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USCG CABLE SHIP PEQUOT - UNITED STATES
OUR SAILORS' STORIES
This page tells another one the stories of the sailors who served aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cable ship Pequot during World War II. The Pequot served as a harbor defense cable-laying and repair ship under direction of the US Navy. Her full story can be found on the Pequot Home Page.
Ozzie Frontel’s Story
|129. Ozzie Frontel on leave in his dress blues. (Frontel family).||130A, B. Ozzie - aboard
the Pequot, 1944.
(Mike Luongo photo left. Jim Hudlow photo right).
131. All of the Army Camano Class Light Cargo Ships were built by Wheeler Shipbuilding of Whitestone, Long Island, New York. (U.S.Naval Historical Center Photo NH 74691).
The USS Hewel (FS-391), which was like the FS-258 that Ozzie served on,
played the role of the fictitious USS Reluctant in the 1955 John Ford
movie Mr. Roberts staring James Cagney and Jack Lemmon. The USS
Pueblo, which was captured as a spy ship by the North Koreans, was also a
ship of this class converted for research that found itself in the midst
of a major international incident in 1968.
After the war Ossie kept in touch with another Pequot Quartermaster, Bob Livingston and his wife Norma. Ozzie and his wife Violet, who he married in 1947, made a point of visiting the Livingston family in Ohio at least once a year.
|132. Enjoying a night out and each other's company in 1945. Ozzie and Violet Frontel (left) with Norma and Bob Livingston (right). (Frontel Family).|
After Ozzie put away his seabag in November of 1945, he and Violet
settled in Connecticut, where he built their family home on farmland that
had been owned by Violet’s father. They raised two daughters, Claudia
and Marcia who gave him three grandchildren. Ozzie worked as a salesman
and service technician for a company in Portland, Connecticut that made
custom machines for packaging. Ozzie traveled all over the world
setting up packaging systems and training factory workers. He also
worked as a machinist and in the 1950s he was co-owner of a tavern in
East Hampton called “The Purple Cow.” He played on baseball leagues for
years and later took up golf.
In a 1988 letter to Pequot sailor Jim Hudlow, Quartermaster Bob Livingston wrote, “Ozzie was a lot of fun and certainly enjoyed life more than anyone I know.” Ozzie made several attempts to organize a Pequot crew reunion but it never came to be. He passed away at 62 years of age in February of 1984. His daughter Claudia remembers that he was a funny, smart, and kind father. “One of my fondest memories is putting together a plastic model of a Navy ship, and my Dad would point out how it was similar to, and different from, the Pequot!”
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