Project of the Skyline
College/North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline
Student project for LSCI 110 – Digital Oral Research Project, Skyline College
Legacy yet to be written: Mark Miranda III
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2005 interview by Matt Miranda with Mark Miranda III, who is a Vietnam Veteran and is now a U.S. Customs Supervisory Inspector.
Mark Miranda III in the middle w/ his sons at his side.
Background Information (71 KB)
Basic information on Miranda
Mark Miranda stands with his parents & siblings after graduating from camp Pendleton
Joining the Marines (272 KB)
Call of duty around the corner, Vietnam War escalates.
”It was either join or be drafted…”
Mark Miranda at graduation from camp
Marine Corps. Training (275 KB)
Upon joining the United States Marine Corps,
Mark endures Marine Corps boot camp.
After completing the hardships of boot camp, Mark is now apart of the 2070 Platoon.” This is Mark’s family now…”
Mark is in the third row from the top, 9th Marine (starting from left to right)
These roughnecks were like brothers to my father as they watched out for each other.
This was the bunk that Mark had. The bunk was no hotel suit, but was sufficient for down time.
Transition to Vietnam (460 KB)
Demilitarized Zone; port of entry and drop off for military supplies
Deep in the heart of Vietnam (663 KB)
A description of
A market in a poor Vietnamese village in Dong Ha
These are two Vietnamese boys my father came across on his recon missions;
My father befriended these boys by trading them some bubble gum in return for a can opener
Mark is seen here fishing with grenades. After the underwater explosion, many fish floated to the surface, while the local villagers gathered the fish for food.
Closure to Vietnam (168 KB)
Mark gives his views and insights on the Vietnam war.
“Mark stands by his jeep that he use’s to transport the General he is assigned to protect”
Final thoughts of a life changing experience (647 KB)
Mark here gives his final thoughts of all the hardships he has endured, and where it has landed him today.
Inspector Miranda is seen here greeting a
Russian official as he and the rest of the
Inspector Miranda has just completed a mission where he and other fellow Customs officers successfully arrested a heroin smuggling cartel and his accomplices.
Image sources: Images provided by Mark Miranda III “Any use of these images is prohibited!”
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last revised: 5-24-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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