The GCLS Veterans Interview project collected interviews from local veterans from a range of wars and asked them to talk about their experiences. Francis Xavier Lorbecki, Jr. enlisted into the Marine Corp Reserves the day after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941. He served in the 2nd Signal Company, 2nd Marine Division FMF during WWII in Communications. His service took him to New Zealand, the Battle of Tarawa, the Gilbert Islands, the Battle of Saipan, the Battle of Tinian Island, the Mariana Islands, and the Hawaiian Islands. His signal company trained with the original 19 Navajo Code Talkers. Francis was sent home at the end of the war, having served 26 months and 15 days overseas. Upon his return to the United States, Francis re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. He served a total of 11 years, ending his service with the rank of Corporal. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Medal for the Battle of Tarawa. He currently resides in Woolwich, NJ. He was interviewed at GCLS Logan Library on September 17, 2019, by GCLS Sr. Library Assistant, Bennett Carlton.