Oral History interview of Margaret Barche. Interview conducted by Munoz, Sebastian at Windermere, FL.
0:30 Early life and Background; 2:55 Enlisted with Navy; 3:58 Entering Boot Camp; 6:00 First week Conditioning; 9:00 Living Situation on Base; 11:14 Feminine Hygeine Products in Boot Camp; 12:37 Daily Life on Base; 13:50 The Grinder; 15:39 Gets a case of Heat Exhaustion; 17:50 Chow Hall; 19:48 Social Life on Boot Camp; 21:05 Classes in Boot Camp; 22:00 Conversation diverts to PTSD; 23:13 Personal experience with Florida; 23:38 Talks of lack of contact with family; 25:00 Interviewer messes up; 26:15 Talks on not liking running; 26:50 Swimming; 29:30 Getting used to boot camp life; 30:10 Moment in boot camp that stuck out; 32:45 Liberty during boot camp; 33:00 Hair; 34:26 Honor Company; 35:40 Athletic competition between recruit companies; 38:00 Smoking; 38:30 Last Day of Boot Camp; 39:50 Advanced Training; 41:00 First Duty Station: Portsmouth Naval Hospital; 42:07 Advanced Lab School, Does not pass; 42:35 The USS Frank Cable; 42:40 Meets Husband; 43:00 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Post Cold-War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Naval Hospital Portsmouth; USS Frank Cable AS40
Location of Service
Chief Petty Officer; CPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Marksmanship Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Barche, Margaret E.; Post Cold-War Era -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
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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Margaret, Barche E., "Barche, Margaret E. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 527.