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Oral History interview of Daniel Mullally. Interview conducted by Mullally, Daniel at Mr. Mullally's home in Winter Park, FL.


0:01-3:00 Introduction and interviewee's early life. Discusses father and moving around; 3:00-5:22 Discusses parent's occupations during WWII. Going to school and chore at one-room school house; 5:23-7:45 Family moves back to North Carolina and he is promoted to 8th grade. Discusses other experiences moving; 7:46-9:10 Is awarded scholarship to all-boys Catholic school; 9:11-10:31 Graduates high-school. Thinks about attending West Point; 10:32-11:42 Goes to Western Carolina Teachers College; 11:43-16:40 Talks to USMC Recruiter. Initially rejected due to age. Comes back year later and joins USMC Reserve PLC; 16:41-23:49 Learns early about the USMC. Goes to Quantico, VA for training. Returns to college. Graduates from USMC program. Accepts regular commission. Enrolls in 9 month course at Quantico Base; 23:50-28:07 Graduates from basic; 28:08-35:24 Describes graduation and post-graduation travel through North Carolina and Virginia; 35:25-38:04 Arrives in San Francisco; leaves San Francisco for Japan; 38:05-48:20 Arrives in Japan; describes time in Japan; 48:21-51:20 Returns to Camp Lejeune as instructor. Goes to supply school; 51:21-58:45 Reports to supply school. Is transferred to Hawaii; meets wife; 58:46-61:02 Interviewer ask 'Did drive to leave North Carolina lead to joining military?' 61:03-EOFI Answers question and End of first of interview (EOFI). SOSI-5:00 Start of second interview. Finishes story from previous interview; marries wife. Discusses various duties and positions he's held; 5:01-10:50 Returns to continental U.S.; in War Games/training exercises plays the role of enemy combatant; 10:51-21:59 Serves as Officer in charge and CO of his company which, at the time, was the largest in the USMC. Attends jump school in Columbus, GA. Attends Amphibious Warfare School. Opines about Vietnam; 22:00-27:56 Opinions about specific incidents in Vietnam; 27:57-45:20 Discusses protecting battalion, digging trenches and foxhole to survive in Vietnam; 45:21-EOP1 Discusses promotions, grounds for promotions. End of Part 1 (EOP1). SOSH-5:40 Start of Second Half (SOSH). Describes disposing of snake in Vietnam and experiences with animals; 5:41-6:40 Promoted to major; 6:41-16:27 Arrives in Da Nung and is appointed to OIC of 3rd MDA. Helps clean up.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

The Basic School, Quantico, VA June 1957- Feb.

Highest Rank

Major; Maj

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Da Nang (Vietnam War); Khe Sanh (Vietnam War); Phu Bai (Vietnam War)


Navy Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal


U.S. Army Airborne School; Navy Scuba School; U.S. Army Jumpmaster School


Not applicable

City of Birth

St. Louis

Country of Birth

United States


Mullally, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mr. Mullally's home in Winter Park, FL.


Mullally, Daniel E.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps

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


Mullally, Daniel

Length of Interview

169 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