Yeoman Second Class Leonard O. Gillis, Jr.
Branch of Service: United States Navy
Years of Military Service: 5, 1951-1955
Specialties: Managed the ship’s office and kept the service records of the entire ship’s crew, officers and enlisted men.
Foreign Countries Where Veteran Was Stationed: Stationed aboard the USS Frank Knox, DDR-742 (Destroyer Radar Picket Ship). Traveled to Hawaii; Midway Island; Yokosuka, Japan; Taiwan; and Hong Kong, China.
Medals/Honors Received: Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, China Service Medal, National Defense, Korean Service Medal (One Star), and the United Nations Service Medal
Highlights of Military Service: The Navy gave me the opportunity to travel to parts of the world that I would never have visited on my own. I also met many men from all over the United States whose backgrounds were different than mine, but we all worked together as a united, well-trained crew. I made friendships that have continued on to today.
Why it is important to vote: “It is very important for young people to register and vote in order to continue the freedom and democracy of our great nation – these United States of America. Veterans from the very beginnings of our nation have fought for freedom to elect our own leaders. Keep that right alive by registering and then voting responsibly.”