Veterans Oral Histories

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video

Interview Date

10-24-2011

Abstract

0:04 Name; 0:08 Date of Birth, Place of Birth; 0:14 Activity prior to service; 0:20 Family Members in the service; 0:35 Reasons for entering the service; 0:51 Reasons for choosing the army, and military police; 1:15 Specialized training: Driving, sniping, entry; 1:40 Adaptation to military life; 2:07 Wars Served in: Operational Iraqi Freedom (served twice); 2:25 Long-lasting friendships formed during service; 2:44 Lack of effective communication with friends and family at home; 3:15 Emotions relating to combat casualties: anger, irritation; 4:13 Training on culture of Iraq; 5:00 Stationed at: Baghdad the first tour, By Karbala the second tour, Germany; 5:20 Sent to Virginia after being hurt; 5:24 Difference between Baghdad and Karbala; 6:12 Years in Iraq: 2 years; 6:23 Differences between Iraq and the United States; 6:50 Use of war video games to calm down; 7:08 What was learned about Iraq while there; 7:38 Most interesting thing that was seen in Iraq: Background of Saddam; 8:35 What was missed most about the U.S.: being able to drive for pleasure; 8:56 What is missed most about Iraq: the job, the company; 9:19 Job in Iraq: raid unit, military police officers, teaching Iraqi police; 10:55 Openness of Iraqi police to being taught; 11:37 Treatment by Iraqi civilians; 12:51 Opinion on Iraqi civilians, Description of them; 14:04 Free time activities: working out, working on truck; 14:34 Driver of the truck; 15:28 Dislikes about Iraq: getting shot at, lack of freedom, the rainy season; 16:56 “Happiest” Memory in Iraq: getting promoted, award for valor; 17:38 Humor and jokes between soldiers; 18:34 Effects of combat experiences: divorced twice, alcoholism; emotionally unavailable; 20:09 Misconceptions on the war in Iraq; 21:02 Opinion on prevention of the war; 22:20 Opinion on anti-war protests; 23:30 What they would have changed about their experience in Iraq; 24:12 Details of injury and that mission; 27:52 Visitors to the zones; 29:04 What was most different after returning – daily schedule; 29:51 Time it took to transition back to civilian life; 30:29 Difficulty with emotions; 32:02 What happened after the medical discharge; 33:01 Family’s reaction; 33:30 Keeping in contact with service friends; 34:05 Opinion on announcement of the end of the war by the end of the year; 36:07 What he would like someone to take from this interview; 37:44 Thanking him and concluding the interview

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