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NARRATOR: William E. Koch
BIOGRAPHY: Bill Koch, born in
Massachusetts in 1959, served in the Marine Corps between 1976 and 1996, and was
stationed in Okinawa, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He was a Gunnery Sergeant
in the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion during the Persian Gulf War, 1991.
BIRTHDATE: February 10, 1959
INTERVIEWER: Jeremy Sizemore
DATE: September 24, 2003
Date processed: 5-2005
Processed By: M. Olliff
Topic of Discussion
Goes to join the navy but tricked into joining the Marines
First day in the Marine Corp. was just like you see on T.V.
Drill Instructor rode me hard. It wasn't until I graduated boot camp that I found out the reason he rode me hard was because we were from the same hometown.
Made it through boot camp by referring to the recruiter saying that I would never become a Marine. Always had a competitive nature so it was a must to make it.
After boot camp, went for Field Skills Training Unit (FSTU).
Deployed to the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines in the Caribbean. Trained for war.
Deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Persian Gulf War 1. Moves into desert to carry out mission of clearing mine fields for the advancement into Kuwait.
Desert Storm kicks off. Sorties flying above and it known that the war has started.
No personal engagement is incurred. Iraqi forces that are met just surrender. Artillery bombardment did occur.
Job in the war was to clear paths through the mine fields for troop advancement. Three tanks are blown up in this process but no lives are lost.
War recollection. Did serve six months on naval ship in 1983. During this time the Marine barracks in Beirut were bombed and placed on standby
Keeping in touch with family was done only writing. No phones in the desert to talk on. It took around two weeks to respond through letters.
Military food. On base it got progressively better over time. In the field MREs were eaten.
The war was very stressful. In command of forty Men that must be kept safe from harm.
Almost involved in friendly fire. Commanding officers were coming back into camp on tanks and almost fired upon by platoon.
A sense of camaraderie existed between the men and commanding officers. Each man trusted his life with the one beside him.
Retired on 24 May 1996. Last day was exciting but also confusing.
After the Marine Corp., took a job at West Building supply Company in Dothan. Became a family man.
Keep in touch with two fellow Marines by mainly e-mail and some phone conversations.
Military influenced life a great deal. Carries the Marine code of honor in everything that is done daily.
Recommend everyone serve at least two years in military. Military makes a man or woman out of people. Military teaches independence.