Name: Lee Carmichael
Branch: US Marine Corps
Age Joined: 18
Rank: Corporal E-4
Years Served: 4 and a half years
What made you want to serve our country?
Both my Grandfathers served and fought in WWII.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
Choose a MOS that will transfer to the civilian world.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” – Maj. Gen. James Mattis
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
Yes I did, I still talk to all 3 of them and my closest friend, more brother, Patrick Hurney lives about 20 from me.
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
Best food would have been the Warrior’s breakfast after the Crucible at the end of boot camp at Parris Island SC.The worst would be any Vegetarian MRE.
Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.
Oh man so many stories. Civilians can never understand our sense of humor.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
It taught me how to be a better person, It instilled in me a drive to never give up, never say it can’t be done.
Were you awarded any medals or citations? How did you get them?
Combat action ribbon for combat action in Iraq. Navy Marine Corps Achievement medal for my actions as a section leader in taking my Marines to a Combined Arms Exercise in 29 palms Ca. As an E-4 I was doing the job of an E-6 leading a section of Assault Amphibious Vehicles in live fire exercises. Navy Marine corps achievement medal for acting as an assistant section leader during amphibious operation and force readiness operations. Presidential Unit citation, Naval unit citation, Meritorious Unit citation, Sea service deployment ribbon x2, all for my first deployment overseas. Iraq campaign medal, Global war on terrorism medal, Good conduct medal, National defense service. 6th award rifle expert, 3 award pistol sharpshooter, 3 Meritorious Mass for exceptional job performance and the training of junior Marines.
Do you recall the day your service ended? Where were you?
I was at Camp Lejeune NC.
What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
Took a break and relaxed I had just got back from Iraq
Where did you travel while in the service?
Italy, Spain, France, Africa, Germany, Croatia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq
Why did you pick the service branch you joined?
In high school
I was in NJROTC 1Sgt Tom Falin was the reason I made it through high school. He made me want to be something better than I was, to
be a part of something great and elite.
Do you recall your first days in service?
Hard and fast nonstop is the best way to describe my first days.
Was there something special you did for “good luck”?
I carried my Grandfather’s Bronze star
Did you work or go back to school?
I went to work. School was never something I enjoyed.
Is there anything you would like to add that we have not covered in this interview?
Just to ask folks when they talk to the man upstairs put in a good word for all our service members and families.