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Oral History interview of Adam Gonzales. Interview conducted by Mayfield, William & Vinson, Austin at Gonzales Residence.


0:20 What factors made you decide to join the military? 0:48 How did you family take the news of you joining the military? 1:24 What branch of the military did you join? 1:32 What was your first impression after joining the military? 2:30 What was your favorite part of basic training? 3:10 Describe a typical day in boot camp. 4:43 What was your job in the military? 4:48 Where were you first stationed? 5:24 How long were you in Iraq? 5:32 What were your initial perceptions of Iraq? 6:25 Did your perceptions change toward the end of your service in Iraq? 6:50 Describe a typical day in Iraq? 9:00 How did soldiers entertain themselves while in Iraq? 9:48 How were Americans viewed by the Iraqi people? 11:10 Does media coverage accurately depicted what was actually going on? 12:00 How many years did you serve in the military? 12:10 What was your most memorable experience from the military? 12:40 What was the most difficult part about being in the war? 14:05 Was it difficult to transition back to civilian life after serving time in Iraq? 15:35 What helped you through the challenges during the war? 16:45 What was going on in Iraq when you left? 17:47 Name some activities that you have done since you have been back? 18:37 What are you currently doing now? 19:30 Do you have any regrets about serving in the military? 20:45 If you have kids later on, would you encourage them to join the military? 21:15 Does military experience on your resume help you get jobs in the future? 22:00 What were conditions like for the Iraqi prisoners? 29:00 Why did you decide to go to Iraq? 29:30 10 years from now do you still see yourself working for the military? 30:35 What was the worst thing you experienced while in Iraq? 34:52 What did you look forward to the most about coming back to America? 35:47 Did you ever have to shoot anybody? 38:55 How many languages do you know? 39:40 How did you become such a good marksman with firearms? [Veteran Interview Part 2] 0:20 If you could go back in time and join the military again, would you? 3:02 Give me a story of something funny that happened while you were in Iraq.

Place of Birth

Valrico (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Headquarters, 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery; Florida Air National Guard; 652nd Military Police Company

Location of Service

Abu Ghraib (Iraq); Fort Stewart (Ga.)

Highest Rank

Specialist; E-4

Prisoner of War







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Mayfield, William; Vinson, Austin

Interview Date



Gonzales, Adam James; 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


Mayfield, William; Vinson, Austin

Length of Interview

54 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type