Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Anthony Rachow. Interview conducted by Doughty, Dylan at Rachow's Residence.


00:01 Name; 00:11 Age when enlisted; 0:48 Job skills; 01:47 Training; 03:00 Age when trained; 03:29 Timeline of training; 03:53 Age expectation and military life; 04:33 Intensity of training; 04:50 Training expectations; 06:25 Reserves status; 06:55 Reserve time commitment; 07:22 Called to war; 08:22 Deployment process; 10:18 Civilians on flight?; 10:33 Flight occupants; 10:50 Landing; 12:01 Departure reception; 13:26 Transferring from Kuwait; 15:09 Initial Iraq invasion; 16:31 Transition into Iraq; 17:31 Transporting supplies; 17:57 Supporting role; 18:37 Rebuilding projects; 20:08 Seeing action; 22:39 Using weaponry; 24:35 Military check-ups; 25:45 Chain of command; 27:25 I.E.D.s; 29:41 Conflict Paranoia; 32:43 It's a part of you; 33:31 Acquaintances in extreme situations; 35:46 Experience in Baghdad; 37:27 Something always at your back; 38:53 Iraqi acceptance; 40:30 Friction with Iraqi civilians; 42:31 Relationship with lraqis; 44:03 Exiting the theater of war; 48:40 Dragging conflict; 50:09 News sources; 53.22 The return home.



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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