Oral History interview of Alexander Gulamali. Interview conducted by Walsh, Thomas at Veteran‘s home in Orlando, Fla.
0:00 Introduction; 0:37 Early Family Life; 1:06 Reasons for enlistment; 2:30 Basic Training; 3:22 Advanced Individual Training; 3:55 Airborne Training; 4:38 Assigned to Fort Brigg; 6:00 Learning about deployment; 7:10 Deployed to Afghanistan; 7:30 FOB Skim; 8:06 Experiences in Kandahar; 8:54 Interactions with locals; 9:30 Returns home to visit father with cancer; 10:40 Time in Germany; 12:20 Returning to Afghanistan; 12:30 â€œMost Dangerous Place in the Worldâ€œ; 14:20 Combat Operations; 15:05 Most memorable experiences in Afghanistan; 15:40 Rotating Home; 17:00 New jobs at Ft. Brigg; 17:50 Leaving the Military; 18:00 Returning to Pennsylvania; 18:15 Adjustment to Civilian Life; 18:44 Northampton Community College; 19:14 Move to Cape Coral Florida; 19:30 Move to Orlando/Homelessness; 20:00 Experiences in wrestling; 20:50 Dealing with Salvation Army and Veteran Affairs; 22:00 Finding a home; 22:40 Post-Traumatic Stress; 25:00 Reception from Civilian Population; 25:50 Final thoughts
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
Charlie Battery-Army Artillery Regiment-82nd Airborne Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran‘s home in Orlando, Fla.
Gulamali, Alexander; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Gulamali, Alexander interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 289.