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
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)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
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
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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Elizabeth, Chance Gayl, "Chance, Elizabeth Gayl interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 169.