Oral History interview of Walter Napier. Interview conducted by Brown, Christopher; Carpinone, Kevin at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
00:00 Introduction; 0:57 Birth/family information; 1:28 Family military history; 2:37 Education prior to service; 3:17 Family's attitudes towards service; 4:04 Basic training for reserves; 4:54 Basic training for active duty; 6:56 Memorable experiences from basic; 9:16 Post-basic training; 9:40 Military police training and duties (reserves); 11:16 Infantry training (active duty); 12:43 First assignment as MP reserve; 13:30 First active duty assignment; 14:03 First impressions of Iraq- first tour; 14:27 Assignments and equipment used; 19:22 Daily life during first tour; 23:30 Missions and Combat during 1st tour of Iraq; 28:55 Communication home; 30:48 Leave and down time during first tour; 32:42 Timeline of Iraq and Afghanistan; 33:11 First impressions of Afghanistan; 34:36 Comparing people between Iraq and Afghanistan; 36:33 Missions; 37:33 Problems with civilian contact; 39:17 Training missions of police force; 40:39 Living quarters in Iraq during 2nd tour and Afghanistan; 41:59 Communicating home while in Afghanistan; 42:27 Daily life in Afghanistan; 43:53 Patrols in Afghanistan; 45:26 Combat in Afghanistan; 45:45 Experiences in Afghanistan; 46:49 Returning home from Afghanistan; 47:13 End of military and Army contract; 49:19 Reception home and readjustment to civilian life; 50:14 Plans for future; 50:57 Applications of military lessons; 51:09 Advice for future military enlistment; 51:59 Keeping in contact with those who served with Napier; 52:08 End.
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Napier, Walter interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 253.