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Description

Oral History interview of Arthur Castaner. Interview conducted by Stiner, Susan at Veteran's Residence, Tampa, FL.

Log

1:26 Why join the Army? 2:59 Possible careers within the Army; 4:26 Military training; 6:40 Adapting to life in the military; 9:36 First time in Baghdad; 10:14 Patrolling with Personal Security Detachment; 11:34 Training before going to Iraq; 11:46 First impressions of Iraqi people; 13:15 Impressions of Iraqi people during second tour; 13:57 Friendship with an Iraqi Solider; 16:20 Preparation for Iraq (intelligence); 18:24 Iraqi Election; 20:08 Cultural differences between US and Iraq; 22:29 Iraqi landscape; 25:34 First time being fired upon; 26:00 Loss of a fellow soldier; 31:17 Return to the US / Dealing with PTSD; 33:08 Communication with family and loved ones; 36:27 Getting out of the military; 37:49 Feedback from US citizens; 39:26 Lessons from the military.

Date of Birth

1982-06-01

Place of Birth

Miami (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

Asian

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2003-01-01

2011-01-29

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

101st Airborne, 2nd Brigade, 1/75th Reconnaissance Surveillance Targeting Acquisition Regiment; Military Training Team

Location of Service

Baghdad (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Operation New Dawn

Medals

Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal

Achievements

See video for details.

Note

Identify as Cuban/Korean. Awarded Joint Service Commendation Medal twice.

City of Birth

Miami

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Stiner, Susan

Interview Date

3-30-2013

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence, Tampa, FL

Subjects

Castaner, Arthur; 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

Stiner, Susan

Length of Interview

41 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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