Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Geoffrey LaGarde. Interview conducted by Baker, Holly at the University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall.


0:39 Location of birth and birthdate; 0:46 Moved to Florida in 9th grade; 0:56 Inspiration to join the military; 1:30 Family reaction to joining the military; 2:09 Training experiences; 2:46 Branch of service and rank; 3:00 Stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; 3:10 Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; 3:22 Typical day as an Army Specialist in Iraq; 5:11 Interacting with locals in Al Hawijah, Iraq where stationed; 6:31 Joining the Air Force; 7:33 Typical day at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan; 9:12 Combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; 10:35 Casualties and injuries in unit; 11:35 Entertainment; 12:52 Memorable experiences; 13:46 Experience with Special Operatives; 15:41 Traveling in Iraq; 16:04 Traveling in Afghanistan; 16:20 Weather and terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan; 17:35 Receiving Army Commendation Medal; 18:16 Keeping touch with family back home; 19:27 Close friendships; 21:13 After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; 22:30 Military experience shaping ideas about war and military; 23:34 Feelings when first told he was going to Iraq; 25:06 Culture shock when arriving in Iraq; 26:00 Kurds, Shias and Sunnis in Northern Iraq; 28:07 How military experience affected his life.

Place of Birth

Boston (Mass.)



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