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 Iraqisâ€™ 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
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
U.S. Marine Corps. Special Operations Command Detachment
Location of Service
Baghdad (Iraq); Radwaniyah Palace Complex
Gunnery Sergeant; GySgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Southwest Asia Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
See the Video
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
701 Willow Crest, Orange City, FL 32763
Wagner, James E.; United States. Marines
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Wagner, James Edward interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 21.