Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Aaron Benningfield. Interview conducted by Morak, Matthew at Veteran's Residence.

Log

2:18 Reason for joining Marines; 3:19 Grandfather's service had influence; 5:25 Almost quit first day of training camp; 14:00 Where he served; 18:35 Special training for special skills; 19:25 Invasion of Nasiriyah; 19:55 Taking Baghdad; 20:46 Operation Phantom Fury; 23:15 Most shocking events witnessed; 26:08 Perception of Iraqi people; 28:15 Perception of government in place; 29:41 Perception of war in Iraq; 34:16 Examples of heroism he has witnessed; 34:55 Relationship with squadron; 37:18 How people treated him once home; 38:28 Did military help readjust to civilian life; 42:20 What he learned about Iraqi history; 43:55 Limitations on information given to family; 47:23 Life lessons learned.

Date of Birth

1980-09-23

Place of Birth

Louisville (Ky.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Kentucky

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1998-05-01

2010-08-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

Alpha Company, 1st Marine Corps Division; 2nd Marine Corps Division

Location of Service

Nasiriyah (Iraq); Fallujah (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Battle of Nasiriyah; Operation Phantom Fury

Achievements

Military Police Instructor; Crisis/Hostage Negotiator

City of Birth

Louisville

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Morak, Matthew

Interview Date

4-5-2013

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence.

Subjects

Benningfield, Aaron L.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps

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

Contributors

Morak, Matthew

Length of Interview

51 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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