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Oral History interview of Earl Schuette. Interview conducted by Meyers, Lindsay; Taggart, John; Trochez, Henry at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


0:50 Born; 01:07 Enlisted; 1:50 Education while in service; 2:25 Uncle's served in WWII; 3:24 Left for basic; 3:42 Enlisted in Marine Corps Reserves; 4:03 Reasons for joining reserves; 4:43 Officer Candidate School; 5:25 Invasion of Grenada; Caused him to go back; 6:00 Chief Warrant Officer 4's jobs; 7:20 His job as a CWO 4; 7:50 Talks about boot camp; 9:20 Assigned to Pensacola at Naval Technical Center; 9:43 First duty station; 10:20 Asked to switch MOS; 11:20 Tells about his job; 11:41 Most memorable field assignment; 12:00 Daily activities in the reserves; 13:00 Active duty daily routine; 14:00 Carter administration; Military funding; 14:40 Watch schedule; 16:14 Mobilizations; 17:35 Desert Shield/Storm; 17:52 Second mobilization; 18:53 New aspects of career; 19:45 Had to notify parents of deaths; 20:30 Third mobilization; 21:36 Back to Hawaii; 21:56 How he stayed in contact with family; 23:00 People he served with; 23:30 Leadership; 24:30 After service; 25:17 What he learned in the military; 26:46 Tolerance of others; 26:53 1977; First females in his unit; 28:14 Rough times for Marines; Drugs, violence, and drinking; 29:19 Lockheed Martin, 1985; 29:38 Job at Lockheed; 31:10 What he would tell someone thinking of enlisting.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

1st Radio Battalion Fleet Marine Forces Pacific 1976-1978; Special Intelligence Telecommunications Center, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps 1978-1979; Naval Security Group St. Louis 1984-1985; Naval Security Group Orlando 1985-1991; 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force 1991; J2 (Intelligence), United States Special Operations Command 1992-1996; Joint Reserve Intelligence Center, United States Central Command 1996-1998; Company A, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve 1998-2003; Naval Information Operations Command Orlando 2003-2008; Company I, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, National Security Agency Hawaii 2008-2010

Location of Service

St. Louis (Mo.); Pensacola (Fla.); Orlando (Fla.); Hawaii

Highest Rank

Chief Warrant Officer 4; CWO4

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Global War on Terror Medal


Assigned to the Commandant of the Marine Corps special intelligence communications center during SALT II talks between the United States and the USSR; graduated from Marine Corps Command and Staff College; conducted first tests of transmitting satellite imagery to tactical special forces units in early 1990s; assigned to clandestine signals intelligence collection operation in the Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea in the late 1970s; worked as a staff officer at NSA Hawaii, an underground, 250,000 sq ft facility located in central Oahu.


I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975 and served 4 years on active duty. I rejoined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1984 and served continuously until my retirement in 2010. I was mobilized three times during my 26 years in the Reserves but never made it in theater. My highest enlisted rank was E-6, Staff Sergeant. In 1991 I was commissioned a Warrant Officer (W-1), rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 (W-4). My specialty as an enlisted Marine and officer was signals intelligence.

City of Birth

St. Louis

Country of Birth

United States


Meyers, Lindsay; Taggart, John; Trochez, Henry

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


Schuette, Earl; Cold War -- 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


Meyers, Lindsay; Taggart, John; Trochez, Henry

Length of Interview

36 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