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Oral history interview of Michael Anthony Morin. Interview conducted by Ruby Morin at Michael Morin's home.


0:28 Introduction about service and wars; 0:58 Background information before service; 1:25 Family that served in the military; 1:58 Effects of 9/11 on his enlistment; 2:20 Feelings 3 years after 9/11; 2:42 Feelings about bootcamp; 3:19 Why he chose the Marine Corps; 4:58 Description of boot camp; 5:15 Challenges faced in boot camp; 6:05 After boot camp (vacation and leave time); 7:20 Training after completing boot camp; 7:51 Training begins in Mississippi; 8:00 Sent to first duty station in Okinawa, Japan; 8:15 Opinion about his service contract changes; 8:45 Deployed from Okinawa to the Philippines; 9:10 Talks about knowing the timeframe for Iraq deployment; 10:30 Notified that he would be coming back to the states; 11:08 Notified that he would be deploying; 11:42 Differences between his job and infantry; 11:54 Knowledge of Iraq; 12:34 Began reading about opposition to the war; 13:02 Opinion about the war; 13:40 Thoughts about the cause of the war; 14:50 Talks about trip to Iraq; 16:03 Feelings when on the way to Iraq; 17:50 Arrives in Iraq; 18:39 Expectations of Iraq; 19:31 Talks about the base he was stationed; 20:21 Compares training to actual training in Iraq; 20:35 Responsibilities during deployment; 22:08 Explains the importance of his job; 23:19 Talks about the push to get things done; 23:58 Communication with family in the U.S.; 25:52 Life in Al-Asad; 26:44 Living conditions; 27:31 Traveling outside the main base; 28:18 Talks about the money spent in Iraq; 30:15 Contracts in Iraq; 30:29 Interactions with the locals; 31:00 The jobs locals had on base; 32:33 Told he would be coming back to the base; 33:36 Feelings about coming back; 35:00 Feelings about seeing family again; 36:23 Adapting back to life in the States; 37:43 Comparing the news in the States to what he heard in Iraq; 39:35 Talks about transitioning out of the service; 40:10 Feelings about war after deployment; 42:23 Talks about the end of the war; 43:00 Keeping in touch with other Marines; 43:40 Long lasting effects; 45:00 Comments about the war (why it was pointless); 47:25 End.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Hartford (Conn.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, Marine Wing Support Group 27, 2nd Marine Air Wing

Location of Service

Biloxi (Miss.); Okinawa (Japan); Clarke Air Base (Philippines); Beaufort (S.C.); Al Asad (Iraq); Sahl Sinjar (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Sergeant; Sgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Casa Blanca, North Africa; Battle of Anzio; Naples-Foggia; Po Valley; North Apennines; Rome-Arno


Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


See video for details.


Senior Technician/ Non-Commissioned Officer for a two year period, filling the position of an E6/ E7

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Morin, Ruby

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Michael Morin's home


Morin, Michael A.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Morin, Ruby

Length of Interview

48 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type