Oral History interview of Frederick Lambert. Interview conducted by Moore, Samuel at the University of Central Florida Library.
0:50 Early Childhood; 1:55 Decided to enlist in the Marine Corps his Senior year (2002); 2:30 Father in Air Force and grandparents served in WWII; 3:22 Why he picked the marines; 4:55 Enlisting right before 9/11; 6:20 Preparing for boot camp; 6:50 Mental stress of Paris Island; 8:04 Details of boot camp experience; 10:55 Rifleman training; 11:40 Finished infantry school December of 2002; 12:30 Fleet training in California; 14:00 Details of fleet training; 16:12 February 2003, deployed to Camp Coyote, Kuwait; 17:40 Typical day at Camp Coyote; 18:35 Sleeping in foxholes and the desert cold; 20:22 March 19, 2003: Heading North into Iraq; 21:10 Feelings of being over in the Middle East and getting ready for invasion; 22:20 First mission in Iraq; 24:25 Violence increasing as they move through country; 24:55 First firefight; 28:10 First experience with dead bodies; 29:45 Battle in sandstorm vs. tanks; 31:10 Took vital bridge at Tigris River; 32:10 Increased resistance closer to Baghdad; 33:40 April 4th, worst day of fighting; 34:15 First casualty; 35:35 Describing gore of war; 37:00 Two tours in Iraq; 38:25 Feeling experienced and seasoned; 39:30 September 2004, 2nd tour begins; 40:30 Feelings about what was going on in Fallujah; 41:30 Feelings about going back to Iraq; 42:30 Sentiments from friends.
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
California; Camp Coyote (Kuwait); Fallujah (Iraq)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
The Second Battle of Fallujah; 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. More medal details: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Lambert, Frederick James interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 174.