Oral History interview of Jason Fitzgerald. Interview conducted by Carpinone, Kevin at Orlando, FL.
0:00 Introduction; 0:40 Early life; 2:28 Thoughts on Iraq/Afghanistan before joining; 3:02 Highest education level/Marine Corps Reserve; 3:50 Military family expectation; 4:38 Basic training location/advanced training; 5:42 Basic day; 6:40 Memorable memory from recruit training; 7:14 Remember most of training; 7:30 Training preparation/station after training; 8:30 Duties while stationed; 9:27 Recruiter position; 9:46 Out of duty- relaxation; 10:22 Deployment to Iraq; 12:53 Duties in Iraq; 14:25 2nd Deployment Fallujah; 17:20 Initial invasion vs. Fallujah; 19:24 Communication with friends and family; 20:32 Deploy to Afghanistan; 23:45 Thoughts of Afghanistan vs. Iraq; 25:43 Changing thoughts; 29:31 Typical day in Afghanistan; 31:20 Typical day in Afghanistan vs. Iraq; 32:37 When not working in Afghanistan; 34:12 Afghanistan vs. Iraq combat; 36:22 Medals while serving in Marine Corps; 36:50 Purple Heart; 38:52 Becoming a recruiter; 40:30 Substance abuse counseling officer; 43:16 Most memorable moment in Marine Corps; 44:16 Left Service; 45:07 Decision to leave Marine Corps; 47:06 Disillusion/Disappointment in soldiers; 50:12 Shift in reasons to join; 51:15 Service assistance; 52:02 Veteran's groups; 53:32 Advice for others; 55:37 End.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2d AABN, 2d Marine Division
Location of Service
Richmond (Va.); Camp Lejeune (N.C.)
Gunnery Sergeant; GySgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Phantom Fury; The Battle for Marjah
Purple Heart; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
In Iraq and Afghanistan; received The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Fitzgerald, Jason K.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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, "Fitzgerald, Jason K. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 448.