Streaming Media


Oral history interview of Derek Mason Henry. Interview conducted by Jeff Key and Jade Holroyd at Orlando, Florida.


00:10 Interviewee information; 00:34 Branch of service and rank; 1:00 Experiences overseas; 2:14 Mission; 3:16 Which war served in; 3:32 Family; 4:00 Wife; 4:15 Before service; 4:30 Age joined; 5:22 Family in military; 6:00 Reason chose Army; 6:40 Deployed for hurricanes 2004 and medals; 7:10 National guard; 7:30 Deployed after 9/11; 7:40 Furthering career; 8:20 Job as officer; 9:20 Basic training; 10:50 Air Assault and friends; 11:30 Action while deployed, IEDs; 13:17 Keeping in contact with family; 15:27 Recreation; 16:00 Job schedule while deployed/recreation; 18:10 Indirect fire; 19:00 Awards/souvenirs/coins; 23:00 Dogs of War Awards continued; 24:59 Didn't engage enemy; 25:08 Range and use of 50 cal; 26:01 Return home; 28:00 Readjusting to civilian life; 29:00 Keeping in touch with friends; 30:17 How did experience affect you; 31:38 Medals on Class A's, Air Assault; 34:30 ROTC/Difference from enlisted; 36:25 Civilian job with National Guard; 37:10 Pictures from overseas; 38:38 David Tell picture; 40:00 Conclusions; 40:30 Life lessons; 41:11 Visuals of souvenir



War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury


Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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