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Oral History interview of Steve Kennedy. Interview conducted by Shirah, Victoria; Callinan, Brian at 1048 Ironsides Avenue, Viera FL 32940.


0:01 Childhood statistics; 1:05 College/National Guard/navy enlistment; 2:51 1952-OCSN-Boot Camp bypasses b/c of Nat'l Guard experience; 4:48 Active duty background-OCS/Newport, RI-joined ship Charleston, SC; 5:12 Discussed rank-went through ranks-started Seaman-3 stripes on sleeve then 1st Lt., jr grade-then Commanding Officer in Naval Air Reserve; 7:00 First tour of duty-7th Fleet-destroyer in Korean War; Personal goal to travel world on small ship; 8:32 Refitted ship left Charleston, went to Guantanamo Bay, left port; 10:00 Returned to Guantanamo, checked ship out, additional training, underway; 11:15 Went through Panama Canal-San Diego-Pearl Harbor-Midway Island; Yokosuka, Japan-ready for Korean assignment; 12:18 Patrolled east coast of Korea-18th parallel to Puson, South Korea; 13:24 Sustained damage in collision with USS Ault; 17:26 Further explanation of collision-his thoughts-his ship USS Haynsworth; 22:45 Description of methods to stabilize ship, limped to port for repair; 26:00 Discussion of R&R while ship being repaired-Lake Hakone near Mt. Fuji; 30:35 More discussion of R&R in Miyanoshita, Japan-small town; Fujiya Hotel taken over by US Navy for R&R for officers; 31:39 Description of Hunter/Killer division-keep enemy submarines from shore; 32:18 In port at Sasebo-maintain bomb line off Korean coast; 35:06 Further Tour of Duty-Sasebo-Indo China-passed Battle of Dien Ben Phu ;36:38 On to Singapore-Indian Ocean-Aiden, Arabia; 38:07 Through Red Sea-Suez Canal-Port Said, Egypt; 39:00 Transferred to 6th Fleet Battle Group at Naples, Italy; Operated as force in Mediterranean Sea-cities of Istanbul, Gibraltar, Italian coast, Marseilles, France-Palma, Majorica; 41:19 In port at Marseilles, France-R&R to Paris (Follies Berger); Marseilles-minor repairs, routine maintenance; 42:47 Back to Norfolk, Virginia from Mediterranean; 43:15 Attended engineering school-promoted to 1st Lt., jr grade; 44:05 Orders to USS Compton-sailed for Mediterranean; 45:10 1954-released from active duty-took job with Western Electric, NY; 46:03 Assigned to Naval Air Reserve-Aviation Technical Training Officer; 47:18 Participated in Overseas Audubon Project-had survey teams in Europe, Japan-surveyed small sites; 48:18 Went to Weisgarten, Germany-build communication systems-Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece; 49:08 Married wife, Marilyn, at Berchtesgarten, Germany; 50:35 Digresses to communication systems in Vietnam and Japan; 54:20 Back to Italy – Piza, Florence, Naples; 56:40 Digresses back to time in Weisgarten, Germany; Went to Great Britain-worked in Bayswater District, London-Communication systems; 59:01 Back to States – Naval Air Reserve; Promoted to Commander, Wing Staff Division-no ships; Flew supplies & personnel to destroyers in Bahamas & Caribbean during the Cuban Blockade

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Korean Conflict



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Location of Service

Rhode Island (R.I. : Island); Charleston (S.C.); Guantánamo Bay (Cuba); Korea

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Shirah, Victoria; Callinan, Brian

Interview Date


Location of Interview

1048 Ironsides Avenue, Viera FL 32940.


Kennedy, Steve E.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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


Shirah, Victoria; Callinan, Brian

Length of Interview

60 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type