Interview Date: May 28, 2010
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Tyler Gayheart joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. In this interview, Gayheart discusses growing up, his decision to become a Marine, and his experiences in boot camp. Gayheart also describes his time in Hawaii before being deployed to Afghanistan and his experiences in preparing for combat overseas. He discusses being in Afghanistan itself, including engaging in combat and the downtimes between missions. In addition, Gayheart discusses his time after leaving the Marine Corps, returning to civilian life, and the shortcomings of the military in preparing him for the transition.
School: University of Kentucky
Major: Master of Business Administration
Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky
Service: United States Marine Corps
Wars Served: Operation Enduring Freedom
Dates: December 2002 – December 2006