Oral history interview of Douglas Whitney Jackson. Interview conducted by Kathleen Jackson at Orlando, FL.
0:40 Background information; 1:10 Reason for enlisting; 2:23 Area he was trained; 4:00 His impending deployment; 4:55 Length of war-estimate; 5:50 Did his training properly prepare him; 6:20 Location of deployment and assignment; 9:00 Army was training the Iraqi police; 9:23 Main obstacles his unit faced; 10:33 His level of safety; 10:50 Was his unit capable of handling their assignment; 11:25 Level of violence and incidents; 13:15 Who were the insurgents; 14:05 Damage in the city; 16:00 Interaction with civilians; 18:25 Out of touch with family and friends was most draining; 19:32 His conversations with people who don't agree with the war; 20:11 His view of the war affected by his tour; 21:05 The Marines purpose in Iraq; 22:23 Reason for leaving the Marine corps; 23:10 What misconceptions he believes people have about the war; 24:25 Doug's feelings toward Iraq as a nation and a people; 26:00 How his experience has changed him as a person; 26:50 What he would like to see in Iraq.
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
1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
Location of Service
North Carolina; Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
The veteran served as an infantry rifleman (4 years) and marksmanship Instructor (1 year).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Jackson, Douglas W.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps
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, "Jackson, Douglas Whitney interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 9.