Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Michele Cetto. Interview conducted by Rayneard, Max at UCF, Colbourn Hall.


0:00 Introduction of Veteran; 0:20 Childhood as army brat/growing up around the world; 3:40 Reason for entering Air Force; 4:05 Basic Training; 7:43 First Assignment, Load Master, Sheppard Air force Base; 8:10 Transferred the Human Resource Assistant in Keesler Air force Base; 10:05 Being stationed in England/ Good Years; 11:20 Meeting husband; 16:00 Honeymoon in Three Holes; 16:56 Having Children; 18:50 What the base was like before 9/11; 20:00 Experiencing 9/11; 24:00 What the base was like after 9/11; 25:10 Being transferred to Columbus Mississippi; 30:25 Assigned to 71st Fighter squadron in Langley; 31:54 Husband being assigned to Djibouti Africa; 36:00 Finding out how her husband died; 42:00 Filing for separation/ leaving the service; 44:35 Husbands funeral service; 48:38 Leaving the service/ organizations helping children; 49:35 Going back to school; 52:00 Making mistakes after leaving the service; 55:30 Going to School and getting a job at the VA; 57:00 Snowball express services for children of the fallen; 1:00:00 Struggles being considered a Gold Star Widow; 1:06:00 Military accommodation to pregnancies; 1:10:55 Treatment for dealing with husband's death / The VA; 1:16:15 Story given to children about death of husband/ what actually happened; 1:22:00 Meeting current fiancée; 1:27:36 Story of a friend who was raped and committed suicide; 1:28:30 Mom exposed to Agent orange and died of Gallbladder cancer; 1:33:05 Good that came out of her service; 1:38:15 What civilians need to know about veterans and service members; 1:43:00 Tension between Gold Stars and Gold Stars; 1:46:00 Experiencing PTSD; 1:50:00 Conclusion of interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth





White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Personellist, Human Resource Assistant

Location of Service

Sheppard Air Force Base (Tex.); England; Panama

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See video for details.


"Husband was killed in South Africa while serving in Helicopter Collision." - The Veteran.

Country of Birth

United States


Rayneard, Max

Interview Date

Summer 6-16-2016

Location of Interview

UCF, Colbourn Hall


Cetto, Michele; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Air Force

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


Rayneard, Max

Length of Interview

110 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type