Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Joel Davis. Interview conducted by Pacenza, John at Veteran's Residence.


0:35 Childhood/family; 1:36 Civilian life before service; 2:05 Reasons for joining; 3:10 Most memorable lesson; 5:18 How military service helped in civilian life; 5:36 Boot camp; 6:20 Main duties while serving; 6:43 Brotherhood in service; 7:20 Keeping in touch with family; 8:38 Recreational activities; 9:00 Thoughts on returning to the states; 9:47 keeping in touch with fellow brothers; 10:50 9/11; 11:19 Habits; 11:51 Returning; 12:45 Reflection on service; 15:02 Travels; 16:36 Family reaction to joining the service; 17:42 Reason for choosing marines; 18:59 Chronology; 20:45 2-Week Break; 21:44 How the time in the service helped in school; 23:21 Expectations of service life versus the reality (boredom); 26:30 Leadership; 27:52 Reflection of previous wars in similar areas; 29:13 Realization of racism; 30:16 Effects of the fog of war; 31:22 Reflection of combat; 33:54 Responsibility for fellow soldiers; 35:03 Thanking veterans; 36:00 Support at home.

Place of Birth

Sidney (Ohio)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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