Oral History interview of Ramlee Ramos-Cruz. Interview conducted by Vasquez, Julian at Veteran's Residence.
0:46 Bio/Background Info; 2:37 Why he joined the Military/ Why Marines; 4:19 Enlistment/ Bootcamp; 6:00 Volunteering for Iraq; 7:19 Iraq Campaigns; 9:00 Living in Iraq; 14:20 U.S Military Role in Iraq; 15:45 Weapons of Mass Destruction; 17:50 Communication Back Home; 19:50 Hardest Part about being Away; 20:50 Political Info/ Opinions; 24:55 Combat; 26:57 Insurgents; 31:57 Motivation to stay Enlisted; 32:56 Perceptions of Iraq; 35:29 Saddam's Death Reaction; 36:23 Stint in Iraq; 37:40 Volunteering for more Service; 39:22 PTSD/ Civilian Lifestyle; 44:33 President Bush Sentiments; 46:50 US withdrawing from Iraq Opinion; 48:29 Any Regrets? / Anything else to add?
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Marine Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Purple Heart; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Navy Unit Citation
See video for details.
Injuries: Multiple concussion, PTSD, Mild TBI. Won Navy & Marine Corp Achievement Combat Action twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Ramos-Cruz, R.; 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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Ramlee, Ramos-Cruz, "Ramos-Cruz, Ramlee interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 191.