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Oral history interview of Douglas Whitney Jackson. Interview conducted by Kathleen Jackson at Orlando, FL.


0:40 Background information; 1:10 Reason for enlisting; 2:23 Area he was trained; 4:00 His impending deployment; 4:55 Length of war-estimate; 5:50 Did his training properly prepare him; 6:20 Location of deployment and assignment; 9:00 Army was training the Iraqi police; 9:23 Main obstacles his unit faced; 10:33 His level of safety; 10:50 Was his unit capable of handling their assignment; 11:25 Level of violence and incidents; 13:15 Who were the insurgents; 14:05 Damage in the city; 16:00 Interaction with civilians; 18:25 Out of touch with family and friends was most draining; 19:32 His conversations with people who don’t agree with the war; 20:11 His view of the war affected by his tour; 21:05 The Marines purpose in Iraq; 22:23 Reason for leaving the Marine corps; 23:10 What misconceptions he believes people have about the war; 24:25 Doug’s feelings toward Iraq as a nation and a people; 26:00 How his experience has changed him as a person; 26:50 What he would like to see in Iraq

Date of Birth

February 1985

Place of Birth

Montgomery (Ala.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Division

Location of Service

North Carolina

Highest Rank

Corporal (Cpl)

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video


4 years Infantry Rifleman, 1 year Marksmanship Instructor

Country of Birth

United States


Jackson, Kathleen

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida


Jackson, Douglas W.; 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


Jackson, Kathleen

Length of Interview

30 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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type