Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Christian Booker Deem. Interview conducted by McGee, Lael; Buchman, Andrew at Mr. Deem's home office in Orlando, FL.


0:00-2:00 introduction, biographical info, enlist army after graduate high school; 2:00-3:00 boot camp at Ft. Knox, KY; 3:00-5:00 description of typical day at boot camp; 5:00-6:00 graduate boot camp as cavalry scout, 1st duty station Ft. Hood, TX; 6:00-7:00 receive orders for Iraq; 7:00-8:00 description of typical day in Baghdad on patrol; 8:00-9:00 response to insurgent activity; 9:00-10:00 impression of Iraq; 10:00-11:00 description of Iraqi’s reaction to U.S. army presence in neighborhoods; 11:00-12:00 description of homecoming and readjustment; 12:00-13:00 difficulties readjusting to civilian life; 13:00-14:00 effect of war experience on interviewee’s life; 14:00-15:00 maintain contact with fellow soldiers; 15:00-16:00 opinion on military service; 16:00-18:00 comparison of Iraqi conflict versus Afghanistan conflict; 18:00-19:00 friendly fire incident; 19:00-20:00 discusses Iraqi military police force; 20:00-21:00 locals terrified to talk to U.S. troops; 21:00-24:00 rules of engagement, become political war, death toll; 24:00-25:00 portrayal in media; 25:00-27:00 discusses America’s support of war; 27:00-28:00 compare weapons of U.S. military versus Iraq insurgents; 28:00-29:00 suicide bombers, Iraqi insurgent strategy and organization; 29:00-30:00 3 weeks in Kuwait; 30:00-31:00 effect of President on military conditions; 31:00-32:00 souvenirs from Iraq, I.E.D.; 32:00-35:00 discusses how chose job in military, recruiter told him to lie to get job, caught; 35:00-36:00 ASFAB in determining jobs; 36:00-37:00 military recruitment.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)




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. Army

Unit of Service

4 ID 8/10 CAV B troop

Location of Service

Fort Hood (Tex.); Camp Al-Saqr (Iraq); Camp Liberty (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Specialist; SPC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Combat Action Badge; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon


Hand-to-Hand Combat level I Certified, Long-Range Marksman Certified


Won 2 Army Commendation Medals and 2 Army Achievement Medals.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


McGee, Lael; Buchman, Andrew

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mr. Deem's home office in Orlando, FL.


Deem, Christian B.; 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

Length of Interview

37 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