Streaming Media


Oral History interview of David Weiner. Interview conducted by Hopkins, Casey at Martin Memorial Health Center.


2:55 Birth/early family life/father; 4:11 Navy father; 4:30 High school/early anecdote of wanting to join the Army; 5:38 Benefits of service; 6:36 Delayed Entry Program; 7:40 Reasons for joining the Army/Early Days of training. Differences in New York South Carolina culture; 10:15 Camaraderie of the Army, More memories from basic training. First enlistment as a communications Specialist; 11:40 First taste of military life/Grenade course; 14:00 Basic at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina/Ft. Gordon in Georgia. First post at Ft. Meade, Maryland for the 519 MP Battalion; 15:01 First trips abroad/ Reserves/ Reenlistment/ Change to Special Forces. Jumping out of planes/E4 Specialist/54 jumps; 17:24 First experience in Iraq/Supporting Infantry Groups. Time with the 82nd in South America/ War on Drugs/ Gulf War; 18:41 Strongest memories of Iraq in the first Gulf War. Things to take away from military; 19:45 Relationships formed in service and time in Iraq. Being the new guy in the 112th Signal Battalion/Other deployments; 22:25 Life after Iraq/Korean and South American Deployments; 22:25 Life after Service/Car crash that ended his military career. Medical retirement/ Slow, depressing recovery; 1:25 Adjustment to civilian world/Finding a job; 5:00 Feelings on 9/11, wanting to reenlist. Thoughts on the second Iraq War and Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden; 31:15:00 Supporting the troops. If you don't stand behind your troops, stand in front of them; 32:05:00 Veterans groups/Feelings and concerns on joining Veteran's group at first. After effects of career-ending injury.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Huntington (N.Y.)





Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War; Operation Just Cause, Panama



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

519th Military Police Battalion; 18th Airborne Corps; HHC 504th PIR; 82nd Battalion; 112th Signal Special

Location of Service

Fort Jackson (S.C.); Fort Gordon (Ga.); Fort Meade (Md.); Washington (D.C.); New Hampshire; Iraq

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Service Ribbon; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional; Development Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon; National Defense Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Good Conduct Medal; Army Overseas Service Ribbon


Paratrooper; Combat Medic; Heavy Weapons Specialist

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Hopkins, Casey

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Martin Memorial Health Center.


Weiner, David F.; Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army

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

Length of Interview

34 Minutes, 35 Seconds


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage


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