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Oral History interview of Chris Davis. Interview conducted by Rongey, Jordan at Davis Residence.


0:00 Introduction; 0:50 Biographical questions; 2:20 Family in the military; 2:50 Reasons for joining the military; 3:20 Joining the marines; 3:45 Parents reaction to joining the military; 4:10 Going to boot camp; 4:45 Boot camp training; 5:45 Special training; 6:15 Data networking training; 6:45 Basic day in Okinawa, Japan; 7:55 Main duties in Okinawa; 8:55 1st deployment to Iraq; 10:05 Typical day in Iraq; 11:10 Time spent networking; 11:55 Time between two Iraq deployments; 12:30 2nd deployment to Iraq; 12:45 Reasons for leaving marines; 14:15 Experiences in transition back to civilian life; 16:05 First glances on service; 17:30 Medals and achievements; 18:40 Progression through the ranks; 21:40 Effects on personal, academics, and profession since being in the Marines; 23:50 Academics; 24:50 Cultural changes in United States; 27:00 Central Florida experiences; 30:00 Present feelings on military service.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Stony Brook (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

3rd Recon Bn

Location of Service

Okinawa (Japan); Iraq

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal


Meritorious promotion to Corporal

Country of Birth

United States


Rongey, Jordan

Interview Date

Spring 4-7-2012

Location of Interview

Davis Residence


Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Rongey, Jordan

Length of Interview

32 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage, Video, Sound, Audio


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type