Student-Veteran Oral History Project

Hillary Polander Interview

Narrator Name

Hillary Polander

Streaming Media

Interviewer Name

Kylie Tager

Context for Interview

Hillary Polander is a Marine Corps veteran and first year chemistry major at USC Aiken. Kylie Tager is a first year biology major at USC Aiken. The interview was conducted for Honors 101-Oral History.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview begins with a brief history of Polander’s childhood and high school years. The interview then changed focus to her military career, beginning with Parris Island and ending with her duties in Air Support Squadron at Cherry Point MCAS, NC. The interview then focuses on her life post-military, school (universities, major, difficulty of transition, etc.), hobbies, lifestyle changes, and future goals.

Location of Interview


Duration of Interview

20 minutes

Date of Birth



Cleveland, OH



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Marine Corps; Air Support

Theaters/Locations of Service

Camp Lejeune, NC; Twentynine Palms, CA; Cherry Point MCAS, NC

Highest Rank Attained

Lance Corporal

Major Course of Study


Previous College/University Experience

Ohio State; Columbus State