Streaming Media


0:00 Introduction; 0:42 Early Life; 1:25 Father's service impacting his decision to enlist; 2:00 Other Reasons for joining the Marine Corps; 3:04 Experiences in Boot Camp; 4:40 Memorable Experience in Boot Camp/ Heat Stroke; 7:30 Father's teaching and impact on military training; 9:00 Marine Corps Graduation/ Relationship with the training platoon and drill instructors; 10:42 Joining the Marine Corps during the Iraq and Afghanistan War; 12:20 Role in Operation Enduring Freedom; 15:30 Experience of deployment to Korea; 17:25 Training received during Marine Corps Service; 18:46 Mr. Lara's Service in Washington State; 20:16 Personal Feelings about his military service; 21:54 Life after the Marine Corps/Education at Full Sail; 24:07 Video Game Art and Creation; 25:10 Military service's impact on career; 26:23 Feelings about life after the military/ Interactions with civilians; 28:33 Advice for people considering enlistment/ Feelings about civilians' lack of appreciation for soldiers; 31:38 Contact with other veterans; 32:18 Conclusion.

Place of Birth

Beaufort (S.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

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