Oral History interview of Marius Loots. Interview conducted by Munoz, Sebastian at University of Central Florida.
0:30 Early Life and Childhood; 3:00 Why he chose the Marines; 4:50 Boot Camp Experience; 7:10 Camp Pendleton and Infantry School; 7:30 Tossing his first live grenade; 9:10 Arrival to the US Marines Base Hawaii; 14:10 First Deployment to Australia; 15:38 Drinking with a Superior officer for the first time; 17:00 Life in Australia; 17:40 The False Brief; 19:10 Accidentally Lighting the Australian Brush on Fire; 22:00 Comparing US Marine Benefits with Australian Army Benefits; 23:50 The Food and Australian Rations; 25:30 Stationing on the USS Germantown; 26:42 Activity onboard the Germantown; 27:48 Disease and Dysentery; 28:15 Turning 21; 30:20 Shellback Ceremony; 33:33 Interaction with Thai Military; 36:08 Experience in Indonesia and Malaysia; 43:30 IED Training; 44:29 Getting Drunk in Singapore; 46:47 Food Experience in Thailand; 47:55 Returns to the Australian Outback; 49:00 Degloves Finger; 50:00 Deployment to Okinawa; 52:42 Kicked out of a restaurant in Okinawa; 53:30 Training with the Korean Marines; 56:40 Training with the Korean Army; 57:35 Korean Food; 58:35 Loss of considerable weight doing mountain warfare training; 59:10 Jungle Warfare Training in Okinawa; 1:01:25 Returned to Hawaii on his Birthday; 1:02:25 Assigned to Military Police for rest of enlistment time; 1:03:30 Obama visits the base; 1:04:00 Stopped a drunk driver from entering the base at night; 1:05:53 Shenanigans with Rooster; 1:06:59 Why UCF, and his experience; 1:08:30 Perspective Between military and civilian life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Cape Town (South Africa)
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 Battalion 3rd Marines Fox Company
Location of Service
Kaneohe Bay Marine Corp Base (Kaneohe, Hawaii); Okinawa Island (Japan)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Acted as Military Police for 6 months.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Loots, Marius; 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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Marius, Loots, "Loots, Marius interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 497.