Oral History interview of Sharon Ekern. Interview conducted by McKinney, Roy at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:10 Introduction; 0:40 Family Life; 1:05 Family in the Military; 1:19 Education Before Joining the Marine Corps; 1:45 Reason for Enlistment in the Marines; 2:30 Family Reaction to Enlistment; 2:49 Boot Camp; 3:42 View of Instructors; 4:26 Most Memorable Experience at Boot Camp; 4:59 Being a Woman in Boot Camp; 5:20 Advanced Training; 6:01 First Duty Station; 6:24 Role at Duty Station; 6:37 Typical Day; 7:20 Life at San Diego Recruit Depot; 8:00 Comparing Parris Island to San Diego; 8:20 Cold War's Effect on Military Life; 8:59 Entertainment in the Military; 9:55 Assignment in Orlando; 11:10 Life as a Woman in the Marine Corps/ "tell hook"; 12:55 Memorable Moments at Camp Smith; 14:07 Leaving the Military; 14:58 Reason for Leaving the Marines Rather Than Applying to Officer Program; 15:31 Highest rank in the Marines; 15:51 Awards and Medals; 16:33 Life After the Marines; 17:04 Joining UCF; 17:35 Role at UCF; 17:50 Contact With Marines From Her Service; 18:06 Military Influence on Life; 18:37 Utilizing Military Experience with UCF career; 19:15 Expert Marksmanship; 20:05 Closing Remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Good Conduct Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Certificate of Appreciation; Certification of Commendation; Marksmanship Medal (Expert)
See video for details.
Medal and achievement details: Good Conduct Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Letters of Appreciation (5), Meritorious Mast (4), Certificate of Appreciation (2), Certification of Commendation (2), Support Person of the Year (RS-Orlando), Honor Graduate at Apprentice Contracting Specialist and Contract Placement Schools, and Expert Marksmanship with the M-16A1 Rifle.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Ekern, Sharon L.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Sharon, Ekern L., "Ekern, Sharon L. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 324.