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Interview with Ian Jennings Abney, January 26, 2010

Part of Col. Arthur L. Kelly American Veterans Oral History Collection

Interview with Ian Jennings Abney, January 26, 2010
Ian Jennings Abney; interviewee. Tyler Gayheart; interviewer.
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Ian Abney joined the United States Marine Corps right after graduating from high school. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a University of Kentucky Student. During Abney's service with the United States Marine Corps, Abney went on multiple deployments including a deployment to Fallujah. In this interview, Abney discusses why he joined the Marine Corps, his family's reaction to his enlistment, and his perception of Marines. He also describes his experiences in the service including boot camp, infantry training, and combat situations, particularly in the Anbar province of Iraq and with improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In addition, Abney explains why he left the Marine Corps, his transition to a campus community, and the influence his experiences in the service have had on his course of study at the University of Kentucky.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Veterans--Kentucky--Interviews., College students--Kentucky--Interviews., Veterans--Education (Higher)--Kentucky., United States. Marine Corps., War on Terrorism, 2001-2009., Iraq War, 2003-, Iraq., Fallujah, Battle of, Fallujah, Iraq, 2004., Anbar (Iraq : Province), Counterinsurgency--Iraq., Combat troops in action., Improvised explosive devices., Military service, Voluntary., United States. Marine Corps--Infantry., United States. Marine Corps--Military life., University of Kentucky.
Col. Arthur L. Kelly American Veterans Oral History Collection
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