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Oral History interview of Jeffrey Schaefer. Interview conducted by Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie at University of Central Florida.


0:00 Introduction; 0:40 Biographical information; 1:03 Life before service; 1:28 Reasons for joining the service; 2:05 Reasons in choosing the army; 3:08 Life before boot camp; 3:50 Military training; 6:07 Military life; 7:03 Description of wartime service in Latifiya, Iraq; 8:00 Description of action seen in Triangle of Death; 8:08 Infantry assignment; 8:47 Enemy tactics; 10:03 Emotions about the first death witnessed; 11:13 This was not an occupying duty, this was war; 11:45 Discusses Saddam’s rule and American occupation; 12:05 War in 2005 was against radical not Iraqis; 12:38 The dumping of bodies in canals; 13:41 Reality of being in conflict; 14:20 Reflecting on American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan; 15:15 Stopping the spread of radicalism as a noble concept and justification; 16:03 Why American invaded Iraq; 16:39 Should the US be in Iraq; 17:48 Real threat lies in organized radical groups; 18:10 Coming home reception; 18:53 Feeling on anti-war protestors; 19:45 How the US should deal with Iraq; 20:26 The need to defeat the enemy, not create more martyrs; 20:56 How the wartime experience affected his views on the Middle East; 21:44 His need to learn more about the enemy; 22:04 Middle East is not advancing. Still stuck in the 6th and 7th centuries; 22:58 Clerics run the Middle East; 23:33 Discusses the systems of the Middle East; 24:47 Lessons learned from Iraq. Higher value placed on life; 26:29 Conflicts made him feel alive; 28:37 Conclusion of the interviewer’s questions; 28:46 Interviewee’s final remarks. Discusses his part in a bigger cause; 30:15 End of Interview

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fort Knox (Ky.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Begin/End date of Service - 2nd



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Wartour: Bravo Company, 108th Armor Battalion, 48th Infantry Combat Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Iraqi Freedom III; Battle of Fallujah


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Participtated the three battles of Fallujah.

City of Birth

Fort Knox

Country of Birth

United States


Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida.


Schaefer, Jeffrey A.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie

Length of Interview

30 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


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