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Oral History interview of Ethan Ensley. Interview conducted by Barry, Joseph at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


00:01 Introduction; 0:50 Biographical information; 00:59 Immediate family; 1:23 Family in service; 1:30 Education; 3:09 Prior jobs; 5:36 Family's response to enlistment; 6:07 Boot camp in Orlando, FL; 6:53 Additional training in Millington, TN; 7:41 Most memorable moment in training; 9:00 Other memories of bootcamp; 9:35 First active duty assignment in San Diego, 1989; 10:00 Experiences in San Diego; 10:44 Gulf War I- hore duty; 11:52 Deployment to Gulf War 11; 12:41 Reaction to deployment; 13:16 Lessons learned; 14:30 Shaping experiences; 16:26 Air crew and rescue swimmer school training; 16:51 2004 deployment mission ABC2; 18:01 Duties of mission commander; 20:33 First impressions of Iraq; 21:17 Living quarters in Iraq; 24:59 Communicating with family while overseas; 26:37 Typical day in Iraq; 28:44 Interaction with local civilians and non-Americans; 30:49 Daily equipment; 32:40 "Jack of all trades"; 35:55 Combat experiences; 37:11 Thoughts while under fire; 39:02 Leave while in Iraq; 41:36 Most memorable experience in Iraq; 42:45 Other memorable experiences in Iraq; 45:36 Memorable night mission; 47:44 Returning from deployments; 49:47 Reception upon returning to the states; 52:26 Receiving awards; 57:15 Reason for moving to Orlando, FL; 59:02 Final comments.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fayetteville (N.C.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom




Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Present duty station-NAWC-TSD, Orlando

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Commander; LCDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal


Served with the 745th Special Operations Squadron as a Mission Commander in Iraq.


Awarded 10 air medals.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Barry, Joseph

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


Ensley, Ethan G.; 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


Barry, Joseph

Length of Interview

62 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