Oral History interview of James D. Rose. Interview conducted by Lewis Metzger.
0:01 Introduction; 0:36 Biographical Information about Mr. Rose; 1:45 Personal Recollections about September 11th, 2001; 3:55 Information about the dredging company that employed him at the time; 5:45 New York Skyline after September 11th and New York after the attacks/ Working with the debris field at the trade center; 7:10 Reason for Enlistment/ Focused military effort; 9:15 Decision to enlist/ Seeing 1st Marine Corps Expeditionary Force; 11:20 Boot Camp in San Diego; 12:30 Experience in Boot Camp; 15:32 Role in Marine Corps/Dissatisfaction with non-combat assignment; 18:11 Reading from Journal/ Reason for joining the Marine Corps; 21:04 Marine Combat Training; 21:57 Feelings regarding Non-Combat MOSs; 22:34 Artillery Training in Oklahoma and Stationing in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; 23:19 Surveying/ Discomfort with non-Combat MOS; 23:54 Decision to join Marine Reconnaissance; 25:31 Meeting to join Marine Reconnaissance/ Jumping Chain of Command; 26:44 Experience in Marine Reconnaissance Screening and Indoctrination; 31:05 Marine Reconnaissance Advanced Training; 32:12 Enduring Motivation; 34:01 Deployment to Iraq; 35:05 Preparing for Operations in Iraq; 37:09 Expected Role in Operation Phantom Fury/ Anxieties regarding mission; 39:45 Evolution of US. Combat Operations in Iraq; 41:32 Personal experience during Anbar Awakening; 42:40 Memorable Combat Experiences; 43:45 Feelings regarding his unit's combat mission during the capture of Fallujah; 45:15 Ambush while defending Euphrates river crossing/ Opinion regarding Iraqi combined attacks on American soldiers; 48:56 Mission to apprehend Iraqis/ Feelings regarding political influence/ Reflection on this Combat Mission; 55:02 Reflection on combat medals and citations; 57:08 Combat Injuries; 58:53 His Battalion's Casualties.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment
Location of Service
Fort Sill (Okla.); Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Fort Polk (La.); Kuwait; Fallujah (Iraq); Al Anbar Province (Iraq); San Diego (Calif.)
Prisoner of War
Operation Phantom Fury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Rose, James D.; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; 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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James, Rose D., "Rose, James D. 2nd interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 328.