Oral History interview of Albert Galvan. Interview conducted by Irby, Travis; Allen, James at Colburn Hall 205.
1:20 Christopher Galvan formal Staff Sergeant in the Army now 2nd Lt.; 1:37 I joined the Army cause I wanted to jump out of places and shoot guns.; 1:47 I was going to join the Navy but I had a change of heart.; 1:57 The recruiters told me I couldn't control where I was going, what I was to; 2:14 June 18th 1998, 8 days after graduating high school I left for basic; 2:33 I was prepared for what they call a shark attack (the Drill Sergeants); 2:56 totally new environment culture shock; 3:24 typical day, you wake up around 05 and clean up the barracks from; 4:33 Mentally I was more prepared than most; 5:13 not just push-ups along but from exercises; yes; 5:34 basic training yes and no the soldiers in the unit you go to and your leaders; 6:15 March 26th 2003, May 2004 in Iraq. Left little early I went to Kuwait to help; 7:17 It was surreal there was about 1000 of us Army, we parachute in; 8:29 I was Airborne infantry so I was a paratrooper and I was a team leader; 9:08 we jump at around 2 oâ€™clock in the morning; 9:33 when we jumped we took them by surprise, nobody really expected; 10:42 During the first three months we pushed south I call it â€œthe Race Southâ€; 11:30 sleeping 3 to 4 hours a day, walking a lot cause we didnâ€™t have vehicles; 11:55 the culture was the biggest thing, we were prepared and we werenâ€™t; 12:59 I didnâ€™t call them (family) for about six months; 13:20 I would say if donâ€™t here from me thatâ€™s good.; 14:18 one day my family used the Red cross Message; 14:43 We eat MREâ€™s for the first 4 or 5 months; 15:09 You would have some type of meat; 16:05 we know we are going to be operating on limited supplies; 17:44 right now I weigh 205, its 60 pounds a chute; 18:10 Combat was less stressful thing; 19:09 when we jumped we didnâ€™t have any interpreters; 20:25 no I donâ€™t believe luck; 20:54 there is no women in what we do in combat or shirts chasing, jokes.; 22:30 you always have the father figure, the comedian or two comedians; 23:14 the funniest thing can happen at the worst possible time; 24:07 Iâ€™m not that kind of person (to keep a journal); 25:02 I received a Bronze Star; 26:41 I got hit by a grenade; 30:02 My enlistment ended June 30th 2006; 33:20 Life become serious, different perspective about life; 34:26 I went to college, got my Bachelor; I also joined the ROTC; 35:28 Two weeks ago they had a reunion with my buddies that served with; 36:43 the positive side is we need to bring the fight to the enemy; overall opinion of army + war, influence of service on life
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
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
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Galvan, Albert Christopher" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 73.