Oral History interview of John Schantini. Interview conducted by Dibilio, Kelly at Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
0:00 Introduction; 3:34 Enlistment / Entrance into Marine Corp; 5:20 Discussion of Chosin Reservoir; 6:15 Basic Training; 9:35 Unit Camaraderie and Perceptions; 12:20 Advanced Training and Application; 15:07 Counter Mortar / Battery Specialty Advanced Training; 16:45 Unique Experience — Dodging Artillery Rounds; 21:00 Court Martial Prank; 22:18 Operations in Seoul; 23:10 Daily Life in Korea; 25:28 Interaction with Civilian Korean Hostile; 28:06 Description of Units and Weapons; 31:18 Deployment and Stationing; 36:40 Experience in Foxholes; 38:20 Climate in Korea and Lack of Supplies; 40:15 Outposts and Fire Missions; 45:30 Outpost War Reno-Carson-Vegas; 46:00 Minor Injury from Airburst; 48:30 Operation during the Outpost War; 52:00 Order to Make Outpost Panoramic Photo; 55:30 Reflection on First Engagement; 58:30 Reaction to Wounded Veteran; 1:00:50 Homecoming; 1:04:00 "Funny Story" — Miscommunication about Orders; 1:05:50 Free Time in Korea; 1:07:25 Elaboration on Photo Interpretation; 1:08:10 Elaboration on Counter Mortar / Battery Specialty; 1:10:10 Work after Returning Home; 1:12:05 Returning to Korea; 1:14:55 Lack of Communication with Family during Service; 1:16:40 Reflection on Time in the Military; 1:18:10 Little Involvement in Veterans' Groups; 1:18:40 Advice for Prospective Military Enlisters.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Park Falls (Wis.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Division 11th Battalion Headquarters
Location of Service
Seoul (Korea); Korea
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle for Outpost Vegas
Intelligence: Counter Mortar, Counter Battery specialist; Photo Interpretation.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Community Center 500 Village Pl, Longwood, FL 3277.
Schantini, John G.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- 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, "Schantini, John G. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 372.