Oral History interview of Oliver Marcelli. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot with Austin Raabe on November 14, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida.
0:25 Birthplace and Date; 0:32 Family; 3:45 Early Service; 4:30 Family Reaction; 6:07 Boot Camp; 7:52 Why Marines; 9:52 First Deployment; 10:40 Initial Feelings; 11:47 First Location Overseas; 15:37 First Engagement; 18:18 Guadalcanal; 19:08 Keeping in Touch with Family; 19:44 Friendships; 20:39 Combat Injuries; 22:24 Returning to U.S.; 24:53 Family Reaction to Return; 25:25 Readjustment to Civilian Life; 28:27 Veteran Organizations; 29:15 Children; 29:50 Life Lessons Learned; 30:37 Views on War; 31:38 Message for Future Generations; 32:45 Anything Else; 33:26 Misconceptions of Veterans.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Red Banks (N.J.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
C Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Location of Service
Pacific Ocean; South Pacific Ocean; Oceania
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Guadalcanal; Battle of Peleliu
The veteran was a Rifle Marksman.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida
Marcelli, Oliver J.; World War, 1939-1945 -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Marcelli, Oliver Joseph interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 634.