Yorktown, New York’s Circolo daVinci member Frank Tempestelli, is a long-time resident of the town and is a Navy veteran of WWII. He enlisted in the Navy on August 17, 1943 and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp (CV18).
Frank’s battle station was an open-mount anti-aircraft gun. He served in the Pacific Theater and saw action in five invasions, took part in two major battles and raids on Japanese held islands. He went through the Panama Canal twice and crossed the International Date Line four times. His navy travels took him three quarters of the way around the world – from the China Sea to Italy. Mr. Tempestelli also endured two typhoons in the Pacific and a hurricane in the Atlantic.
Frank was promoted to Gunners Mate 3rd Class before being discharged in 1946. He earned 13 battle stars and did all of this by the age of 20. New York State Senator Terrence Murphy recently visited Frank and presented him with a Proclamation honoring his outstanding service to our country.