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Oral History interview of Sam Mula. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's home in Winter Springs, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Early Family Life/ Parents' occupations; 1:45 Education and Employment before joining the Marine Corps; 2:22 Pearl Harbor/ adjustment to Marine Corps life from civilian life; 3:15 Induction into the Marine Corps/ Reason for joining; 4:43 Training in the Marine Corps; 6:00 Assault Engineer's role in Pacific theater/ Equipment used; 8:10 Memorable Experience on Tinian; 9:35 Role with the Assault Engineers/ Organization of the Engineer teams; 10:15 Travel to the pacific theater/Lack of food on the transport; 12:55 Training in New Zealand/ Training with dynamite and explosives; 15:32 Landing at Tarawa; 17:51 Beliefs about Tarawa and reason for the battle; 18:53 Physical Environment of Tarawa; 19:28 Training in Hawaii following the Battle of Tarawa/Marine Corps' Censorship of Marines' movements and training; 22:38 Personal anecdote about leaving Dog Tags in Hawaii; 24:45 Differences between Tarawa and Saipan/ Experience on Saipan; 27:31 Contact with Japanese civilians on Saipan/ Combat Role in Saipan; 33:24 End of combat on Saipan/ Landing at Tinian; 34:49 Machine gun strafing on Tinian/ Combat Role on Tinian; 36:19 Encountering Japanese boy on Tinian/ Cave fighting; 37:54 Living conditions on Tinian/ building quarters on Tinian; 41:39 Unit's role on Okinawa/ Friendly fire incident on a small boat near Okinawa; 45:14 Feelings toward Japanese civilians; 46:04 Anecdote about Tsunami while in Japan; 49:26 Communication with home/ Processing out of the Marine Corps; 52:29 Transition to the Civilian Life/ End of service in the Marine Corps; 53:05 Personal anecdote about surviving a bullet hitting his helmet; 53:42 Employment with the department of Veterans' Affairs/ PTSD symptoms/ Post- Marine Corps employment; 55:04 Employment with the Post- Office; 55:30 How he should have used military experience/ contact with other veterans; 56:08 Beliefs about the futility of war; 57:08 Promotion to acting Platoon Sergeant in the Marine Corps; 58:18 Anecdote about shorter man in the platoon; 58:55 Advice to prospective soldiers/ ways to improve the military; 59:35 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cambrook (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

2nd Marine Division

Location of Service

Pacific Area; New Zealand; Tarawa (Kiribati); Saipan (Mariana Islands); Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands)

Highest Rank

Corporal; Cpl; Sergeant; Sgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of Tarawa; Battle of Saipan; Battle of Tinian


Purple Heart


Assault Engineer


Wounded in wrist- possible shrapnel in chest. Served as Acting Platoon Sergeant.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's home in Winter Springs, FL.


Mula, Sam J.; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

61 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