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Michael Arndt at his retirement ceremony [6/20/1997]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
  • Location of Service: Kuwait
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/172

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"I'm just having the time of my life in school. It's all coming full circle what I worked for, for 22 years...I'm just having a blast." (Audio interview, 26:03)

In 1975, future Master Sergeant Michael Arndt was 20 years old and working at McDonald's. Sick of flipping burgers, and drawn by the allure of the uniform and the promise of a college education, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Fifteen years later, he served in the Persian Gulf War with the First Marine Division. He separated from the service ten years after that, in 1997. Five years after that, he was in the process of taking full advantage of the GI Bill's educational benefits.

Michael Arndt Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Michael Arndt Collection

Names

  • Stanton, Gary
  • University of Mary Washington, Department of Historic Preservation
  • Schmotzer, Mary
  • Arndt, Michael

Home State

  • Virginia

Headings

  • -  Arndt, Michael
  • -  Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Persian Gulf War, 1991

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Service Unit/Ship: 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
    • Location of Service: Kuwait
    • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1975-1997
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served in a computer support unit during Operation Desert Storm.

Materials

  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2001-11-20)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2003; 2003-04-02)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2001-11-20; 2002-01-01)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2001-11-20)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/172

Cite as

  • Michael Arndt Collection (AFC/2001/001/172), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Stanton, Gary, Department Of Historic Preservation University Of Mary Washington, Mary Schmotzer, and Michael Arndt. Michael Arndt Collection. 1975. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00172/.

APA citation style:

Stanton, G., University Of Mary Washington, D. O. H. P., Schmotzer, M. & Arndt, M. (1975) Michael Arndt Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00172/.

MLA citation style:

Stanton, Gary, et al. Michael Arndt Collection. 1975. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00172/>.