Oral History interview of Jay Marck Parsons. Interview conducted by Delaney, Jason at Parsons's Residence.
0:01-1:00 Basic info; 1:38 Thought boot camp would be harder; 3:29 Sense of accomplishment in boot camp; 4:57 Camp Pedalton - 4 years of active duty; 7:20 Cold War; 8:53 First station; 10:31 Did you see combat; 11:00 Most memorable moments; 11:08 Korea (work with Korean Marine); 12:33 Trained how to assault beach; 13:20 Awards and citations; 14:31 Sniper competition won; 16:00 why be a sniper; 17:26 Experience at sniper school; 19:14 Injured at airborne school; 20:50 did not realize he was injured; 22:44 landed on first jump; 23:02 stayed in touch with family (letters, MAKS); 24:03 Food? Basic!; 25:58 Supplies? Hand-me-downs; 27:16 Pressure/Stress; 28:00 Good stress training; 28:28 how did you entertain yourself; 28:57 photography; 29:42 Koreans invited them to dinner; 30:25 what did you do on leave; 30:46 Jamaica, come home, friends; 32:05 Favorite place (Korea); 34:24 Humorous; wreck, bus buster; 36:46 Unit relations; 37:28 Close relationships; Facebook; 37:44 reunion; 30 years; 38:47 lifelong friendships; 39:13 ending of service; 40:12 what did you do afterwards; took 9 days; 42:27 money out of military; 43:16 opened business mid-8os/school; 44:30 construction; 44:52 disabled vets; 46:17-end Iraq war, vocational rehab, built boats, end.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA; 4th Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, 4th Marine Division, West Palm Beach, FL
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Meritorious Service Medal
Was assigned to Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon and worked as a clerk in the S-2 Office.
Medal details: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 2 Stars. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Parsons, Jay M.; Cold War -- Personal narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Parsons, Jay Marck interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 112.