Oral History interview of Chinseta Grande. Interview conducted by Grande, Chinseta at Orlando, FL.
0:33 Birth and Early Childhood; 3:46 Decision to join the military/marines; 6:54 Family in military/reaction; 9:40 Joining the Marines; 15:16 Traveling to Paris Island; 17:12 Initial activities at Boot Camp; 18:05 Female battalion and being with females exclusively; 19:16 Marine Corps training objectives; 19:45 Female drill instructors; 21:20 PRT and IT; 24:15 Paris Island sandpit and sand fleas; 26:22 End of Boot Camp and the Crucible; 31:38 Different phases of Boot Camp; 34:05 Choking on an orange; 37:05 Boot Camp prom queen; 40:00 Peeping Tom; 44:00 Getting sick during Boot leave; 45:54 MCT; 47:30 Combat Buddy; 48:43 MRE's at MCT; 55:45 MOS school; 57:24 HMX1 Presidential Helicopter Squad; 49:30 SSD; 57:55 Working in Fiscal department; 1:03:17 Presidential trips; 1:04:25 Living conditions and social life at Quantico; 1:07:15 Communicating with friends and family; 1:08:05 Medals; 1:08:45 Volunteering with the community; 1:13:35 Leaving the Marine Corps; 1:14:50 Going to college after leaving; 1:16:35 Changing degrees; 1:18:30 Military experience translating to civilian work life; 1:19:55 Advice for future service members; 1:24:25 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Santa Rosa (Calif.)
War or Conflict
Post-Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Marine Helicopter Squadron One- Presidential Helicopter Squadron
Location of Service
Parris Island (S.C.); Quantico (Va.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Presidential Service Badge; Good Conduct Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; National Defense Medal
See video for details.
Received The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Grande, Chinseta; Post-Cold War Era; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Chinseta, Grande, "Grande, Chinseta interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 435.