Oral History interview of Ron Abate. Interview conducted by Grande, John at University of Central Florida.
0:28 Birthplace; 0:55 Family; 1:57 Small Town; 2:32 Education; 3:42 Navy Enlistment, Interest In Nuclear Power; 6:33 Boot Camp, Experience With Young Marines; 7:45 Recruit Division Commanders; 8:53 Officer Candidate School (OCS); 12:22 Navy Commission; 12:57 Washington DC, Newport, Surface Warfare School; 14:22 Engineering School; 15:20 USS Manley DD-940, Fiancée, Boston Overhaul; 16:48 Life Aboard Ship, Living Quarters; 19:07 Communication While at Sea; 19:57 Boiler Officer Position, Promotion to Main Propulsion Assistant; 21:13 Stationed In Newport, Marriage; 22:19 Good and Bad Days; 23:09 Decision Not to Have Children; 24:17 Entertainment Aboard Ship, Recreation Trips; 26:31 Six Years Active Duty, Twenty-Five Years Reserves; 27:40 Flame Wrench Story; 29:58 Protocol for Leave, Joint Service; 30:44 Decision to Join the Reserves; 33:09 Reserve Experience; 34:29 Temporary Jobs, US Government Position; 35:12 Medals and Citations; 35:55 Transition to Civilian Life; 36:28 Navy Retirement, Friendships; 38:58 Regrets; 36:56 Iraq Tour, Closing Comments; 42:28 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS William C. Lawe; USS Manley; USS Thomas C. Hart; USS Lasalle
Location of Service
Washington (D.C.); Newport (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
See video for details.
Received 2 Navy Achievement Medals, 4 Navy Commendation Medals and other medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Abate, Ronald A.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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, "Abate, Ronald A. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 481.