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Oral History interview of Micheal Breidenbach. Interview conducted by McGinnis, Anthony; Ramos, Alberto at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


00:55 Talked about where he was born; 01:00 Parent's life; 01:49 Talked about life prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps; 02:12 Talked about continuing education using the GI Bill; 02:50 Family military history; 03:10 Talked about how his family felt about him enlisting into the Marines; 03:38 What made him enter the service; 04:25 How long did I spend in the Marines; 04:42 Talked about how the Marine Corps was at the beginning; 05:50 Special memories while at boot camp; 06:38 Training after going to boot camp; 08:05 Reserve unit assignment; 08:12 When and where did I deploy; 09:13 My first impression when stepping off the C-130; 10:12 "Close call" driving through Afghanistan; 12:40 Day to day missions and assignments; 14:15 Most memorable day while overseas; 17:17 What did I do with my free time; 17:56 Friends gained and earned while deployed; 19:50 My return home from deployment; 21:16 Receiving contact while on convoys; 23:49 My time at the Gunner; 25:19 Date of ETS from the Marine Corps and my current status; 26:28 What attribute's did I carry from the Marine Corps; 27:29 My position at Lockheed Martin; 27:58 Being a part of a veteran's group; 28:39 What advice would you give to someone enlisting into any branch; 30:25 Recap of anything that wasn't covered; 31:16 One experience that can define me the most from the Marine Corps; 32:39 Ending and closing statements.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)





Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

6th Motors Transportation

Location of Service

Orlando (Fla.); California; Iraq

Highest Rank

Corporal; Cpl

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Good Conduct Medal


A gunner and truck driver in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


McGinnis, Anthony; Ramos, Alberto

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.


Breidenbach, Micheal D.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps

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


McGinnis, Anthony; Ramos, Alberto

Length of Interview

33 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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