waiting for ship to be built; 30:25 Hadley ship –destroyer; 31:30 Relationship with his chiefs; 34:45 Size of crew; 36:00 Indian Joe story; 37:37 saw two Kamikazes; 40:05 Okinawa; 41:00 Shot down 25 enemy planes –record; 42:00 Ship was towed statewide and scrapped; 44:45 His rescue after he was wounded; 47:40 Doctor sent him stateside; 48:30 Re-enlisted in the Navy; 50:30 Got out of the Navy -wife wanted him out; 51:00 Good camaraderie in events after the war; 52:30 Views on him being an American; 52:15 How military service affected his life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Bernadou (DD 153); USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD 774); USS Brownson (DD 868); USS Fiske (DD 842)
Location of Service
Atlantic Ocean; Pacific Ocean; Mediterranean Sea; North Africa; Okinawa Island (Japan); Ryukyu Islands (Japan); European Theater; Pacific Theater
Machinist's Mate 1st Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Okinawa; Operation Husky; Invasion of Sicily; Operation Avalanche; Invasion of Italy; Battle of Anzio
Purple Heart; Battle Citation; Unit Citation
See video for details.
Interview topics include family: farm and Great Depression, his education, working in insurance industry; son and grandchildren, surviving cancer, enlistment in WWII and engagement to wife, boot camp, short duration, 1st ship and deployment to N. Africa and Italy, midnight run to find gun emplacements (scariest moment), boot camp, ice cream incident, hamuck memories, memory of his ship getting hit and reunions, obtaining his profession, mos. in the Navy, old friends and meeting them after the war, working as an engineer in insurance company, his education, Sicily: always down below, rarely saw action in person, deployed to the Pacific and training involved, swapped to the Pacific due to personal conflict, part-time jobs while waiting for ship to be built, Hadley ship—destroyer, relationship with his chiefs, size of crew, Indian Joe story, saw two Kamikazes, Okinawa, shot down 25 enemy planes—record, ship was towed statewide and scrapped, his rescue after he was wounded, doctor sent him stateside, re-enlisted in the Navy, got out of the Navy—wife wanted him out, good camaraderie in events after the war, views on him being an American, and how military service affected his life. 99% was in Forward Engine Room- Engineering Spaces Control Room
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Dr. Kallina's Home
Boffi, Frank V.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; 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 of, "Boffi, Frank V. interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 2.