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.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Titusville (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

U.S.S. Princeton CG-59

Location of Service

San Diego (Calif.); Iraq

Highest Rank

Petty Officer 3rd Class; PO3

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon; Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon; Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist


Work Center Supervisor; Repair Parts Petty Officer; Training Petty Officer; 5"/54 MK45 Mod 2 Technician; 5"/54 MK45 Mod 22 Gun Mount Captain; 5"/54 MK45 EP2 Operator; 50CAL Machine Weapons Trainer; Advanced 50CAL Machine Weapons trainer; MK19 Weapons Trainer; 25MM Weapons Trainer; Ammunition Magazine Sprinklers Technician; Duty Gunners Mate; Small Craft Action Team (SCAT)


Diagnosed PTSD from 2005 Nimitz Strike Group deployment in the Persian Gulf - Combat related.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Gent, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Cocoa regional campus Library. Gender Male


Crum, Bryan J.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

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


Gent, Daniel

Length of Interview

38 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound; Video; MovingImage


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