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Gerald Feola Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 002
Gerald Feola served aboard Intrepid as an aviation structural mechanic third class with VAW 33 during the ship’s second Vietnam War deployment, from May to December 1967. He began his interview by mentioning his two uncles and one cousin who served in World War II, and his Catholic Church’s sea cadets program, which provided him with somewhat of an exposure to the Navy. Feola then described his decision to join the Navy, being assigned to a squadron, seeing Intrepid for the first time, and Intrepid’s trip to Vietnam, which involved transiting the Suez Canal as the Six Day War was about to begin. After describing Intrepid’s passage to Vietnam, Feola discussed his squadron’s mission, his job operating electronic countermeasures aboard an EA1F Skyraider, and his opportunity to sit in the navigator’s seat aboard the Skyraider, which gave him a new perspective on launching from and landing on a carrier. Feola then recounted Intrepid’s trip home, where he experienced a crossing the line ceremony and rough seas. He also discussed his return home, where he received a mixed reception, being welcomed back by family and friends, while simultaneously feeling unwelcome in other circumstances. Gerald Feola ended his interview by discussing his life after separating from the Navy, which included serving on the New York City Fire Department for 28 years. He also stated what Intrepid means to him and described his current role with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as a volunteer.

Dates

  • May 28, 2013

Creator

Extent

20 Sheets

7 Files

Creator

Author
David Dzendzel
Date
October 21, 2015

Revision Statements

  • June 11, 2014: Originally cataloged by Thomas E. Delfi in the oral history form.

Repository Details

Part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Online Archives Repository

Contact:
One Intrepid Square
W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York NY 10036-4103 United States