Oral History interview of Padraic Baker. Interview conducted by Rollo, Mitchell at the University of Central Florida Library Group Study Room.
0:30 Family; 2:00 Growing up in central Florida (Ocoee); 2:45 Enlisting in the military; 3:50 Why choosing the Army; 4:50 Life before leaving for training; 5:20 Training at Fort Jackson; 7:40 Training at Fort Huachuca; 9:10 Adapting to military life; 9:30 Leaving for Iraq; 10:30 Being a part of the 368th Battalion and training at Fort Dicks; 11:10 Arriving at Salad Air Base in Iraq; 12:00 Duties at Balad Air Base; 15:30 UAV missions; 16:30 Over watch missions; 18:00 Typical day at Balad Air Base; 20:00 Making friends in the military; 21:00 Contacting home; 21:40 Action experienced overseas; 22:00 Decision to join the military; 23:00 Frank the Ugandan; 24:10 Interactions with Iraqi civilians; 25:00 Iraqi civilian response to US presence; 26:30 Previous knowledge of Iraq before arriving; 27:50 Experiences with Iraqi food; 28:45 Exploring Iraqi shops; 31:30 The return home.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
377th Military Intelligence Battalion
Location of Service
Fort Jackson (S.C.); Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Fort Dicks (N.J.); Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library Group Study Room.
Baker, Padraic G.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Baker, Padraic Galen interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 145.