Oral History interview of Arthur Castaner. Interview conducted by Stiner, Susan at Veteran's Residence, Tampa, FL.
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
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, 2nd Brigade, 1/75th Reconnaissance Surveillance Targeting Acquisition Regiment; Military Training Team
Location of Service
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation New Dawn
Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal
See video for details.
Identify as Cuban/Korean. Awarded Joint Service Commendation Medal twice.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Residence, Tampa, FL
Castaner, Arthur; 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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Arthur, Castaner, "Castaner, Arthur interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 165.