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Description

Oral History interview of Matt Coxe. Interview conducted by Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Log

1:00 Childhood, life and parents; 2:00 Motivation to join; 3:00 Branch Choice and why; 4:00 Boot Camp; 6:30 First Unit to be sent to Kuwait and break borderline; 8:30 Thoughts of Saddam; 11:30 Relationships with Unit; 12:30 Climate Conditions; 14:00 Everyday assignments; 15:00 Baghdad; 17:30 Experience with friend’s death; 18:30 Locals; 21:00 First entering combat; 22:30 Perceptions of the media; 24:30 Locals response to Ba’ath Party; 26:30 Women-did not see very many; 27:30 Reactions of children; 27:45 Locals overall reactions to US troops; 28:00 Local social-economic status; 32:00 Combat; 34:00 Combat and conditions from being in a tank; 35:00 US tactics in Iraq; 37:30 Iraqi Soldiers tactics; 39:00 Preparing for battle compared to real battle; 41:30 Killed Iraqi Guard General; 43:00 Missing the Experience; 44:15 Homecoming; 46:00 Adjusting to civilian life; 46:45 Keeping in touch with friends from unit

Date of Birth

1976-11-16

Place of Birth

Stuart (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2000-01-17

2004-01-17

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

2nd Marine Division, 2nd Tank Battalion, Bravo Company, 3rd Platoon; Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Division, with 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment (infantry)

Location of Service

Iraq

Highest Rank

Corporal; Cpl

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Battle of Baghdad; Nasiriyah; Ramallah

Medals

Presidential Unit Citation; Certificate of Commendation

Achievements

Was among earliest deployed to Kuwait, served as tank gunner throughout the initial invasion and the push to seize Baghdad, crossed the Tigres and Euphrates rivers, occupied a presidential palace in Baghdad

Note

Participated in recurring battles throughout the initial push to Baghdad, serving as lead element for much of that time. Including the initial breach of the border, Nasiriyah, Ramallah, Baghdad, etc.

City of Birth

Stuart

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander

Interview Date

10-18-2011

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Coxe, Matt; 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

Contributors

Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander

Length of Interview

49 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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