Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
  • Location of Service: Camp Pendleton, California; Iraq
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

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"[I was] always saying to myself I ain't gonna be the one...that one kid back home still running around...not having a life." (Video Interview, 5:47)

Sergeant Luis Almaguer had it rough--raised by his grandparents, he married at 17 and dropped out of high school--before he found a second chance in 1997 with the Marine Corps at the age of 20. He was deployed to Iraq as part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in June 2004. A member of a Personal Security Detachment (PSD), he experienced first-hand the humanitarian efforts being made in Iraq, as plans were made to rebuild the city and community of Najaf.

About this Item

Title

  • Luis Daniel Almaguer Collection

Names

  • Dreier, David
  • U.S. House of Representatives/David Dreier
  • Chiera, Athena
  • Almaguer, Luis Daniel

State of Birth

  • TX

Home State

  • TX

Headings

  • -  Almaguer, Luis Daniel
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- 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: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
    • Location of Service: Camp Pendleton, California; Iraq
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1997-2006
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Regimental/unit histories [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2005)
  • Photograph: Digital print [26 items] -- Photograph (collected 2004 - 2005)
  • Video: MiniDV [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 08/02/2005)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 11/2004)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Electronic file of photograph (collected 2005)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 08/02/2005)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/34147

Cite as

  • Luis Daniel Almaguer Collection (AFC/2001/001/34147), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

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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:

Dreier, David, U.S. House Of Representatives/David Dreier, Athena Chiera, and Luis Daniel Almaguer. Luis Daniel Almaguer Collection. 1997. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34147/.

APA citation style:

Dreier, D., U.S. House Of Representatives/David Dreier, Chiera, A. & Almaguer, L. D. (1997) Luis Daniel Almaguer Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34147/.

MLA citation style:

Dreier, David, et al. Luis Daniel Almaguer Collection. 1997. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34147/>.