Oral History interview of Edwin Perez. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at Orlando, FL.
0:25 Birthplace; 0:35 Growing up in Brooklyn; 1:10 Siblings; 1:32 Parents occupation; 1:57 Education before the Marine Corps; 2:10 Family service in the military; 2:21 Influence to join the Marine Corps; 2:41 Parents reaction to joining; 3:03 Military Occupation Specialty; 3:10 Boot Camp location; 3:21 Impression of Boot Camp; 3:35 Typical day in Boot Camp; 3:58 Additional training; 4:55 Communicating with family while in training; 6:00 First assignment at Camp Lejeune; 6:35 MOS training; 7:00 Stationed in Hawaii; 7:43 Duties and training in Hawaii; 8:15 Communicating with family in Hawaii; 8:35 Evacuation team; 9:05 Missing the Vietnam War; 9:22 Dream sheet; 10:12 Living conditions; 10:22 C-Rations; 11:05 Medals and awards; 11:40 Making friends; 12:35 Feelings upon leaving the service; 14:05 Public reaction to having served; 15:30 Training and careers after the military; 17:17 Lessons learned from the military; 17:48 Veterans groups; 18:15 Advice for prospective service members; 19:30 Regrets; 20:35 Regrets not going to school; 21:35 Service members struggling with addiction and pain; 22:20 Providing support for service members; 23:35 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
24, Camp Lejeune and 4th Brigades
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Communications; Commo Chief
Won Presidential Award twice. Awarded as a member of the evacuation Team.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Perez, Edwin; Cold War -- 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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Edwin, Perez, "Perez, Edwin interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 433.