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Oral History interview of Elizabeth Chance. Interview conducted by Kellam, Jonathan at Lockhart Middle School in Orlando, FL.


0:20 Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, August 1981; 0:27 Father stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base when born; 0:32 Moved to and grew up in Kissimmee, FL with brother, mother, and father; 1:35 Joined military December 1998 while still a junior in high school; 2:05 Chose to enlist into the Army Reserve; 2:08 Went to basic training between junior & senior year of high school; 2:20 Parents signed permission in order to join; 2:55 Basic training conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Summer 1999; 4:30 Assigned to Echo Company at Fort Jackson; 5:00 Assigned to 7 41st Adjutant Generals after basic training; 5:15 Discussed duties performed on the job; similar to the Post Office workers; 6:55 Had good relationships with squad leaders; stayed in unit for 8 years; 8:05 Unit deployed in 2003 to the Middle East (Kuwait); 9:20 Family still supportive of military service; 10:10 Had to remain very secretive of location of deployment in Kuwait; 11:05 Stationed at Camp Udari, 15 miles south of the Iraqi border; 11:45 Camp Udari located in the middle of the desert; 12:20 Descriptions of Camp Udari; buildings, location, climate, etc.; 13:45 Describes the typical daily duties; mailing items out, and receiving them; 14:30 Description of various contraband seen throughout the time in the military; 15:35 Deployed for one year; May 2003 to May 2004; 16:20 Description of transitions back into civilian life; friends, family, free time; 17:30 Discussion about leaving the military; disfavor for the reasons of war (Iraq); 17:50 Discussion of military experience upon her life as a whole; 18:50 Describes what it was like to be a female in the military; more masculinity; 20:55 Further description of reasons for leaving the military; 21:30 Deployment is one of the most prominent memories recalled; 22:20 Final thoughts and reflections regarding her changing views about military; 23:00 Final discussion and thoughts regarding gays in the military in today's age.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Little Rock (Ark.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army Reserve

Unit of Service

741st Adjutant General Company (Postal); 81st Regional Support Command

Location of Service

Fort Jackson (S.C.); Kuwait; Camp Udairi (Kuwait)

Highest Rank

Specialist; SPC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth

Little Rock

Country of Birth

United States


Kellam, Jonathan

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockhart Middle School in Orlando, FL.


Chance, Elizabeth G.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army Reserve

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


Kellam, Jonathan

Length of Interview

24 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type