Oral History interview of Kenny Castillo. Interview conducted by Tuell, Eric at Veteran's Home in Ovideo, FL.
0:10 Introduction; 0:30 Biography of past (Time in New York and moving to Florida); 1:25 JROTC in High School/ Family in military; 2:40 Meeting with Army recruiter and enlistment; 4:30 Training before boot camp; 5:30 Fort Benning (Boot camp); 6:30 Adjusting to military life; 8:00 Claymore Training memory; 9:10 Weaponry used during basic; 9:40 Food and social life on the base, building trust with comrades; 11:40 Graduated from Fort Benning off to Airborne school; 12:30 Home time before deployment; 13:30 Fort Campbell and deployment to Iraq; 14:45 Atmosphere of Iraq (Dust storm); 15:45 Families reaction to deployment; 17:20 Connecting with family from Iraq; 19:00 life and culture in Iraq; 22:00 Memory of road side bomb experience; 23:30 Beginning of his come home; 24:24 Come home to his family; 26:00 What did he take out of the experience; 27:00 His view on the Iraqi people; 28:00 Final thoughts, Thank you, and ending the interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
101st Airborne, 3rd Brigade, Combat Team 1st Battalion 187 Abu Company "Rakkasan"
Location of Service
Fort Benning (Ga.); Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal
Airborne Certified; Long Range Marksman Certified
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Castillo, Kenny M.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Castillo, Kenny M. interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 140.