Streaming Media


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

Orlando (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

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.)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant

Prisoner of War



Operation Phantom Fury




See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Metzger, Lewis

Interview Date



Rose, James D.; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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


Metzger, Lewis

Length of Interview

81 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type