Oral History interview of Richard Kennedy. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at Winter Park, Florida.
0:40 Childhood in Chicago; 2:45 Parents' Occupations; 8:00 Father's role in Railroad strikes; 10:20 Brotherhood of Steamship and locomotive baggageman; 11:10 Decision to join the Navy; 12:35 Working for Pullman sleeping car company; 13:35 Draft summons/getting deferment twice; 16:40 Entering the military/Boot Camp at Great Lakes; 17:50 Advanced Training/ EM School; 21:30 Boxing to get an extra days of liberty; 24:30 Getting assigned to a Night Fighter Squadron in Charlestown, RI; 26:15 Assigned to the Intrepid CV-11; 32:15 IFF Lights on the planes; 34:30 Being in the battle of Okinawa; 35:10 Being hit by Kamikaze; 39:35 What he did for R&R; 41:40 Being in Sipan for R&R; 45:00 Got back on Intrepid after war ended; 47:45 Friction between ships company and the air group; 48:45 Leaving the navy/ returning home; 55:50 Meeting Carmon Miranda; 1:08:00 Conclusion of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Carrier, CV II Intrepid, Air group - 10
Location of Service
Aviation Electrician's Mate; AE
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Okinawa
Was in Night Fighter Squadron "10; Serviced Night Fighter Aircraft.
"1943 went to Navy Electrical School; Assigned various squadrons training locations; Went aboard intrepid 2/2/45; Ship hit by Kamikaze; Squadron left ship after 3/5/45." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Park, FL.
Kennedy, Richard Stephen; 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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Richard, Kennedy S., "Kennedy, Richard S. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 462.