February 8, 2019

Float Tapes – Part 1

My Float Tapes… Back in August of 2001 I was in the Marine Corps with Bravo Company 1/1 out of Camp Pendleton. I was a young Sergeant, a squad leader in a line company. I was set to head out on a Westpac (Western Pacific) deployment with the 15th MEU SOC (Marine Expeditionary Unit – Special Operations Capable). The plan was to make our way over to Djibouti, Eastern Africa, do some training and come home. Plans changed on September 11th.

I set out back then to create a Float Video, following my experience on that deployment. I had a little Sony HandyCam that used MiniDV tapes. Over the course of the next 6 months I captured about 19 hours of footage. Following myself from start to finish on that deployment.

When I returned I didn’t know where to start with all of the footage and was busy with life. The Float Tapes, 19 of them, got misplaced in the shuffle and lost until I finally found them about 18 years later. This will be the story of that deployment…

Part 1 starts us off with the last night in the barracks down at Camp Horno.


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2 Comments on “Float Tapes – Part 1

Levi Bakke
February 14, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Awesome! I just shared this with 43 people in our unit. Thanks for doing this brother, i’m excited to see the rest. I remember you doing this and the tapes being sent out… always wondered what happened.
Semper Fi and carry on!

Levi Bakke

February 14, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Right on man, thanks a ton for sharing it. I’ve lost track of most all the guys, so thank you for reaching out.


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