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Oral History interview of Gary Lee Meyer. Interview conducted by Carrasuquillo, Edwin at Meyer's home in Orlando, FL.


0:00 Introduction to interviewers and veteran, name, date of birth; 1:00 Occupation and rank, engineer; 2:00 Life prior to military. Enlisting in marines; 4:00 Basic Training Camp; 5:50 Refers to classified military test; 6:20 The Crucible; 8:00 Civilian to Military life; 9:20 9/11 , Feelings on being deployed; 11:00 Opinion of War on Terror, and United States role; 12:00 Perception of Iraq, and Muslim people; 13:00 Stationing In Kuwait; 13:40 Combat/Convoy roles; 14:20 Opinion and encounters with allied forces of other nations; 15:30 Differences in British training and habits; 17:00 Free time, Internet resources; 18:00 Supply runs, Marines and air force base; 19:30 Camaraderie; 20:30 Discusses differences in Army and Marines; 21:40 Friendships after service; 22:40 Interactions with Iraqi people; 24:00 Briefly comments on Security Forces; 25:00 Iraqi forces surrender, Patriot missiles; 26:30-32:30 Missile Attack, March 19, 2003; 26:50 President Bush authorizes bombing, Saddam kills civilians; 27:30 Fear, and the enemy; 29:50 Shell shock; 30:40 Superior Officer breaks down; 32:40 "Stop Lost" and end of service; 33:00 Desire to reenlist and families opinion; 33:50-35:00 Meets spouse during service; 35:00 Readapting to civilian life; 36:50 Talks about lost comrades.



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Interview Date


Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Department of History, University of Central Florida


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type