Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Christine Grissom. Interview conducted by Saavedra, Carolina; Sladic, Marija at 5200 Highway 46, Mims FL 32754.


0:10 Introduction, upbringing ; 0:44 Family life (siblings and husband); Joining Navy; Military family; 3:00 Education in Navy; 3:50 Family opinion of Navy; 4:40 Deployment; 5:00 Enlistment; Rank; 6:10 Physical training in Navy; 6:50 Service in Orlando; 7:00 Alpha and Bravo Drills; 9:00 Current job in Navy; 10:37 Fellow colleagues who are deployed; 11:05 Post deployment physicals; 11:20 Wounded Warrior Programs; 12:57 PTSD; 15:40 Being board certified; 16:35 Social life in reserves; 18:00 Contact with overseas and family for deployed soldiers; 19:35 Objections with the media; 20:13 Reception from community for returning soldiers; compare to Vietnam; 21:10 Opinions on having everyone serve; 21:56 Work ethic in military; 22:30 Professional and military training working together; 23:15 Prepare for deployment front line experience for deployed soldiers; 25:00 Process from enlistment; 26:40 Recommendation to join Navy; 27:50 Experience so far; 28:29 Where she can be sent for deployment; 29:16 How long deployment can last; 30:24 How they prepare you for deployment; 31:18 General military training; 31:50 Physical and online training; 33:05 Final remarks, if you have something to contribute then join the military; 33:47 Clinics for family/kids; 35:25 Exposure to bad press; 36:38 Negative press about soldiers

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Philadelphia (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

Det Jacksonville

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Commander; LCDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Given 12 years service credit for education and degree; Passed Officer Training in Newport, Rhode Island; Recently became Fellow in American Psychiatric Association; Collateral Duties, Pilot Studies/ Program


Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry; Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Fellow in American Psychiatric Association; Special Interest in Complimentary Alternative Medicine; Previous to Medical School was Certified Critical Care R.N.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Saavedra, Carolina; Sladic, Marija

Interview Date


Location of Interview

5200 Highway 46, Mims FL 32754.


Grissom, Christine Ann; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy

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

38 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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