Oral History interview of Zack Newton. Interview conducted by Musnick, Russell at UCF.
0:00 Introduction; 0:27 Where and when were you born; 0:35 What was it like growing up there; 1:09 When moving to Florida; 1:19 Explains REBOOT (Veterans assistance program); 2:20 Parents and Siblings; 3:49 Family in Military; 4:08 When Enlisting; 4:15 Influences to Enlist; 5:18 9-11-2001; 6:30 Family Reactions to Enlistment; 7:57 Location of Bootcamp and First day like; 9:50 Overall experience of Bootcamp; 12:12 Normal day of training; 14:45 Feelings towards drill instructors; 16:19 Adapting to US Marine life; 17:19 Special moment during training; 20:20 Feelings about Bootcamp graduation; 20:52 Military Operations taken part in; 21:05 Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 2nd Deployment; 23:25 1st Deployment - Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU); 28:20 Civilian Interaction during both deployments in Europe and Middle East; 30:16 Opinion on militarizes of the Middle East; 34:57 Awards; 37:04 Feelings of returning home; 40:52 Would you go do it all over again if given the chance; 43:50 Anything to add; 45:35 How did you feel about bin Ladens death; 46:34 Closing.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
3rd Battalion 10th Marines
Location of Service
Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Mediterranean Sea; Kabul (Afghanistan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy Commendation Medal; Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Please see video.
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit - naval mission all over Mediterranean.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Newton, Zachary; 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, "Newton, Zachary interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 501.