Oral History interview of James England. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at UCF.
0:00 Introduction; 0:31 Birth date and location; 0:41 Background information; 4:12 Entering the Service; 6:19 Basic Training; 8:40 Advanced Training; 9:15 Enlisting Process; 11:02 Advanced Individual Training; 12:14 First Duty Station; 14:02 First Impressions of the Military; 15:14 Living conditions at Fort Knox; 17:40 Stugart Germany; 19:04 Married Life in Germany; 21:00 Southwest Asia during Desert Shield and Storm; 31:01 Returning to Germany; 32:50 Berlin Wall; 36:18 Communication back home; 37:02 Fort Knox; 38:03 Germany and inspiration to become an Explosive Ordinance Disposal; 40:12 Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician training; 48:08 First station as EOD tech at Fort Lewis Washington; 52:41 Panama; 55:54 Grenada; 56:50 Manheim, Germany; 1:05:10 TDY across Europe; 1:06:18 Cape Canaveral; 1:17:27 Deploying from Cape Canaveral; 1:22:45 Return to Cape Canaveral; 1:23:41 Deployment to Iraq; 2:10:16 Deployment to Afghanistan; 2:11:36 Second Deployment to Iraq; 2:12:12 Leaving the Military Medals; 2:12:20 and Awards Retirement; 2:12:47 Transition out of the Military; 2:13:58-2:19:39 Closing Comments.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Location of Service
Ft. Knox (Ky.); Stuttgart (Germany); Ft. Lewis (Wash.); Panama; Mannheim (Germany); Cape Canaveral (Fla.); Ft. Stewart (Ga.); Ft. Drum (N.Y.)
Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Siege of Sadr City; Operation Desert Shield; Operation Desert Storm
Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians (EOD)
Also in Operation Provide Comfort.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
England, James M.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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Central Florida, RICHES, "England, James M. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 447.