Oral History interview of Aaron Benningfield. Interview conducted by Morak, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.
2:18 Reason for joining Marines; 3:19 Grandfather's service had influence; 5:25 Almost quit first day of training camp; 14:00 Where he served; 18:35 Special training for special skills; 19:25 Invasion of Nasiriyah; 19:55 Taking Baghdad; 20:46 Operation Phantom Fury; 23:15 Most shocking events witnessed; 26:08 Perception of Iraqi people; 28:15 Perception of government in place; 29:41 Perception of war in Iraq; 34:16 Examples of heroism he has witnessed; 34:55 Relationship with squadron; 37:18 How people treated him once home; 38:28 Did military help readjust to civilian life; 42:20 What he learned about Iraqi history; 43:55 Limitations on information given to family; 47:23 Life lessons learned.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Alpha Company, 1st Marine Corps Division; 2nd Marine Corps Division
Location of Service
Nasiriyah (Iraq); Fallujah (Iraq)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Nasiriyah; Operation Phantom Fury
Military Police Instructor; Crisis/Hostage Negotiator
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Benningfield, Aaron L.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Benningfield, Aaron Leigh interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 147.