Streaming Media


0:00 Introduction; 0:29 Hometown and family; 0:44 Parents; 0:55 Education prior to service; 1:06 Family in the service; 1:13 Reasons for enlisting; 1:39 Reasoning for choosing the marines; 1:55 Experience at boot camp; 2:36 Drill instructors; 3:22 Memories of drill instructors; 3:48 Experience and injury during the Crucible; 5:36 Location and recovery following boot camp; 6:37 Becoming a machine gunner; 7:00 Reasoning for wanting to be a machine gunner; 7:37 Life at Lejeune North Carolina; 8:57 Special training at Lejeune; 10:08 Typical day at Lejeune; 11:14 Favored activities at Lejeune; 12:08 Finding out about first deployment; 12:39 First impressions of Iraq; 14:02 Primary objective of unit; 14:52 Typical day in Iraq; 15:56 Interacting with locals; 17:29 Communicating to home; 18:19 Biggest difference between two tours; 19:14 Lack of leave; 20:50 Memorable experiences on leave; 21:20 Memories of Iraq; 22:04 Specific memorable events in Iraq; 24:23 Leaving the Marines; 25:24 Reflections on past actions; 28:52 Leaving the service and finding a job; 31:10 Starting school and getting a master’s degree; 32:30 First job as a civilian; 33:34 Treatment for depression; 34:00 Contact with fellow Marines as a civilian; 35:14 Applying military training to civilian life; 37:41 Involvement with veterans groups; 38:03 Mindset prior, during, and after military service; 40:52 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Bayonne (N.J.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

October 2005

October 2009

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

3rd Battalion, 6th Marines Camp 2nd Marine Division, Lejeune, NC

Location of Service

Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Al Anbar (Iraq: Province)

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Combat Action Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; Letter of Appreciation; Rifle Qualification Badge (Expert); Pistol Qualification Badge (Expert)


Served as Machine Gunner; Honorable Discharge.


Awarded Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star.

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Ventola, Vincent

Interview Date

Fall 10-18-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Rubio, Bryan; 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


Ventola, Vincent

Length of Interview

41 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4; DVD


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type