Streaming Media


Oral history interview of Tom Welgos. Interview conducted by Alexander Quintona at Student Union, UCF.


0:20 Birthplace; 0:35 Family; 1:20 Occupation before enlisting; 1:50 Opinion of Iranian Hostage Crisis; 2:35 Date of joining the Armed Forces/bootcamp location; 3:10 Reasons for joining; 4:02 Training; 4:26 Specialty; 5:00 Adapting to military life; 6:50 Places veteran served; 8:05 Combat experience/equipment; 10:00 Feelings about combat; 11:02 Closest meeting with the enemy; 12:30 Relationship with fellow soldiers; 14:00 Experience with soldiers; 17:00 Dealing with POWs and locals; 20:30 Recreation and off-duty pursuits; 24:06 Injuries received; 26:05 Near death experience; 27:22 Years served in the military; 29:22 Technological advancements; 31:57 Location where tour of duty ends; 33:26 Return home reception; 34:09 Returning to civilian life; 36:21 Contact with fellow veterans after tour of duty; 37:04 Experience with Coalition Exercise in Europe; 38:16 Goals for the future; 39:11 War-time experience effects on life; 40:27 Life lessons from military experience; 41:25 Recommend for anyone else



War or Conflict

Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti

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