Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011; Afghan War, 2001-
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
  • Location of Service: Iraq; Kunar Province, Afghanistan; Herat Province, Afghanistan; Paktika Province, Afghanistan; Farah Province, Afghanistan
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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"But then I remember September 11th happened, and everybody sort of knew--we’d all been put on notice that things were going on--and suddenly the potential that you would be seeing direct combat increased exponentially." (Video interview, 11:15)

Captain Elliot Ackerman remembers being a typical laidback "California kid" as a child, but by the time he entered college he was determined to become a Marine and serve in special operations. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 2003, his classmates lamented that they had “missed the war” in Iraq, but by the time they finished training, a virulent insurgency had developed there, and Ackerman found himself leading an infantry platoon in combat six weeks after graduation. He later served as one of the early members of Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) as a Team Leader, and deployed to Afghanistan in this role in 2008. After leaving the Marine Corps, he also served in the Central Intelligence Agency before becoming a successful author, and he has published several novels related to the experience of war.

About this Item

Title

  • Elliot Leedom Ackerman Collection

Names

  • Library of Congress
  • Huber, Andrew
  • Ackerman, Elliot Leedom

State of Birth

  • CA

Home State

  • DC

Headings

  • -  Ackerman, Elliot Leedom
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.
  • -  Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
    • Location of Service: Iraq
    • Dates of Service: 2003-2011
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Afghan War, 2001-

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Location of Service: Kunar Province, Afghanistan; Herat Province, Afghanistan; Paktika Province, Afghanistan; Farah Province, Afghanistan
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 11/2004)
  • Video: Flash Drive [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 09/13/2017)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 2007 - 2015)
  • Video: Digital File [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 09/13/2017)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/108527

Cite as

  • Elliot Leedom Ackerman Collection (AFC/2001/001/108527), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

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

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

Library Of Congress, Andrew Huber, and Elliot Leedom Ackerman. Elliot Leedom Ackerman Collection. 2003. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108527/.

APA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Huber, A. & Ackerman, E. L. (2003) Elliot Leedom Ackerman Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108527/.

MLA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Andrew Huber, and Elliot Leedom Ackerman. Elliot Leedom Ackerman Collection. 2003. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108527/>.