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"It probably crosses my mind everyday--everyday I think about it." (Video interview 27:23)

   Jared Daniel Taylor
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Jared Taylor [detail from video]
War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Service Location: Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; Bahrain; Kuwait; Fallujah, Iraq
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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Stationed in the city of Fallujah, Iraq, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jared Daniel Taylor interacted with Iraqi civilians on a daily basis. Seeing the challenges that they faced led him to empathize with their struggles, and also inculcated a strong sense of purpose; he credits his service in Iraq as the most rewarding job of his life. Complementing his video interview are 86 photos depicting his comrades, living quarters, and the people of Fallujah.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (7 clips)
»Complete Interview 
Download: video (51 min.)
»Photo Album  (86 photos)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (7 items)
Main responsibilities of his unit when stationed in Fallujah, Iraq; types of missions; getting to know the city. (03:12) Various responses of civilians to the presence of Marines in the city. (03:13) Experiences working with the Iraqi Army; finding Iraqi civilians to be warm and friendly. (06:01)
Having to shut off emotional response to what he witnessed in order to do his job; using humor to cope. (00:57) Close bonds with his comrades; empathizing with and wanting to help the Iraqi people; feeling a strong sense of purpose when he was serving. (02:21) Description of a typical day; types of missions; dealing with the massive amounts of gear and the oppressive heat. (04:37)
Politics of the war, and how it impacted his experience; media coverage of the war. (03:09)  

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