Oral History interview of Gregory Bowles. Interview conducted by DeMinck, David at John C. Hitt Library, the University of Central Florida Main Campus.
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
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
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)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
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
See video for details.
Awarded Army Achievement Medal twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
John C. Hitt Library, the University of Central Florida Main Campus.
Bowles, Gregory J.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Gregory, Bowles James, "Bowles, Gregory James interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 137.