Student-Veteran Oral History Project


Robert Murphy Interview

Narrator Name

Robert Murphy

Streaming Media

Interviewer Name

Douglas Higbee

Context for Interview

Robert Murphy is director of the Veterans and Military Students Success Center at USC Aiken, and is interviewed by Douglas Higbee, director of the USC Aiken Student-Veterans Oral History Project and Associate Prof. of English at USC Aiken

Brief Description of Interview

Interview begins with Robert Murphy’s childhood in upstate New York, to his enlistment in the Marine Corps at age 19, his 20+ year career in the Marines from 1982-2004, which includes duty in North Carolina, Japan, various places in the Middle East, Washington D.C., and Afghanistan. and his subsequent return to college at USC Aiken and his appointment as Director of the VMSSC.

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Location of Interview


Duration of Interview

2 hrs 20 min

Date of Birth



Watertown, NY



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Marine Corps; 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism)

Theaters/Locations of Service

Camp Lejeune, NC; Iwakuni, Japan; Quantico, VA; Middle East, including Afghanistan

Highest Rank Attained

Chief Warrant Officer 4

Major Course of Study

Business, B.S.

Previous College/University Experience

USC Columbia, M.B.A