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
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
72nd Engineer Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
Location of Service
Baqubah (Iraq); Ramadi (Iraq); Mosul (Iraq)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Scania; Battle of Baqubah; Battle of Ramadi; Battle of Mosul
Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal
Successfully brought all of my troops home alive in two deployments.; Saved the lives of 207 soldiers and 34 civilian local national interpreters during a classified event in 2007.
Managed the day to day operations of more than 700 Soldiers as a Tactical Operations NCO.; Served with distinction during several classified events; Suffered a brain injury as a result of blast damage during last deployment, and am no no longer a member of the Army. Since then, have done remarkably well, according to my many doctors, in regenerating thought pathways, and stimulating regenerative growth in the brain to overcome the effects of these injuries by forcing myself to confront the blocks by re-attending school classes. My improvement level has been far above what was expected of me, and I am happy to share that.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney
Location of Interview
Seminole State College - Altamonte Springs, FL.
Miller, Christopher L.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Miller, Christopher L. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 80.