Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Michael Gieger. Interview conducted by Bowles, Gary at the University of Central Florida Library.


0:00 Introduction; 0:25 Growing up; 1:05 Reasons for joining the army; 2:20 Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS); 3:38 Basic Training; 7:25 Advanced Individual Training (AIT); 9:15 Feelings on being deployed; 10:30 First duty station: Ft. Stuart; 11:50 Bosnia; 13:48 Joint patrols in Bosnia; 15:20 Coming home; 16:05 Deploying to Kuwait; 17:30 Impression of Kuwait; 18:15 Waiting for the "go ahead; " 19:30 Advancing into Iraq; 20:45 Experience going into Baghdad; 22:45 Station in Baghdad; 23:40 Camp Marlboro; 24:40 Duties in Baghdad; 26:20 Overall experience in Iraq; 28 Iraqi police; 29:26 Coming back to the United States; 30:45 Finding out about second deployment; 31:58 Feelings of being a leader; 33:00 South Korea; 33:45 Second deployment to Iraq; 35:08 Second experience in Kuwait; 35:33 Station in Iraq; 36:50 Mission for the unit; 38:38 Scariest moments; 44:24 Impressions of Iraqi civilians; 45:29 Coming back to the United States and retirement; 47:34 Final remarks.

Place of Birth

Jacksonville (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

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