Interview with Caesar Melendez
Interview with Caesar Melendez, a native of Marfa, Texas who served in the U.S. Navy.
The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted with Caesar Melendez, a veteran of the United States Navy. For a transcript of the full interview, please click on the link below.
Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai conducted the interview in Marfa, Texas on June 12, 2015.
WONGSRICHANALAI: Okay. What was your conception of the United States’ role in the world when you joined the armed forces? What was the United States supposed to do in the world?
MELENDEZ: Well, honestly, I believe that we’re out there to preserve peace, help those who can’t help, or fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
WONGSRICHANALAI: And were you involved with any rescue operations or anything like that during this time?
MELENDEZ: No. No. I didn’t see any of that or any combat or anything.
WONGSRICHANALAI: Good. What’s the most fascinating place you visited on all these?
MELENDEZ: I would have to say Australia.
MELENDEZ: Australia. Very nice people there. I … I couldn’t believe, I mean low crime rate. Just overall friendly.
WONGSRICHANALAI: Where did you stop in Australia?
MELENDEZ: Perth and Fremantle.
MELENDEZ: And I still remember those places. And I got lots of photos when we were out there by the zoo. Although, I never did bring back that kangaroo.