Oral History interview of Frederick Lambert. Interview conducted by Moore, Samuel at the University of Central Florida Library.
1:10 Early Childhood; 2:20 Decision for Marines; 4:00 Description of bootcamp; 5:15 Infantry training; 6:30 Feelings of coming back home from first tour; 7:40 Post-war trauma; 8:30 Meeting a fallen comrade's family; 9:20 American reception of troops; 11:30 Finding out about 2nd tour to Fallujah; 13:25 Training in Sierra Mountains in Nevada; 14:30 Training in Mojave Desert; 16:35 Avoiding IEDs en route to Fallujah; 17:20 intelligence briefings about Fallujah; 19:00 Duties at Camp Fallujah; 20:00 Conditions at Camp Fallujah; 20:50 Feeling vulnerable at Camp Fallujah; 22:50 Car bomb kills 14 marines; 25:25 Miscommunication with civilians; 27:15 Invading the "Rat's Nest" of Fallujah; 28:35 1st day of Fallujah fighting; 30:20 Layout of urban setting; 31:15 Biggest firefight for Corporal Lambert; 37:30 Feelings towards carnage of big firefight; 38:35 Losing squad leader; 40:30 Problems in Fallujah; 44:15 Last big firefight; 45:30 End of Battle of Fallujah; 49:00 Patrols in Fallujah; 49:35 Return to America April 2005; 50:35 Overall experience of Marine Corps; 51:40 Sentiments towards the concept of war.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
India Company; Third Battalion; Fifth Marine Regiment; First Marine Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Operation Phantom Fury; Operation Al Fajr
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
See video for details.
Awarded Sea Service Deployment Ribbon twice. Medal details: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with Combat “V".
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
the University of Central Florida Library.
Lambert, Frederick J.; 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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Frederick, Lambert James, "Lambert, Frederick James interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 173.