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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Leon Frankel
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Leon Frankel was born in 1923 in Minnesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and went through several levels of pilot training. He also volunteered for advanced training in TBF torpedo bombers and flew 25 combat missions in the Pacific. He was rotated back to the United States and discharged from active duty in 1945. He remained in the Reserves until 1959. He was a volunteer pilot in the new Israeli Air Force during the War for Independence in 1948. Upon returning, he married and raised a family. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Decision to enlist in the Navy Air Force; going through all the training programs; volunteering to fly the aircraft TBF torpedo bombers; experience serving in the Pacific; experience flying combat missions; return home and living as a civilian again; working in the used car sales business; post-traumatic stress from the war; serving in the volunteer Israeli Air Force during the War for Independence.
3 hours sound cassette
53 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
140 minutes length
Interviewee: Frankel, Leon
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Saint Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.10 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'