Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Joshua Madsen. Interview conducted by Copeland, Stevie at Veteran's Residence.


00:20 Served in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; 00:27 Served in Army National Guard; 00:30 Was an E-5 Sgt.; 00:37 Served in AR Ramadi Iraq; 00:45 Grew up in Indian Harbor Beach; 00:52 Why he joined the Army National Guard; 01:04 Family Reaction to joining Military; 2:26 Training; 4:30 Arrival in Iraq/ How arrived and adjustment; 7:17 Changes witnessed during time in Iraq; 8:30 Cultural Differences; 10:30 Conflict in Iraq between Sunnis and Shia- effect on occupation; 11:50 Violence towards Iraqi's helping American forces; 12:30 What most Iraqi citizens wanted; 12:58 Policing Iraq/ Crime; 13:45 Media Coverage versus reality; 15:35 Medals received; 15:55 Communication via Satellite; 19:00 Recreation; 20:00 Didn't get to go on leave; 20:15 Schedule while serving/ 3 Day rotation; 22:40 Returning home/ ceremonies and celebrations; 24:00 Involvement in Veterans organizations; 25:00 Returning to being a firefighter; 25:45 Readjusting; 26:30 Effect of serving on how he thinks about war; 27:45 Continued contact with friends from service; 28:45 How service effected his life.



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

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