Oral History interview of John Grande. Interview conducted by Christopher Chard and Daniel Roper at Orlando, FL.
0:40 Birthplace and date; 0:56 Growing up; 1:53 size of family; 2:35 parents occupation; 3:00 Family service in the military; 3:40 Education before entrance into the military; 3:50 reason for joining the military; 5:40 Contemplating other services; 6:15 Recruiting process; 9:55 First impression of the Marines; 10:50 Feelings on joining the Marines; 11:20 Marine Corps boot camp; 14:10 Hell week and drill instructor chain of command; 15:13 Living quarters at boot camp and getting in trouble; 16:20 Getting sent to the sand pit; 17:35 Repel Tower and fear of heights; 18:30 Difference between Marine Corps and other service training; 19:25 Reaching the breaking point; 22:55 Drill Instructors; 26:10 The Crucible; 28:00 Long distance hiking; 29:00 Helping fellow recruits make it through; 29:55 Becoming a Marine; 30:35 Weapon training after boot camp; 32:02 Sent to MOS school; 32:35 Life on base; 35:45 Entertainment on base; 37:05 Food on base; 38:25 Routine day while on base; 40:50 Seeing someone get injured at the rifle range; 42:10 Contacting family while in the service; 43:15 Parent's reaction to joining the Marines; 43:43 Taking leave; 44:20 Making friends in the military an staying in contact; 45:25 Uniforms and equipment; 47:35 Skills learned while in the Marines; 49:40 Meeting his wife; 52:15 Being in an Instant Response Task Force for Washington D.C.; 53:20 Being an OC spray instructor; 55:00 Marine Corps marathon; 56:25 Awards and decoration; 57:45 Contemplating re-enlisting; 59:05 Feelings about getting out of the military; 1:00:05 Moving to Florida after release and starting school; 1:01:05 Using the GI Bill; 1:01:55 Major at UCF; 1:02:30 Reflections of military service; 1:02:50 Closing statements.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Headquarters & Service Battalion; Service Company; G-4 Logistics Branch; Material Readiness Branch
Location of Service
Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Expert Rifleman Medal; Marksmanship Medal (Pistol)
Instant Response Task Force (IRF); Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Instructor; Marine Corps Marathon Event Crew.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Chard, Christopher; Roper, Daniel
Location of Interview
Grande, John; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
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
Chard, Christopher; Roper, Daniel
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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John, Grande, "Grande, John interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 410.