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Oral History interview of Mark Rawls. Interview conducted by Bryan, Philip; Samina, Rahman; Solla, Karen at University of Central Florida.


0:00 Introduction; 1:01 Life and family before the Navy; 2:26 Choosing the Navy; 5:20 First day of Navy and boot camp; 9:43 Specialized training; 12:01 Station location; 13:55 First assignment; 15:16 Life on Saratoga; 16:45 Naval Assignment; 20:05 Outside contact; 21:21 Navy food; 22:10 Navy supplies; 23:16 Entertainment; 24:29 On-Leave; 28:59 Desert Storm; 32:33 Combat; 33:42 Casualties; 36:14 Diary and good luck charms; 38:34 Presidency; 39:14 Navy leadership duties; 40:59 Presidency; 42:41 End of Service; 44:44 Post education; 45:42 Conditions; 49:14 Opportunities; 51:21 Feelings about Service; 53:11 Veteran's final thoughts; 56:41 Closing remarks; 57:09 End of Interview.

Place of Birth

Pittsburgh (Pa.)




Black or African American

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War

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