Oral History interview of Chris Davis. Interview conducted by Rongey, Jordan at Davis Residence.
0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Biographical questions; 2:20 Family in the military; 2:50 Reasons for joining the military; 3:20 Joining the marines; 3:45 Parents reaction to joining the military; 4:10 Going to boot camp; 4:45 Boot camp training; 5:45 Special training; 6:15 Data networking training; 6:45 Basic day in Okinawa, Japan; 7:55 Main duties in Okinawa; 8:55 1st deployment to Iraq; 10:05 Typical day in Iraq; 11:10 Time spent networking; 11:55 Time between two Iraq deployments; 12:30 2nd deployment to Iraq; 12:45 Reasons for leaving marines; 14:15 Experiences in transition back to civilian life; 16:05 First glances on service; 17:30 Medals and achievements; 18:40 Progression through the ranks; 21:40 Effects on personal, academics, and profession since being in the Marines; 23:50 Academics; 24:50 Cultural changes in United States; 27:00 Central Florida experiences; 30:00 Present feelings on military service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Stony Brook (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
3rd Recon BN
Location of Service
Okinawa (Japan); Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Meritorious promotion to Corporal
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Davis, Chris; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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
Chris, Davis, "Davis, Chris interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 100.