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Oral History interview of Matt Coxe. Interview conducted by Husenaj, Leonard; Mack, Alexander at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


1:00 Childhood, life and parents; 2:00 Motivation to join; 3:00 Branch Choice and why; 4:00 Boot Camp; 6:30 First Unit to be sent to Kuwait and break borderline; 8:30 Thoughts of Saddam; 11:30 Relationships with Unit; 12:30 Climate Conditions; 14:00 Everyday assignments; 15:00 Baghdad; 17:30 Experience with friend’s death; 18:30 Locals; 21:00 First entering combat; 22:30 Perceptions of the media; 24:30 Locals response to Ba’ath Party; 26:30 Women-did not see very many; 27:30 Reactions of children; 27:45 Locals overall reactions to US troops; 28:00 Local social-economic status; 32:00 Combat; 34:00 Combat and conditions from being in a tank; 35:00 US tactics in Iraq; 37:30 Iraqi Soldiers tactics; 39:00 Preparing for battle compared to real battle; 41:30 Killed Iraqi Guard General; 43:00 Missing the Experience; 44:15 Homecoming; 46:00 Adjusting to civilian life; 46:45 Keeping in touch with friends from unit



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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