Oral history interview of David Allen Holt. Interview conducted by Aaron Pullin at Orlando, Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:15 Why the Marines? Family background; 0:54 Recruitment; 1:45 Basic training; 2:39 Injury in training; 3:35 MCT training; 4:05 Specialized job training; 4:10 Deployment training and deployment; 6:30 1st day in Iraq, weeks after; 8:48 Adjusting to life in Iraq; 9:50 Missing home; 10:37 Favorite aspect of Iraq; 11:05 Least favorite aspect; 11:45 Hardest event; 13:20 Changed perceptions?; 14:07 Cruelty?; 15:08 On base responsibilities; 15:32 Racial diversity in battalion; 16:22 British forces; 16:59 Length of service; 17:30 Return to States, adjusting; 18:20 Contact with other soldiers; 18:37 Loss of friends?; 19:19 Exit from military; 19:56 Marijuana use; 20:58 Positive experiences? Changes?; 21:50 Problems with physical size; 22:18 What about Navy appeals; 22:40 Regrets; 23:00 Prepared by deployment; 23:24 Return of fellow soldiers; 24:25 Feelings on the war; 25:23 Afghanistan feelings; 25:40 What did you gain; 26:00 Would you encourage service.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Great Lakes (Ill.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Cherry Point (N.C.); Al Asad Airbase (Iraq)
Lance Corporal; LCpl
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Truck Driver; forced me to grow up; delivered to chow hall
He had a family history of military; father in Navy, grandfather in Marines
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Holt, David A.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Marines; Iraq; Afghanistan; 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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David, Holt Allen, "Holt, David Allen interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 49.