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Oral History interview of Harvey Zimmerman. Interview conducted by Askew, David at Veteran's apartment in Orlando,FL.


0:30 Begins Biographical information; 1:35 Explains where he was and the impact 9/11/2001 had on his life; 3:04 Discusses his occupation before the Marine Corps; 3:52 Explains why he left the police force to become a US Marine; 6:37 Explains his experience traveling and arriving at Paris Island; 8:43 Explains his Marine Corps Graduation and the pride he felt; 11:39 Discusses his original MOS (Job) in the Marines and Change because of war; 14:09 Explains the course of the war in Iraq in 2004; 14:50 Discusses where he was stationed after boot camp and his job; 18:56 Discusses what he knew about Iraq before being deployed; 19:48 Talks about his friends who were serving or had served in Iraq; 21:16 Explains that date when he was deployed to Iraq 01/01/06-01/01/07; 21:27 Describes the trip heading to Iraq; 25:48 Explains where in Iraq he was (Camp AI Asad, AI Anbar Province); 26:24 Explains that everyone was required to go on convoys; 27:24 Talks about the dangerous mission and the Rules of Engagement; 31:16 Explains his job in Iraq training the Iraqi Army; 35:26 Personal thoughts on the effectiveness of training Iraqi Army; 36:33 Discusses interactions with the local villagers in the area of the base; 38:21 Discusses his opinions of the locals; 40:45 Discusses staying in contact with friends and family back home; 42:47 Discusses the personal electronics he brought with him to Iraq; 43:52 Discusses how he was strengthened bond with fellow Marines; 45:23 Discusses what Marines did for fun when they were off duty; 47:47 Explains leaving Iraq and his homecoming; 50:23 Gives his discharge date from the Marine Corps (September of 2008); 50:55 Explains that he moved back to the Central Florida Area (Orlando); 51:06 Discusses how Central Florida changed since before the Marine Corps; 52:06 Explains enrolling in Valencia College; 52:24 Discusses his observations of his fellow classmates in college; 55:13 Explains how he stayed in contact with other Marines he served with; 56:20 Explains difficulties with Post 9/11 G. l. Bill and the VA; 58:31 Explains how the Marine Corps helped his life and his career choices; 59:34 Discusses the life lessons he took away from the Marine Corps; 1:00:49 Did not want to add anything to the interview; 1:01:06 I thanked him for his time and allowing me to interview him; 1:01:14 Interview Complete.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




Black or African American

Home State

New York

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

1st Marine Division, 7th Marine HQ

Location of Service

Al Asad Airbase (Iraq)

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Rifle Qualification Badge (Expert); Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Letter of Appreciation; Certificate of Commendation; Certificate of Appreciation


MOUT Instructor; Iraqi Military Licensing Instructor


Awarded Sea Service Ribbon twice. Served as a police officer in Cocoa, FL before entering the Marine Corps. After the Marines, attended Valencia College and earned a two-year degree in Criminal Justice. During this time he worked as a reserve police officer at the Cocoa Police Department. Currently continues to serve the country as a private military contractor.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Askew, David

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's apartment in Orlando,FL.


Zimmerman, Harvey C.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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


Askew, David

Length of Interview

61 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