George Anthony O'Leary

George Anthony O'Leary

George A. O'Leary of Brooklyn, New York, came to Ames, Iowa for Naval training.  He took part in NTS training from September 30, 1942 until January 16, 1943.  While on campus, George took a number of pictures of the campus and town.  After graduating from the training program, he left for California, and then took part in the War.  George served first aboard the USS Salt Lake City (CA25) from February, 1943 until June, 1944.  This was the time of the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, which earned his ship and crew commendations. On October 6, 1944, he was received aboard the newly commissioned USS Newberry (APA 158), where he served until September 28, 1945 when he was transferred to the Kershaw for transport home and an honorable discharge from the Navy.  George later settled with his family in Massachusetts.


Chow line forming outside the Iowa State College Memorial Union


Looking south at ISC Memorial Union


A soldier walks beside the Electric Lab and Industrial Arts.
This photo faces west, Sheldon Avenue boarding houses in background.


OOD Training Office in Friley Hall
(OOD is training for prospective officers of the deck.)


1943 View of the Iowa State College Campanile


Looking west towards Lake LaVerne on the ISC Campus, 1943


George O'Leary's 1943 view of Campustown, the small commercial area adjacent to ISC Campus.


While on campus George O'Leary met Olive Benshoof of Boone.  They married on Jan 2, 1943, becoming the first marriage of the New Year in Boone County, according to a newspaper clipping.  Note circled paragraph below in the 1942 newsletter.


The USS Newberry was used to transport and launch the Marines that landed at Iwo Jima.  It also took on the injured following the assault.  This photo shows the "E Division, 1945, Saipan" aboard the Newberry. George O'Leary is pictured to the far left, back row.