Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Justin Ward. Interview conducted by Goins, William; Cheshire, Shayne at Mr. Ward's Home, Orlando FL.


1:12 Reasons for joining the Coast Guard and when he joined.; 1:50 Explains that his Grandfather was a Bosons Mate and what that is.; 2:08 Was the Coast Guard what he expected and how it worked out well.2:46 Duty in 1988 when he joined and how that changed.; 5:40 Department of Homeland Security and the shifting coast Guard role.; 6:29 Coast Guard mission in Iraq and the Department of Defense.; 7:47 Navy’s request for Boast Guard assistance in the Persian Gulf.; 8:21 Retirement, State Department Contractor/Port Security Advisor; 9:45 Counter Narcotics in Puerto Rico, Overseas deployment; 11:23 Adjusting to civilian life.; 11:48 Duties in the Command Center/Operations; 13:20 Navy League. Keeps in touch with other veterans.; 13:47 Post 9-11 shift from Department of Transportation to Homeland security.; 15:26 duty, death, and obligation; 18:14 Operation Desert Storm; 19:15 Operation Iraqi Freedom; 20:40 a quick history of the Coast Guard from Treasury Dept. to Homeland Sec.; 22:15 How the Coast Guard changed him and the opportunities that came along; 24:01 Bonds with fellow veterans/servicemen; 24:50 puts duty before politics; 26:00 Favorite places he was stationed. Michigan, Puerto Rico, Orlando; 27:15 Last place stationed (Orlando) and last mission as a Liaison to the Navy; 27:45 Post 9-11 GI Bill for his daughters; 29:00 Administrative and operations tours, transition between the two.; 30:55 Life on a ship, technology improves conditions; 31:45 President George HW Bush Inauguration; 33:20 Boot Camp instructor, Class room training, and Coast Guard history; 34:15 the uniform, does he miss it, what it represents

Date of Birth


Place of Birth





American Indian or Alaska Native

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Coast Guard

Unit of Service

Greater Antilles Section (Puerto Rico)

Highest Rank

Commander; CDR

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video

Country of Birth



Goins, William; Cheshire, Shayne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mr. Ward's Home, Orlando FL


Ward, Justin H.; United States. Coast Guard

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

36 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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