Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Gregory Bowles. Interview conducted by DeMinck, David at John C. Hitt Library, the University of Central Florida Main Campus.


0:35 Basic biographical data, family; 1:31 Enrollment into the Army on delayed entry program while in high school; 1:50 Marine Corps ROTC; increased rank; 2:01 Why he joined the army, delay in college; 3:35 Differences between ROTC and enlistment; 5:02 Transition from civilian to military, Ft. Jackson (sound problem @ 7:37); 7:48 Advanced training; Aberdeen Proving. Grounds; Maryland; 8:52 Going home for Christmas, visiting family; 9:31 Ft. Campbell; assignment to 101st; 10:41 Daily duties @ Campbell (sound problem @ 11 :03); 12:05 College vs. civilian contractor; 13:01 Working in the motor pool (sound problem@ 13:38); 14:43 Operation Iraqi Freedom length of deployment, initial reaction to Kuwait; 16:15 Ft. Campbell vs. deployment near Baghdad; 17:05 Forced protection (sound problem@ 17:47), transport; 19:18 Equipment used; supply; 20:40 Morale, off duty activities, care packages; 23:14 Relating to civilians (sound problem @ 25.15); 25:30 Differences between active duty and Army National Guard; 28:04 Adjustment to civilian life, college; 29:26 Ending up in Florida; 30:15 Personal changes due to deployment; 32:03 First experience with direct fire; 34:54 PTSD, fireworks display at Epcot; 36:23 Advice to those considering military service {sound problem 38:39; 40:33).



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