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Oral History interview of Sharon Ekern. Interview conducted by McKinney, Roy at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.


0:10 Introduction; 0:40 Family Life; 1:05 Family in the Military; 1:19 Education Before Joining the Marine Corps; 1:45 Reason for Enlistment in the Marines; 2:30 Family Reaction to Enlistment; 2:49 Boot Camp; 3:42 View of Instructors; 4:26 Most Memorable Experience at Boot Camp; 4:59 Being a Woman in Boot Camp; 5:20 Advanced Training; 6:01 First Duty Station; 6:24 Role at Duty Station; 6:37 Typical Day; 7:20 Life at San Diego Recruit Depot; 8:00 Comparing Parris Island to San Diego; 8:20 Cold War's Effect on Military Life; 8:59 Entertainment in the Military; 9:55 Assignment in Orlando; 11:10 Life as a Woman in the Marine Corps/ "tell hook"; 12:55 Memorable Moments at Camp Smith; 14:07 Leaving the Military; 14:58 Reason for Leaving the Marines Rather Than Applying to Officer Program; 15:31 Highest rank in the Marines; 15:51 Awards and Medals; 16:33 Life After the Marines; 17:04 Joining UCF; 17:35 Role at UCF; 17:50 Contact With Marines From Her Service; 18:06 Military Influence on Life; 18:37 Utilizing Military Experience with UCF career; 19:15 Expert Marksmanship; 20:05 Closing Remarks.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Union (S.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

South Carolina

War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Location of Service

Orlando (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Sergeant Sgt


Good Conduct Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Certificate of Appreciation; Certification of Commendation; Marksmanship Medal (Expert)


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Medal and achievement details: Good Conduct Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Letters of Appreciation (5), Meritorious Mast (4), Certificate of Appreciation (2), Certification of Commendation (2), Support Person of the Year (RS-Orlando), Honor Graduate at Apprentice Contracting Specialist and Contract Placement Schools, and Expert Marksmanship with the M-16A1 Rifle.

Country of Birth

United States


McKinney, Roy

Interview Date

Fall 11-13-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.


Ekern, Sharon L.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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


McKinney, Roy

Length of Interview

21 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