Oral History interview of Matt Coxe. Interview conducted by Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
1:00 Childhood, life and parents; 2:00 Motivation to join; 3:00 Branch Choice and why; 4:00 Boot Camp; 6:30 First Unit to be sent to Kuwait and break borderline; 8:30 Thoughts of Saddam; 11:30 Relationships with Unit; 12:30 Climate Conditions; 14:00 Everyday assignments; 15:00 Baghdad; 17:30 Experience with friend's death; 18:30 Locals; 21:00 First entering combat; 22:30 Perceptions of the media; 24:30 Locals response to Ba'ath Party; 26:30 Women-did not see very many; 27:30 Reactions of children; 27:45 Locals overall reactions to US troops; 28:00 Local social-economic status; 32:00 Combat; 34:00 Combat and conditions from being in a tank; 35:00 US tactics in Iraq; 37:30 Iraqi Soldiers tactics; 39:00 Preparing for battle compared to real battle; 41:30 Killed Iraqi Guard General; 43:00 Missing the Experience; 44:15 Homecoming; 46:00 Adjusting to civilian life; 46:45 Keeping in touch with friends from unit.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
2nd Marine Division, 2nd Tank Battalion, Bravo Company, 3rd Platoon; Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Division, with 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment (infantry)
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Baghdad; Nasiriyah; Ramallah
Presidential Unit Citation; Certificate of Commendation
Was among earliest deployed to Kuwait, served as tank gunner throughout the initial invasion and the push to seize Baghdad, crossed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, occupied a presidential palace in Baghdad
Participated in recurring battles throughout the initial push to Baghdad, serving as lead element for much of that time. Including the initial breach of the border, Nasiriyah, Ramallah, Baghdad, etc.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Coxe, Matt; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; 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
Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Matt, Coxe, "Coxe, Matt interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 71.