Streaming Media


Oral history interview of David Allen Holt. Interview conducted by Aaron Pullin at Orlando, Florida.


00:01 Introduction; 00:15 Why the Marines? Family background; 00:54 Recruitment; 1:45 Basic training; 2:39 Injury in training; 3:35 MCT training; 4:05 Specialized job training; 4:10 Deployment training and deployment; 6:30 1st day in Iraq, weeks after; 8:48 Adjusting to life in Iraq; 9:50 Missing home; 10:37 Favorite aspect of Iraq; 11:05 Least favorite aspect; 11:45 Hardest event; 13:20 Changed perceptions?; 14:07 Cruelty?; 15:08 On base responsibilities; 15:32 Racial diversity in battalion; 16:22 British forces; 16:59 Length of service; 17:30 Return to States, adjusting; 18:20 Contact with other soldiers; 18:37 Loss of friends?; 19:19 Exit from military; 19:56 Marijuana use; 20:58 Positive experiences? Changes?; 21:50 Problems with physical size; 22:18 What about Navy appeals; 22:40 Regrets; 23:00 Prepared by deployment; 23:24 Return of fellow soldiers; 24:25 Feelings on the war; 25:23 Afghanistan feelings; 25:40 What did you gain; 26:00 Would you encourage service



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury


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