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
White - Non Hispanic
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
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)
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
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
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Corbet, Jimmy A. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 393.