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Description

Oral History interview of Michael Acevedo. Interview conducted by Chalfat, Austin at Valencia Community College.

Log

0:38 Describes birth and early life; 0:56 Chooses army, gets in delayed entry program; 1:15 Families military lineage; 1:40 Reasons for enlisting; 4:13 Basic Training; 6:12 Describes 9/11; 8:08 Gets orders to go to Japan; 9:47 Describes working with the Japanese Army; 11:00 Transition from Japan to Germany; 13:24 Describes life in Germany; 15:01 Tells us about being in the Army Band; 15:59 Describes Army Soldier Show; 17:28 Describes becoming an Honorary Blackhawk with the 1st Armored Division; 18:08 Sings at army birthday ball in Washington, D.C.; 19:05 Tells us about returning home; 21:45 Describes meeting horrible people in the military; 23:24 Tells us views of military, after serving; 26:04 Describes changes in military; 27:09 Tells us about the injuries he received during training; 28:26 Describes 'the box'; 29:27 Tells us about being the main MC for festivities in Japan; 30:30 Tells us about Japanese culture; 34:06 Describe issues with racist officers; 35:25 Describes working with the NBC officers; 37:23 Tells us about the military experience; 40:09 Tells us about changes we need to make for veterans; 41:22 Describes problems veterans face when coming home; 44:30 Tells us about plans he's enacting make Valencia more veteran friendly; 45:01 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1973-03-04

Place of Birth

Bronx (N.Y.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

USARJ (United States Army Japan, Camp Zama Japan), 9th Theater Support Command (Camp Zama, Japan). 1st Armored Division (Wiesbaden, Germany). USAREUR Band and Chorus (Heidelberg and Schwetzingen, Germany). United States Army Europe Headquarters, Public Affairs Office (Heidelberg, Germany).

Location of Service

Unspecified

Highest Rank

Sergeant SGT

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

None

Medals

Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal

Achievements

Special Duty Singer with Army Soldier Show and U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus. Toured Europe, Asia, and the USA; Honorary Blackhawk with 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry (aka 1/1 Cav); Second Place Commercial Spot in Europe (TV Spot); CBRN( Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Team, Camp Zama, Japan

Note

Hurt my knee, shoulders, foot, and had double hernia during my time in. Had surgery on knee and also for hernia.

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Chalfat, Austin

Interview Date

Spring 3-14-2012

Subjects

Acevedo, Michael 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.

Transcript

Not applicable

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Chalfat, Austin

Length of Interview

45 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Sound; Audio

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring

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