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Oral History interview of Marc Ennis. Interview conducted by Hazen, Kendra at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


0:01 Lead, parents background, siblings, life before Navy, why joined; 2:45 Other family members who served in Navy (dad, maternal grandfather, mom was a WAVE), description of a WAVE, family reactions to enlisting; 4:12 How got to RTC Orlando, length of time at RTC, first impressions of base; 7:20 First days of service; 8:08 Description of daily life at RTC; 10:19 Description of daily inspections; 13:05 Description of kinds of classes they went through at RTC (firefighting, understanding rm "s on ships, Navy History, in-processing procedures); 15:25 Description of each week's routine, everything had a purpose; 17:32 Key words/mottos Navy used in training, co-ed comments; 19:10 Description of fellow recruits and social life on base; 22:14 Co-ed aspect of training, Competition Week description; 24:18 Description of his instructors; 25:57 Hardest thing from RTC (marching) and other moments of pride; 29:03 Official purpose of the Grinder and more on marching; 31:19 Other areas on the base of importance to recruits, Blue Jacket; 33:54 RTC Graduation; 36:14 Life in Navy after RTC from work in Virginia to placement at NAWCTSD (Electronic Warfare, Aviation Systems Operator, Rescue Swimmer, Europe tours, NAF Atsugi Japan, then back to Orlando); 42:49 Orlando assignment at NAWCTSD, first days at NAWCTSD; 44:31 Primary responsibilities in previous jobs and at NAWCTSD; 46:29 Types of projects he worked on at NAWCTSD (traveling simulators); 49:26 Description of what desk-top simulators look like and are; 52:48 Primary mission of NAWCTSD; 53:22 Future of simulation in Central Florida (better fidelity and higher realism); 54:49 How simulation at NAWCTSD affects other branches of service; 56:03 Most valuable lessons learned in Navy; 58:58 Description of photographs on computer that he had emailed interviewer; 1:03:31 Last comments.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Port Hueneme (Calif.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Recruit Training Center, Orlando, FL; USS Gunston Hall LSD-44; Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 5, HS-5; Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing Atlantic, HS-14; Atsugi, Japan; Naval Air Warfare Center Training Division (NAWCTSD) Orlando, FL

Location of Service

Orlando (Fla.); Little Creek (Va.); Pensacola (Fla.); Jacksonville (Fla.); Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan)

Highest Rank

Chief Petty Officer; CPO

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of Kosovo




Helicopter rescue swimmer: 1 rescue of a sailor overboard from USS Kitty Hawk; 1 recovery of civilian sailor 400 miles out to see; Multiple medivacs


Joined the Navy in December 1990, attended Recruit Training Center, Orlando for bootcamp at age 17. After bootcamp, attended Electronic Warfare training at Corry Station Pensacola and reported to my first ship at Little Creek, VA. USS Gunston Hall. Did approximately 3.5 years then cross rated to Aviation Warfare Sensor Operator and rescue swimmer for SH-60F/HH-60H helicopters. Attended rescue swimmer and aircrew school in Pensacola, FL along with school in Millington, TN. Reported Fleet replacement squadron aircrew HS-1 in Jacksonville, FL. Then reported to my first fleet squadron in Jacksonville, FL, HS-5. Complete multiple detachments underway along with 3- 6 month cruises. Did not see any combat. After HS-5, reported to the helicopter wing in Jacksonville as an instructor. Attended small arms range instructor, night vision goggle instructor, and Laser system safety officer training. After 3 years, transferred to NAF Atsugi, Japan for sea duty with HS-14.

City of Birth

Port Hueneme

Country of Birth

United States


Hazen, Kendra

Interview Date

Spring 2-26-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.


Ennis, Marc; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Hazen, Kendra

Length of Interview

64 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