Student-Veteran Oral History Project


James Petri Interview

Narrator Name

James Petri

Streaming Media

Interviewer Name

Gabby Nagorite and Wilson Steinmeyer

Context for Interview

The interview of James Petri was conducted by Gabby Nagorite and Wilson Steinmeyer for their Honors 101 Oral History project. The interview was also conducted to give future viewers an idea about what Marine Corps life is like by going talking through the experience of an E6 veteran.

Brief Description of Interview

This interview discusses the childhood of James Petri, leading up to his present life as a Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Petri discusses how his childhood and living environment led to his decision to join the Marine Corps. The interview also touches on Mr. Petri’s military service in the infantry and EOD. The interview goes into detail about the OIF and OEF tours that Mr. Petri was a part of. The interview then concludes with Mr. Petri’s college transition, his post-military life, and his overall reflections on the military.

Part two:

Duration of Interview

1 hour, 21 min

Date of Birth



Tacoma, WA



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Marine Corps

Theaters/Locations of Service

MCRD San Diego, CA; 2nd Bn/5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA; EOD/Eglin AFB, FL; Honolulu, HI; Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Ethiopia, Singapore


Highest Rank Attained

E-6/Staff Sgt.

Major Course of Study

Physics/Applied Mathematics

Previous College/University Experience

Aiken Tech

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Petri Transcript

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Petri Index