Streaming Media


Oral history interview of Craig A. Elliot. Interview conducted by Breeana Alston at UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center.


00:00:00 Introduction; 00:00:20 Name and family history; 00:45 Influences on joining the Marine Corps; 1:30 Main reason for Marines (recruiter); 00:02:10 Family feelings of joining the Marines; 0:03:15 Boot camp experiences; 00:05:30 "Boot camp sucked;" 00:06:20 Incentive training at boot camp; 00:06:55 Feelings toward drill instructors; 00:08:20 10 days leave from boot camp; 00:09:40 Jobs in the Marine Corps; 00:10:45 Ammo Tech explanation; 00:12:45 Outside training ("kid stuff"); 00:13:10 Ammo Tech definition; 00:14:50 Being away from home; 00:18:20 Stationed after boot camp (Japan); 00:19:55 Cinderella Liberty; 00:21:10 Speaking with Japanese protestors; 00:22:20 Basic school (Quantico, VA); 00:24:15 EOD Counting and transporting ammunition; 00:28:10 Police trying to pull over a transport; 00:30:00 Re-establishing relationship with father/friends/fitness; 00:32:10 Speaks about uniforms but backs up physical; 00:33:35 Just wanting to be left alone; 00:25:40 The effect of being an Ammo Tech; 00:37:00 Martial Arts in Japan; 00:37:40 Eating Japanese food; 00:39:35 Transitioning to being a civilian; 00:43:20 Favorite things as a civilian; 00:44:00 Duties of the UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center; 00:45:15 Four lane truck accident (most memorable) ("30 point turn"); 00:47:50 Parents worried about insomnia and PTSD; 00:48:50 Decision for going to college; 00:49:55 Regretting not "being there" for people; 00:51:10 No tattoos and meaning; 00:53:20 Deeper side of people (suicide, fail, depression); 00:54:30 Roomate who hoarded guns and NCIS found them; 00:57:30 NJP (Non Judicial Punishment); 00:59:55 Picking up Seargent; 01:01:00 Advice for newcomer ("be open"); 01:02:05 Dedication of interview to parents

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Spokane (Wash.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Alston, Breeana

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center.


Elliot, Craig A.; United States. Marine Corps; Japan; Ammo Tech; Quantico (Va.); Cinderella Liberty; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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

Length of Interview

62:20 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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