Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Jimmy Corbet. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at Lake County, Florida.


0:38 Parents' occupation; 0:45 Siblings; 1:10 Education prior to joining the military; 1:35 Family reaction to enlistment; 1:45 Boot camp; 3:35 Assignment in Washington, D.C.; 4:40 Sent overseas; 5:15 Admiral Nemitz swimming and getting challenged by sentry; 6:15 Navy and Air Force pilots showing off; 9:10 Mans a ship as a gunner to the Philippines; 10:10 Philippine and American reactions; 10:30 Duty at Philippines running telecommunications; 12:00 Made a bodyguard and assisted in inspecting radars; 14:25 Assigned to Okinawa; 15:05 Reaction to the end of the war; 16:45 Military downsizing; 17:05 Joined the reserve, called up; 19:30 Shipped to Korea; 19:45 Worked in demolitions, clearing mines and explosions; 22:20 Situation when they first arrived; 23:10 Interaction with local Koreans; 25:10 Length in Korea and mine clearing; 26:00 Setting up a mine training program; 27:05 Training the Black Watch; 28:10 Clearing an observation post; 29:30 Selected for Officer School; 30:10 Ft. Sill for Artillery; 32:50 Weather effecting vehicles and working at maintenance; 35:15 Boss uses modified truck to drive General around; 36:40 Comparison between Vietnam and Korea; 37:30 Interaction with Vietnamese; 38:50 Recreation during service; 39:20 BAR favorite weapon; 39:50 Earning Captain in the Marines; 40:20 Meeting his wife; 43:05 Reason for leaving the service and getting married; 45:10 Work after the service; 47:00 Contact with people from the service; 47:35 Veterans' organizations and medals; 51:10 Being a military spouse.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Shreveport (La.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II; Korean Conflict; Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Begin/End date of Service - 2nd



Entrance into Service



Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Location of Service

San Diego (Calif.); Louisiana; Camp Pendleton (Calif.); Korea; Quantico (Va.); Fort Sill (Okla.); Hawaii; Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Cherry Point (N.C.); Augusta (Ga.); Vietnam; Okinawa Island (Japan); Da Nang (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Captain; Capt; Gunnery Sergeant; GySgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of Mindanao; Island Hopping; Battle of Okinawa


Bronze Star with V Device; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; United Nations Service Medal for Korea for Korea; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal


Participated in Pacific Theater. Reserve Duty in Louisiana in 1945-1950.


Organizational Affiliations: KWVA Chapter 169, American Legion Post 41, VFW Post 8087, Marine Corps League-North Lake Chapter. Operated in Hill 229, Korea; Da Nang, Vietnam and Peace Corridor, Korea. 26 years of service from WWII to Vietnam.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Campbell, Tyler

Interview Date

Fall 11-5-2015

Location of Interview

Lake County, FL.


Corbet, Jimmy Alvin; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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


Campbell, Tyler

Length of Interview

54 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