Oral History interview of Benji P. Thompson. Interview conducted by Moriarty, Chris at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
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
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
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Achievement Medal
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.
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
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
Thompson, Benji P.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; United States. Army Reserve
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, "Thompson, Benji P. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 335.