Oral History interview of Frank Boffi. Interview conducted by Garcia, Luis Santana at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:30 Birth place and family; 2:00 Entry into service; 8:30 First days of service; 12:37 Invading Italy as an American of Italian Heritage; 14:30 Experience during the battles in Italy; 19:30 USS Hadley construction, training, and the Pacific; 21:30 Experience in the Pacific, maintaining the ship; 22:30 Destruction of the Hadley; 24:30 Recreational activities; 25:30 Coming home after service; 27:50 Medals and citations; 28:16 Values learned from the Navy; 29:00 Valuable lessons learned; 30:00 Future of the LSP.
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.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Garcia, Luis Santana
Boffi, Frank V.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Cold War -- 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
Garcia, Luis Santana
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Frank, Boffi V., "Boffi, Frank V. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 214.