Oral history interview of Mr. Jean Sebastien Lajeunesse. Interview conducted by Daniela Aguirre at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on March 25, 2019.
0:35 Birthplace and family; 2:11 Education; 2:50 Family in the service; 3:30 Life prior to service; 3:46 Reasons for enlisting in the Marines; 5:59 Enlisting as an immigrant; 7:18 ASVAB; 7:33 Other loved ones reactions; 8:18 Boot camp and advanced training; 9:58 Job at first duty station Hawaii; 11:08 Unit in Hawaii; typical day; 12:58 Deployments; 13:35 First impressions of Afghanistan; 14:55 Role in Afghanistan; 16:50 Interactions with locals; 17:40 Invasion of Marja; 25:26 Returning home after deployment; 26:14 Second Deployment to Afghanistan; 29:30 Friendship with Afghani village elder; 31:34 Re-enlisting; 31:54 Rifle Range in Camp Pendleton; 33:50 Views on Marine Corps; 35:33 Memorable experience from Camp Pendleton; 37:20 Injury during first deployment; 39:59 Platoon Sergeant in a line platoon; 40:59 Memorable experience from Marines; 41:52 Awards; 44:44 Rejoining civilian workforce post-military; 46:09 Father's company, finding more rewarding work; 47:28 Family support; 49:30 Warriors to Farmers; PTSD therapy program; 52:26 University and military influence; 55:57 Veteran's groups; 56:40 Final thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st BN 3rd Marines Regiment, Bravo Company; Weapons Field Training Battalion; 1st Bn 4th Marines Regiment, Alpha Company
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Invasion of Marjah
Combat Action Badge; Presidential Unit Citation; Marine Unit Citation; Navy Achievement Medal; NATO Medal
The veteran was a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, and won several awards for training highest recruit shooter in recruit company.
The veteran is suffered from Post-traumatic stress disorder; he also has arthritis in spine.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Lajeunesse, Jean Sebastien; Operation Enduring Freedom, 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Lajeunesse, Jean Sebastien interview" (2019). Veterans Oral Histories. 636.