Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Gregory Bowles. Interview conducted by DeMinck, David at John C. Hitt Library, the University of Central Florida Main Campus.

Log

0:35 Basic biographical data, family; 1:31 Enrollment into the Army on delayed entry program while in high school; 1:50 Marine Corps ROTC; increased rank; 2:01 Why he joined the army, delay in college; 3:35 Differences between ROTC and enlistment; 5:02 Transition from civilian to military, Ft. Jackson (sound problem @ 7:37); 7:48 Advanced training; Aberdeen Proving. Grounds; Maryland; 8:52 Going home for Christmas, visiting family; 9:31 Ft. Campbell; assignment to 101st; 10:41 Daily duties @ Campbell (sound problem @ 11 :03); 12:05 College vs. civilian contractor; 13:01 Working in the motor pool (sound problem@ 13:38); 14:43 Operation Iraqi Freedom length of deployment, initial reaction to Kuwait; 16:15 Ft. Campbell vs. deployment near Baghdad; 17:05 Forced protection (sound problem@ 17:47), transport; 19:18 Equipment used; supply; 20:40 Morale, off duty activities, care packages; 23:14 Relating to civilians (sound problem @ 25.15); 25:30 Differences between active duty and Army National Guard; 28:04 Adjustment to civilian life, college; 29:26 Ending up in Florida; 30:15 Personal changes due to deployment; 32:03 First experience with direct fire; 34:54 PTSD, fireworks display at Epcot; 36:23 Advice to those considering military service (sound problem 38:39; 40:33).

Date of Birth

1986-07-20

Place of Birth

Haverhill (Mass.)

Gender

Male

Race

Unspecified

Home State

Massachusetts

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2004-07-07

2008-07-07

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

101st Airborne Division; 506th Regimental Combat Team (RCT); 801st Brigade Support Battalion (BSB); 631st Maint Co, Army National Guard (ARNG); 53rd BSB, ARNG

Location of Service

Fort Jackson (S.C.); Aberdeen (Md.); Fort Campbell (Ky. and Tenn.); Baghdad (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Specialist; SPC

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

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

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Awarded Army Achievement Medal twice.

City of Birth

Haverhill

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

DeMinck, David

Interview Date

4-5-2013

Location of Interview

John C. Hitt Library, the University of Central Florida Main Campus.

Subjects

Bowles, Gregory J.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; 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

Contributors

DeMinck, David

Length of Interview

40 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

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


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