Oral History interview of Jose DeLeon. Interview conducted by Cockrell, Brent; Rojas, Cindy at Raytheon- Research Park, Orlando, FL.
0:52 Biographical information/ childhood; 1:23 Pre-military education; 1:57 Family members in service; 2:10 Decision to go into military; 3:03 Family's feelings about enlistment; 4:02 Basic training and Fort Jackson, SC; 5:02 Additional training; 5:26 Desert Storm assignment; 6:11 Unit's role in Desert Storm; 7:08 Typical day during Desert Storm; 8:03 First impressions of Iraq; 9:03 Most memorable experience during Desert Storm; 10:31 Decision to stay in the Army; 12:04 Peace time assignment; 12:10 Typical day during peace time; 13:56 Promotions post-Desert Storm; 14:29 Effects of promotion; 15:36 Operation Iraqi Freedom assignment; 16:00 Unit's role during OIF; 17:17 Individual role during OIF; 18:10 Role change after OIF; 20:25 Equipment used on a daily basis; 21:26 Interactions with Iraqi civilians; 23:41 Combat experience; 26:04 Communication with family; 27:00 Decision to leave Army; 28:05 Medals awarded; 30:04 Return to civilian life; 33:27 Keeping in touch with other vets; 33:37 Comparison of military life versus civilian life; 35:07 Last comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
3rd brigade; 101st Airborne division
Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Baghdad; Battle of Mahmudiyah
Combat Action Badge; Bronze Star Medal
Field artillery senior NCO
Served in Operation Desert Storm; Operation Iraqi Freedom (3 times). Awarded Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal (twice).
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Cockrell, Brent; Rojas, Cindy
Location of Interview
Raytheon- Research Park, Orlando, FL.
DeLeon, Jose; Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army
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
Cockrell, Brent; Rojas, Cindy
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "DeLeon, Jose interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 232.