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Oral history interview with Yolanda Medina, 2019.

Author: Yolanda Medina; Ellen Bowers Healey; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio   Computer File : English
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In this oral history interview, Yolanda L. Medina discusses her service as an aircraft technician in the Marine Corps from July 1981 to August 1985 including her service with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, VMAT-203 in Cherry Point, North Carolina; the Military and Veterans Service Office at Carroll College; and her position as director of the Military and Veterans Resource Center at the University of
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Genre/Form: interviews
sound recordings
Oral histories
Personal narratives
Named Person: Yolanda Medina
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Sound Recording, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yolanda Medina; Ellen Bowers Healey; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 1121594284
Notes: Digital access files may be available on request.
Event notes: Interviewed by Ellen Bowers Healey on June 7, 2019, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Description: Security disc 2 audio discs (approximately 1 hr., 19 min.) ; 4 3/4 in. + Transcript (35 pages)

Abstract:

In this oral history interview, Yolanda L. Medina discusses her service as an aircraft technician in the Marine Corps from July 1981 to August 1985 including her service with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, VMAT-203 in Cherry Point, North Carolina; the Military and Veterans Service Office at Carroll College; and her position as director of the Military and Veterans Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Medina graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1980 and received a full scholarship to Carroll College. Medina explains joining the Marine Corps with Joe Medina, her then boyfriend and using the buddy system. She discusses meeting with Marine Corps recruiters and her parents' reaction when they found out she had joined. In 1981 she went to Paris Island, South Carolina, for basic training. She outlines her impressions of the drill instructors, the shock of the first days of training, and how she enjoyed the orderliness. Medina discusses her series leaders and how their professional Marine appearance inspired her. She graduated on September 8, 1981, and attended Joe's graduation the next day. She describes how proud her parents were to see her graduating. Medina went to Naval Support Mid-South Air Station in Millington, Tennessee, for aircraft technician training. She discusses eloping with Joe in Tennessee and graduating second in her class. Medina was then assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, VMAT-203 in Cherry Point, North Carolina. She describes how her command and non-commissioned officers were very welcoming and how a few enlisted Marines tried to play tricks on her and how she earned their respect. She discusses her delivery at the naval hospital and the support of one of her non-commissioned officers during her pregnancy. Medina describes her work as an Environmental Systems Technician for the Harrier aircraft working on air conditioning, ejections seats and oxygen systems, and discusses not enjoying flying in the Harriers. She outlines recreational activities around Cherry Point and why many of the Hispanic marines became friends with each other. Medina discusses Joe's frequent deployments, the effects the Beirut barracks bombing had on him, and their decision to leave the Marines. Medina was discharged from the Marines in August 1985. She discusses moving to Dallas, Texas, doing administrative work and having three more children while Joe pursued becoming a pastor. In 1999, they move back to Genesee, Wisconsin, and lived there for ten years before moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin. Joe worked as a pastor in Waukesha County and Medina worked at Carroll College for thirteen years in administration and earned her bachelor's degree in May 2016. She outlines Joe's declining health, the care he received at the VA hospital in Milwaukee, the support of her family, the veteran community, and the community at Carroll College that she received when he passed away on August 12, 2016. Medina describes becoming involved with veterans groups in 2009, developing policies to help activated-reservist students, establishing a military and veterans service office at Carroll College in 2015 and earning her master's degree. Medina is currently the director of the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Medina reflects on her feelings about leaving the Marine Corps, serving with Joe, patriotism, and recognizing the importance of her roll in a training squadron.

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