Streaming Media


Oral history interview of James Edward Wagner. Interview conducted by Patricia Roberts-Orlando at Orange City, Florida.


0:00-0:19 Pictures; 0:20-0:50 Basic information-name, branch of service; 0:50-2:19 Background of James Wagner; 2:21-3:35 Reasons for joining the military; 3:39-4:40 First duty station; 4:40-5:52 Combat action ribbons; 5:53-9:39 Combat action descriptions; 9:40-14:01 Experience with Iraqi people; 14:01-15:26 Iraqis’ feeling toward U. S. forces/U. S. government of Iraq in Iraq Enduring Freedom; 15:26-17:26 Description of Palace Complex he was stationed in; 17:26-19:15 Average Iraqi reaction to Jim as a Marine; 19:16-21:32 Description of his job as a radio operator; 21:32-24:36 What he knew about the Iraqis; 24:40-28:18 Experiences with military commanders; 28:20-30:30 Politicians visiting Iraq; 30:36-34:05 Major issues facing Iraq at this time; 34:05-34:45 How do you feel about claim of weapons of mass destruction; 34:45-37:40 How long did you spend in Iraq?; 37:50-38:59 Naval special warfare description; 38:59-41:23 Perception of Iraqi authorities as governing body; 41:24-42:33 Do you think they can govern themselves?; 42:36-45:38 Media coverage of the war; 45:39-46:38 What did you feel about returning to the U. S.?

Date of Birth

January 1964

Place of Birth

Spring Valley




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

U.S. Marine Corps. Special Operations Command Detachment

Location of Service

Baghdad (Iraq); Radwaniyah Palace Complex

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Southwest Asia Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal


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Country of Birth

United States


Roberts-Orlando, Patricia

Interview Date


Location of Interview

701 Willow Crest, Orange City, FL 32763


Wagner, James E.; United States. Marines

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

Length of Interview

40 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage, Video, Sound, Audio


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