Streaming Media


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 “Most Dangerous Place in the World“; 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

Place of Birth

Montclair (N.J.)




White - Non Hispanic

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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