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Oral History interview of David Hutchinson. Interview conducted by Bendall, John at Veteran's Academic Resource Center, the University of Central Florida.


0:40 Biographical Details, Family Details; 1:50 What he did before military service , thought process behind joining; 2:10 Explains why he chose the Marines; 2:45 Talks about other family members in military, Uncle is 2 Star General; 3:15 Talks about friend from high school enlisting before him; 4:00 Further explains reasons for joining, talks about moving to Florida; 5:35 Talks about family reaction to joining Marines; 6:30 Talks about chronology of early boot camp experience at Parris Island; 8:58 Talks about transformation into warrior mentality; 11:15 The Crucible phase of boot camp; 12:00 Graduation from boot camp; 12:30 Specialized Training/Survival Course; 14:00 Living conditions in recruit barracks, food, what he brought with him etc.; 19:50 Relationship with fellow recruits; 20:50 Post boot camp basic infantry training, Discusses Tank crewman job; 23:45 1st deployment in OIF with invasion force 1st Marines Task force Tarawa; 26:20 Enter Iraq on March 20th 2003, talks about supplies they had overseas; 28:00 Discuss combat during Initial invasion; 29:00 Talks about structure of the unit he was in; 31:00 Role of media in operations, feelings toward embedded reporters; 31:50 Relationship between Tankers and Infantry; 32:40 Feelings about reality of war "War is hell"; 34:30 Combat during Operation Steel Curtain; 38:20 Talks about tank operation and positions; 40:00 More combat experiences, what it sounds/feels like to be shot at; 43:10 Rules of Engagement; 45:00 Contact with family while overseas, Operational Security issues; 48:50 Operation and deployment chronology, Training in between deployments; 49:45 Day to day operations overseas when not in combat; 51:30 Details different roles for Tankers; 53:40 Differences between deployments; 57:15 Feelings after deployments were over; 1:01:40 Details about Operation Steel Curtain; 1:02:35 Life after coming home/Leaving Marine Corps; 1:03:00 Adjustments to civilian life and going back to school; 1:03:28 military helps in taking Criminal Justice classes; 1:04:00 Keeping up with marine friends; 1:08:10 Support since coming back, veteran associations; 1:08:35 How service has affected life; 1:15:40 Conclusion and Certificates, Story about broken hand and Uniform Medals.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (Fla.)




Black or African American

Home State


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 Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division

Location of Service

Parris Island (S.C.); Iraq

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Vigilant Resolve; Operation Steel Curtain




See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Bendall, John

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Academic Resource Center, the University of Central FL.


Hutchinson, David; 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


Bendall, John

Length of Interview

81 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