Oral History interview of Jimmy Rochelle. Interview conducted by Walter, Alison at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida.
0:05 Intro; 0:35 Background and family; 1:10 Type of education received before service; 1:20 Family members also in military; 1:28 Decision to enlist; 1:53 Family's feeling about enlistment; 2:03 Length of time in military; 2:09 First days in military; 2:58 Basic training; 3:47 Instructor's personalities; 4:04 Typical day in basic training; 4:20 Specialized training; 4:52 Where he was stationed; 6:31 Jobs or things that made it really interesting; 7:40 Peacetime domestic assignments; 8:07 Most challenging assignments; 9:16 Typical day in challenging assignments; 9:50 Unusual event that happened on assignment; 10:41 Impression on native people while stationed; 11:27 Time spent in Kosovo; 17:27 Assignment during Desert Storm; 18:33 Time spent in Kuwait: IEDs, memorable events; 20:44 Relationships with other soldiers in unit; 21:12 Keeping in touch with family; 22:01 Food during time in Kuwait; 23:35 Entertainment while not on duty; 24:11 Raining Beetles; 24:12 Highest Rank of Master Sergeant; 24:48 Leading a tern in Korea; 26:43 Retirement; 28:21 Current relationships with people in the military; 28:57 Career at Lockheed; 29:55 Reflecting on service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Black or African American
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Master Sergeant; MSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Desert Storm; Kosovo Campaign
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal
See video for details.
Awarded Air Force Commendation Medal twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.
Rochelle, Jimmy L.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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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Jimmy, Rochelle Lee, "Rochelle, Jimmy Lee interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 209.