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Raphael "Royal" Raymond, Interviewed by Brittany Iles, 2014
Name of person(s) interviewed: Raphael Royal Raymond
Other people present: Brittany Iles
Researcher: Brittany Iles
Date of interview: 6/3/14
Location of interview: Helix Community Church
General description of contents: Background information before being deployed, his experiences while enlisted, his life after being honorably discharged, and later years.
Length of interview: 32:19
0:01 Were you drafted or did you enlist?
0:03 Where were you living at the time?
1:06 Why did you joined?
1:25 Do you recall your first days in service?
3:08 Tell me about your boot camp experiences?
4:59 How did you get through it?
5:26 Which war(s) did you serve in?
6:10 Where exactly did you go?
10:19 Did you see combat?
13:34 Were you awarded any metals or citations?
13:55 How did you stay in touch with your family?
14:22 What was the food like?
15:09 Did you have plenty of supplies?
16:51 Did you feel pressure or stress while there?
17:44 Was there anything you did for “good luck”?
18:10 Were there entertainers?
18:59 How did people entertain themselves?
21:32 Did you get leave? If so what did you do while on it?
21:58 Where did you travel while in the service?
22:21 Do you recall any particularly humorous or unusual event?
23:23 Were there pranks that you or others would pull?
23:45 What did you think of officers or fellow soldiers?
26:05 Did you keep a personal diary?
26:17 Do you recall the day your service ended?
26:59 What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
28:25 Did you work or go back to school?
29:04 Did you join a veteran’s organization?
Later Years and Closing
29:21 Do you attend reunions?
30:03 How did your service and experiences affect your life?
Mr. Raphael "Royal" Raymond