Veterans Oral Histories

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Document Type

Video

Interview Date

3-22-2013

Abstract

0:00 -- 1:00 Introduction, where he was born; 1:00 -- 2:00 Family/Siblings, reason he was born in the D.R. and Dual Citizenship; 2:00 -- 3:00 Back to the D.R. at 8 or 9 years old, looking back not a nice place; 3:00 -- 4:00 Where he lived in the D.R. and went to school, back to the Bronx; 4:00 -- 5:00 Asked about enlistment, wandering around, and why the Army? 5:00 -- 6:00 20 at time of enlistment and the process of enlistment; 6:00 -- 7:00 Exams, ASVAB, screenings before enlistment, processing; 7:00 -- 8:00 Moved to Florida, no friends, right situation, basic training transition; 8:00 -- 9:00 Transition, learning what to do and not to do, physical activity; 9:00 -- 10:00 He was ready for physical part and weapons training; 10:00 -- 11:00 Rank in basic, when he went into basic training; 11:00 -- 12:00 Enlisted right before 9/11, he knew he was going to war, length of basic; 12:00 -- 13:00 Adjusting to everyday military life, time between basic and Iraq; 13:00 -- 14:00 Base in Germany and how it was there; 14:00 -- 15:00 Morning exercises, training, classes, hands on, deployed in Feb.2003; 15:00 -- 16:00 Flew to Kuwait and staged there, trained, adapting to climate; 16:00 -- 17:00 The sand's effect on equipment, weight of equipment 35 lbs.; 17:00 -- 18:00 Equipment and heat, asked about missions and patrols; 18:00 -- 19:00 Combat missions: Najaf, Baqubah, Mosul, intensity of combat; 19:00 -- 20:00 Adrenaline of combat, lEOs, explosives, inside a Bradley; 20:00 -- 21:00 Intel on who he was fighting, insurgents, Jordan, Czech sniper; 22:00 -- 23:00 Hardly saw who he was fighting, ear protection inside a Bradley; 23:00 -- 24:00 Description of a Bradley and how safe and secure it was, in Iraq for a year; 24:00 -- 25:00 Close friendships with men there, close with driver who was wounded; 25:00 -- 26:00 Described relationship of driver and gunner, rank, off-duty activities; 26:00 -- 27:00 How he contacted family members; 27:00 -- 28:00 Asked if he knew anybody who was killed in action, Felucia casualties; 28:00 -- 29:00 Talked about some of the friends that he lost in the war; 30:00 -- 31:00 Back to Kuwait, the ride back to Germany on the ship, no entertainment; 31:00 -- 32:00 Securing of equipment on ship, landed in Belgium, bus back to Germany; 32:00 -- 33:00 Sightseeing in Germany, saw concentration camps, partying in Germany; 33:00 -- 34:00 30 days of leave, went to 5 different countries, 2 weeks to turn in gear; 34:00 -- 35:00 Returned to Florida in 2005, family reaction, readjustment to civilian life; 35:00 -- 36:00 Drinking and depression after return, got better after a while; 36:00 -- 37:00 Contact with fellow veterans through Facebook, being a veteran in Florida; 37:00 -- 38:00 Decision to be a firefighter; 38:00 -- END How he was desensitized, would he do it again? Timing, how it shaped him, thanked him for his time and service.

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