Oral History interview of Geoffrey LaGarde. Interview conducted by Baker, Holly at the University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall.
0:39 Location of birth and birthdate; 0:46 Moved to Florida in 9th grade; 0:56 Inspiration to join the military; 1:30 Family reaction to joining the military; 2:09 Training experiences; 2:46 Branch of service and rank; 3:00 Stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; 3:10 Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; 3:22 Typical day as an Army Specialist in Iraq; 5:11 Interacting with locals in Al Hawijah, Iraq where stationed; 6:31 Joining the Air Force; 7:33 Typical day at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan; 9:12 Combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; 10:35 Casualties and injuries in unit; 11:35 Entertainment; 12:52 Memorable experiences; 13:46 Experience with Special Operatives; 15:41 Traveling in Iraq; 16:04 Traveling in Afghanistan; 16:20 Weather and terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan; 17:35 Receiving Army Commendation Medal; 18:16 Keeping touch with family back home; 19:27 Close friendships; 21:13 After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; 22:30 Military experience shaping ideas about war and military; 23:34 Feelings when first told he was going to Iraq; 25:06 Culture shock when arriving in Iraq; 26:00 Kurds, Shias and Sunnis in Northern Iraq; 28:07 How military experience affected his life.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Alpha Company 1-27 Infantry Battalion, 25th Infantry Division;125th Fighter Wing, Security Forces Squadron
Location of Service
Hawaii; Al Hawijah (Iraq); Bagram (Afghanistan)
Technical Sergeant; TSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Firefight in Al Hawijah, Iraq (2004-4-17); Firefight in Al Hawijah, Iraq (2004-11-11)
Army Commendation Medal
Medal gained for efforts in Iraq and continued hard work and dedication to Hawaii unit, for above standard day to day duties. ODA-591 (A-Team Green Berets - night-time raids, initial gathering missions);
Defended base after Koran burning incident caused a riot
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
the University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall.
LaGarde, Geoffrey; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army; United States. Air Force
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, "LaGarde, Geoffrey interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 161.