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The NYC Veterans Oral History Project: Sarae Ramos-Tillman, Veteran Interview, Part 1

March 4, 2013

Sarae Ramos-Tillman (Part 1 of 2):

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Brief Biography:


Sarae Ramos-Tillman recorded her oral history on March 4th, 2013 at the Bronx Library Center in Bronx, NY. Ms. Ramos-Tillman was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1999-2005 and she served in Iraqi Freedom, stationed at Camp Commando, north of Kuwait and two miles from Basra, Iraq. She was a part of the 6th Communications Battalion. During her seven month tour, Ms. Ramos-Tillman adjusted to extreme desert heat and the lack of cold water and a flushing toilet. In this interview, Ms. Ramos-Tillman describes her experience, honing in on specific moments and helping to paint a picture of what Iraqi Freedom looked like from a soldier’s point of view. Currently, Ms. Ramos-Tillman is married, the mother of two children, and a proud member of the New York Police Department.

Major Points in Interview:

Part 1:

3:40 - Receiving orders to be deployed to Iraq
19:45 - When Camp Commando was bombed; realizing the war had begun
29:07 - Story of army convoy of women that is ambushed and tortured

Part 2:

:07 - The trials and taunts women faced at the camp from male troops
5:30 - Half of Camp Commando is burned down
20:06 - Taking down camp after George W. Bush declares victory in June 2003
26:00 - A return home and a celebration
34:54 - The effects of the war and where she is now


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