Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Benji P. Thompson. Interview conducted by Moriarty, Chris at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

Date of Birth

1989-01-02

Place of Birth

Redding (Calif.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

California

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2006-01-01

2014-09-30

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army Reserve

Unit of Service

933rd Transportation Company (TC); 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) (2009-present); 208th Transportation Company; 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (2006-2009)

Location of Service

Afghanistan

Highest Rank

Specialist

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Medals

Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Achievement Medal

Achievements

Enlisted and Passed Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) Qualification Training which named him a Motor Transport Operator (88M); Received a Nomination for a Distinguished Leadership Award for a Warrior Leader Course.

Note

Enlisted in Army Reserve via Split Option Program his Junior year of high school; Completed basic combat training at Ft. Sill, Okla. in 2006; Participated in monthly training requirements for Army Reserve while completing high school; Decided to move to Fla. to complete a Bachelors Degree in Business at Southeastern University in 2009; Is now working and studying full time while also being a full-time husband and father to his wife and two sons, Justs (3 years old) and Berkley (1 years old).

City of Birth

Redding

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Moriarty, Chris

Interview Date

11-13-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

Subjects

Thompson, Benji P.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; United States. Army Reserve

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

Contributors

Moriarty, Chris

Length of Interview

23 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

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