Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Christopher Miller. Interview conducted by Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney at Seminole State College - Altamonte Springs, FL.


0:00-0:56 Childhood; 0:57-1:26 Reason for joining: 9/11; 1:27-1:43 View of military prior to 9/11; 1:44-2:17 Perfume/Cologne Business; 2:18-2:45 Parents Approval; 2:46-2:54 Joined to go into war; 2:55-4:54 Basic Training: foot injury; 4:55-6:02 First deployment in Iraq: Al Taqaddum, Habbaniyah, Ramadi; 6:03-6:39 View of Iraq prior to being there: went to save lives; 6:40-7:20 Prevent death by chemical warfare; 7:21-8:57 Massive desolation in Iraq; 8:58-10:26 The feeling of the soldiers going to Iraq; 10:27-12:10 Primary Job: Chemical Operations Specialist, Combat Engineer, NBC; 12:11-13:52 Communication with loved ones; 13:53-14:54 Day to day life; 14:55-16:38 Locals: Ramadi, locals liked the soldiers; 16:39-18:32 Soldier treatment of locals: not so good; 18:33-21:52 Accomplishments: rebuilding a school for girls; could not talk about most vivid memory; 21:53-23:44 First combat experience; 23:45-25:40 Fear: running out of supplies; 25:41-27:15 Injury: IEDs, brain damage; 27:16-29:23 After injury actions; 29:24-30:19 Coming home; 30:20-31:27 Adjusting to home life; 31:28-33:23 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Insomnia, New Years; 33:24-34:27 Got out of Iraq what he wanted; saved over 224 lives; 34:28-34:39 Government; 34:40-35:10 Presidential Administrations; 35:11-38:46 News Media: Soldier Behavior; 38:47-39:18 Orphaned children; 39:19-40:22 How Iraq change him: more cynical; 40:23-41:28 Misconceptions about the war; 41:29-44:15 U.S. involvement in Iraq; Afghanistan; 44:16-44:49 What he would like to see happen in Iraq; 44:50-46:24 Weapons of mass destruction; 46:25-47:29 What happens to the chemical bombs found; 47:30-50:20 Close to death experiences



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