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Oral History interview of John Grande. Interview conducted by Christopher Chard and Daniel Roper at Orlando, FL.


0:40 Birthplace and date; 0:56 Growing up; 1:53 size of family; 2:35 parents occupation; 3:00 Family service in the military; 3:40 Education before entrance into the military; 3:50 reason for joining the military; 5:40 Contemplating other services; 6:15 Recruiting process; 9:55 First impression of the Marines; 10:50 Feelings on joining the Marines; 11:20 Marine Corps boot camp; 14:10 Hell week and drill instructor chain of command; 15:13 Living quarters at boot camp and getting in trouble; 16:20 Getting sent to the sand pit; 17:35 Repel Tower and fear of heights; 18:30 Difference between Marine Corps and other service training; 19:25 Reaching the breaking point; 22:55 Drill Instructors; 26:10 The Crucible; 28:00 Long distance hiking; 29:00 Helping fellow recruits make it through; 29:55 Becoming a Marine; 30:35 Weapon training after boot camp; 32:02 Sent to MOS school; 32:35 Life on base; 35:45 Entertainment on base; 37:05 Food on base; 38:25 Routine day while on base; 40:50 Seeing someone get injured at the rifle range; 42:10 Contacting family while in the service; 43:15 Parent's reaction to joining the Marines; 43:43 Taking leave; 44:20 Making friends in the military an staying in contact; 45:25 Uniforms and equipment; 47:35 Skills learned while in the Marines; 49:40 Meeting his wife; 52:15 Being in an Instant Response Task Force for Washington D.C.; 53:20 Being an OC spray instructor; 55:00 Marine Corps marathon; 56:25 Awards and decoration; 57:45 Contemplating re-enlisting; 59:05 Feelings about getting out of the military; 1:00:05 Moving to Florida after release and starting school; 1:01:05 Using the GI Bill; 1:01:55 Major at UCF; 1:02:30 Reflections of military service; 1:02:50 Closing statements.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Dunedin (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

Headquarters & Service Battalion; Service Company; G-4 Logistics Branch; Material Readiness Branch

Location of Service

Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.)

Highest Rank

Corporal; Corporal (Cpl)

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Expert Rifleman Medal; Marksmanship Medal (Pistol)


Instant Response Task Force (IRF); Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Instructor; Marine Corps Marathon Event Crew.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Chard, Christopher; Roper, Daniel

Interview Date

Fall 11-3-2015

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Grande, John; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines

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


Chard, Christopher; Roper, Daniel

Length of Interview

64 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