Oral History interview of Lehman Connolly. Interview conducted by Jennifer Staton at University of Central Florida.
0:55 Education pre-marine corps; 1:01 Family and the military; 1:40 Decision to join the marines; 2:17 Boot camp; 5:04 Advanced training; 7:01 First assignment and unit; 7:48 Further training in America; 9:11 Feelings on being in Afghanistan or Iraq; 10:06 Being stationed and route clearance in Iraq; 12:13 Reasons for patrol being canceled; 12:37 Mentally handicapped suicide bomber; 13:50 Leaving Iraq; 15:40 Marine expeditionary units; 16:18 Security operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; 17:55 Four-day rotations in Afghanistan; 19:06 The afghan national army and police; 21:44 Story of injured boy from IED; 24:23 Feelings on the war in general; 26:00 Communication with family; 27:00 Injuries sustained during service; 28:14 Awards and medals; 29:04 Decision to leave the marine corps; 31:03 Education after the marines; 31:44 Future goals; 32:05 How time in marines affects life today; 33:17 Feelings on service; 34:30 End of interview.
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
2nd Platoon; Charlie Company; 1st Battalion; 8th Marine Regiment; 2nd Marine Division.
Location of Service
Paris Island (S.C.); Camp Geiger (N.C.); Camp Lejeune (N.C.); Fort Pickett (Va.); Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (Calif.); Camp Virginia (Kuwait); Al-Taqaddum Air Base (Iraq); Camp Leatherneck (Helmand Province, Afghanistan); Now Zad (Afghanistan); Dahaneh (Afghanistan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; NATO Medal
Infantry Rifleman, Cross-trained Machine Gunner.
Served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Sea service deployment twice. Awarded NATO Medal - International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central FL.
Connolly, Lehman P.; 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
Length of Interview
34 min., 30 sec.
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Lehman, Connolly P., "Connolly, Lehman P. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 411.