Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Allen Minor. Interview conducted by Rayneard, Max at ManorCare Retirement Community.


0:00 Pre-Military Life/ Years in Service; 1:48 Reasons for Enlisting/ Pre-Military Life Continued; 4:05 Effect of Mother's Mental Illness on Early Life; 8:02 Recruitment process; 9:00 Historical Context of the time/ Personal View at the time; 10:36 Family move to Florida; 11:30 Reasons for Enlisting Continued; 12:30 First Days in the Service/ Basic Training/Dealing with Basic Training; 16:22 Memorable Experience from Basic Training; 21:54 Decision to Choose Mortuary Affairs/ Duties of the MOS; 22:58 AIT for Mortuary Affairs; 24:21 Anecdote from Mortuary Affairs; 25:02 Dealing with the Emotional Difficulty of Mortuary Affairs Training; 32:24 Memorable Experience as a mortician; 34:28 Lessons learned from soldiers/ Importance of Journaling in Soldier's Day to Day Life; 37:15 Service in Dover, Delaware/ Memorable Components of Duty; 41:04 Difference between AIT and Active Duty Service; 42:40 Autopsying Bloated Bodies; 43:29 Duties of the Mortuary Affairs/ Relations with Mortuary Affairs and Soldiers; 51:30 Memorable Experiences/ Suicide of a Female Officer & Duties; 55:30 Effect of duties on the beliefs of Mr. Minor; 58:57 Duty Assignments following Dover, Delaware; 59:24 Reason for early release from Enlistment/ Mental Health Effect of Service; 1:07:14 Mr. Minor's Suicide Attempt; 1:16:54 Mental Health MedBoarding Process/ Medical Discharge; 1:19:40 Duties in the Motor Pool while waiting for discharge; 1:22:18 Adjustment after the Army; 1:24:35 Mental Health Care and adjustment to Post-Military Life; 1:26:15 Mental Health Care with the VA; 1:28:10 Veterans relationship between Combat Vets and Non-Combat Vets; 1:31:05 Difference in Mental Health Care for Combat vs. Non-Combat vets; 1:35:12 Mr. Minor's Performances as treatment for his PTSD; 1:38:42 Spoken Word Performance; 1:42:41 Employment and Education after the Army; 1:44:49 Mr. Minor's Identification as a Veteran; 1:48:02 Reflection on Military Service; 1:51:38 Current Mental Health Status/ Effect on Performance on Mental Health; 2:00:00 Religious Ceremonies performed for dead soldiers; 2:01:32 Point of his performance for an audience of civilians.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Utica (N.Y.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Location of Service

Dover (Del.)

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See video for details.


Mr. Minor served in Mortuary Affairs.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Rayneard, Max

Interview Date

Summer 6-15-2016

Location of Interview

ManorCare Retirement Community.


Minor, Allen; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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

124 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