Oral history interview of Nicholas J. Stanley. Interview conducted by Tara Smith at Port Orange, Florida.
00:09 Introducing the interview with the veteran; 00:56 When and where veteran was born; 01:08 Family: parents' occupations and siblings; 01:46 Life before the service; 02:14 Any family in service; 02:43 Reason for enlistment in Marines; 03:15 What the early days of service and training were like; 05:23 Any specialized training; 06:25 How he adapted to training/physical regimen; 07:06 Where he served; 08:37 What tour on USS Bonhomme Richard was like; 11:04 Any action witnessed?; 13:20 Friendships formed and if he keeps contact today; 16:23 How he kept contact with family and friends; 18:55 Off-duty activities/recreation he participated in; 20:59 Any public receptions when he returned from his service; 22:02 Readjustment to civilian life; 23:03 Goals in college/degree being pursued; 23:42 Opinion in college/degree being pursued; 23:42 Opinion on Central FL supporting or resisting war efforts; 24:16 If Central Florida was/is affected by tour he served; 25:05 How service affected his life; 25:39 Life lessons learned?
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Atlantic City (N.J.)
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
HMM-166/ MAG-16, now VMM-166/ MAG-16
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service
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Served on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Port Orange, Florida.
Marines; Training; USS Bonhomme Richard; Central Florida; Recreation; Post-war Readjustment; College; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Stanley, Nicholas J. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 61.