Oral History interview of Brian McGee. Interview conducted by Mcgee, Laci & Winegard, Ben at McGee Residence.
0:00-1:00 Biographical data; 1:00-2:00 Story of enlistment in Navy; 2:00-6:00 Discusses boot camp; 6:00-7:00 Specialized training; 7:00-9:00 Discusses extended training in Avionics; 9:00-10:00 Jobs involving electronics after boot camp; 10:00-11:00 Where served; sea operations detachment; Naval Air Station Jacksonville;11:00-12:00 Served on USS Kennedy and George Washington; discusses cruise; 12:00-14:00 On USS Roosevelt; story of flight onto aircraft carrier; 14:00-16:00 USS George Washington deployment; work-ups; JTFS; emergency training; 16:00-19:00 Main deployment; Rock of Gibraltar; Mediterranean; ports in Greece and Cro; 19:00-21:00 Persian Gulf ports- United Arab Emirates and Dubai; 21:00-24:00 Operation Southern Watch; FA-18 flight operations, EA-68 secret clearance; 24:00-25:00 Damaged aircraft; 25:00-27:00 USS Cole; on liberty; involvement; airline crash search and rescue; 27:00-28:00 Contact with family; email; 28:00-30:00 Discusses down time; life on carrier; 30:00-33:00 Pranks played on new sailors; 33:00-34:00 Returning home; 34:00-36:00 Crossing Atlantic in December; weather conditions on crossing; 36:00-37:00 Returning home; manning the rails; 37:00-39:00 Readjusting to civilian life; 39:00-40:00 Navy friends; staying in touch; 40:00-43:00 9/11; what it meant for enlistment; 43:00-45:00 Further enlistment; career; 45:00-46:00 Life lessons; 46:00-4 7:00 Air demonstration; F-14 breaking the sound barrier.
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
Sea Operations Detachment, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, 65B.
Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer 2nd Class
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle 'E' for highest performance ship in its class during Task Force Exercise; Earned Air Warfare Qualification 'Wings' on the first attempt (~25% pass rate); Received E-5 on first round of eligibility (~40% rate)
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Mcgee, Laci & Winegard, Ben
Location of Interview
McGee, Brian B.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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
Mcgee, Laci & Winegard, Ben
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "McGee, Brian B interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 156.