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.
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
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
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Thorp, Alex interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 375.