Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Bryan Crum. Interview conducted by Gent, Daniel at the University of Central Florida Cocoa regional campus Library.


0:00 Introduction; 1:00 Early Childhood, Family Situation; 1:45 Decision to join the Navy, timing; 3:45 Family Military History; 5:00 Training, environment. Gunner's Mate; 8:00 Weapons, Technological discussion; 9:30 Childhood Friends, Getting in Shape for bootcamp; 12:30 Life off duty, downtown San Diego; 13:45 Stationing in San Diego; 14:30 Information known about Iraq before deployment; 16:00 Jobs of different military branches; 16:45 Protecting the Carrier in the Gulf; 17:10 Iranian antagonism in the Gulf; 18:30 Pressures as a gunner; 18:55 Iranian fishing confiscation; 21:00 Troubles making engagement decisions; 21:45 Deaf boy close call; 26:45 No one to trust; 27:30 Views on political situation/responsibilities taken; 30:00 News Reports, views on the war and media; 31:30 Division between troops and leaders; 32:50 Communication with family, leave; 33:30 Difference between home and deployment, boredom; 34:30 Timing of deployment; 35:00 Responsibilities or lack thereof in San Diego; 35:30 Feelings on U.S. involvement in Iraq; 36:00 Leaders throughout history; 36:55 Hope for the future of Iraq/Westernization.



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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