Oral history interview of Joshua Thomas Civiletti. Interview conducted by Greg Merrado at Valencia Community College.
1:04 Enlistment date and reasons for choosing USMC; 2:59 Boot Graduation; 6:49 Deployment; 10:19 Arrival in country; 11:37 Media discussion; 12:50 Duties while deployed/operations; 14:31 Interaction w/ local population; 16:42 Corpsman/Medical; 18:30 Car bombers; 19:40 Camaraderie; 21:30 Children and intelligence gathering; 22:45 Combat w/ insurgents; 25:40 Movement; 27:45 Weapons; 29:20 Living quarters and amenities; 30:55 Support organizations (USO) and communication w/ home; 32:35 Relationships and prostitution; 34:40 Coming home; 37:17 Interaction w/ other vets; 38:55 Fallujah offensive; 39:55 Food; 41:20 Trading and under the table bartering; 42:40 Death of comrades; Gov't insurance and GI bill and other benefits (medical); 45:00 Vaccinations; 46:00 Equipment always varied/medical kit; 49:00 Wrap up and personal commentary - talking about young veterans, relationships, saving another patrol, why he fought (for constitution, not pres.), awareness of what was happening overseas before being deployed.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) (OIF) II; Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) (OIF) IV
Refer to the audio
The veteran served in radio operations, military police, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Valencia Community College
Civiletti, Joshua T.; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Fallujah Offensive; Combat; Prostitution; GI bill; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Civiletti, Joshua Thomas interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 28.