Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Alex Thorp. Interview conducted by Stewart, Monique at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.

Log

2:05 Hometown life & parent background; 4:00 Reasons for joining the army; 4:45 High school, particularly senior year; 5:21 Process of enlisting; 7:45 Deployed in 2009; 8:40 Basic training; 10:40 Mortar simulation attacks; 12:50 TPE logistics experts working with civilian contractors; 13:50 Contact with battalion in Kuwait; 16:20 Missile attack on base; 17:30 Explosion by the bathroom; 17:50 An inactive mortar lands in front of two soldiers; 18:10 Jokes were his coping mechanism; 21:00 Life on base-- "Starbucks, KFC"; 21:30 Soldier's Angels organization; 22:15 MREs; 24:00 Adjusting to go home/loss of routine; 25:25 Returned home; 27:00 Meeting his daughter for the first time; 30:00 First tour & the difference between the second; 33:00 Effects of the war on his personality; 35:30 Friends in the military; 39:00 Arguments that happened between comrades and leaders; 41:02 Plans for the future; 41:52 Civilian misconceptions about the military.

Date of Birth

1989-05-03

Place of Birth

Joliet (Ill.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Illinois

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2008-01-17

2015-01-31

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army Reserve

Unit of Service

195th Terminal Supervision Team; 1174th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion; 1397th Deployment and distribution Support Battalion

Location of Service

Vallejo (Calif.)

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Medals

Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal

Achievements

Was part of Operation Reduction of Forces in Iraq in 2009-2010 and Operation Drumbeat 2014 responsible for the drawdown of combat forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.

City of Birth

Joliet

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Stewart, Monique

Interview Date

2-17-2015

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.

Subjects

Thorp, Alex; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; 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

Stewart, Monique

Length of Interview

44 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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