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Oral History interview of David Beshears. Interview conducted by Koch, Matt at Veteran's Home in Davenport, FL.


00:07 Name, Rank, Branch and Division; 00:15 Biographical data; birthplace, birthdate, family; 00:50 Education and College degree; 01:16 Enlistment; motivation and enlisting with best friend; 02:42 Family's military history; 03:14 Expectations of military; 03:38 Reaction to September 11; 4:08 Preparation for conflict post September 11; 5:37 Experience in Boot Camp; 6:34 Stationing domestically and overseas; 7:58 Contacting family overseas; 8:28 Morale overseas and domestically; 9:20 Special training; 10:03 First combat experience; 10:43 First time returning fire; 11:26 Members of company are wounded and killed in Iraq; 12:33 Reaction to fellow soldiers being wounded and killed; 13:55 Experiences with conflict in Iraq; 15:34 Facilities while isolated from base in Iraq; 17:28 Experience in Iraqi town; 18:47 Daily life in isolation, duties away from base; 19:49 Interactions with Iraqi civilians; 20:44 Sentiment towards Iraqi culture; 21:07 Contrast of life in bases and isolation; 22:36 Sentiment towards Iraqi culture after conflict and war; 3:07 Reception upon returning home; 23:34 Personal reaction to veterans and fellow soldiers; 23:54 View of current conflict in the Middle East; 24:28 How the military has affected his life; 25:00 Continued contact with fellow veterans; 25:32 Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress; 26:01 How he would change his experience in the military; 26:43 Advocating enlistment; 27:04 Sentiment towards movies and domestic news; 28:34 Continued interaction with Iraqi people and purchasing items from them; 29:20 Continued family enlistment; 29:56 Sentiment towards anti-war protests; 30:25 Poor treatment of Iraqi people by Saddam and how it has changed.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Wharton (Tex.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Bravo Company, 2nd of 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Corporal; CPL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Achievement Medal


Paratrooper Combat Lifesaver and Expert Marksman


Won 3 Army Achievement Medals.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Koch, Matt

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in Davenport, FL.


Beshears, David W.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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

32 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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