Oral History interview of Bryan Crum. Interview conducted by Gent, Daniel at the University of Central Florida Cocoa regional campus Library.
0:01 Introduction; 1:00 Early Childhood, Family Situation; 1:45 Decision to join the Navy, timing; 3:45 Family Military History; 5:00 Training, environment. Gunner's Mate; 8:00 Weapons, Technological discussion; 9:30 Childhood Friends, Getting in Shape for bootcamp; 12:30 Life off duty, downtown San Diego; 13:45 Stationing in San Diego; 14:30 Information known about Iraq before deployment; 16:00 Jobs of different military branches; 16:45 Protecting the Carrier in the Gulf; 17:10 Iranian antagonism in the Gulf; 18:30 Pressures as a gunner; 18:55 Iranian fishing confiscation; 21:00 Troubles making engagement decisions; 21:45 Deaf boy close call; 26:45 No one to trust; 27:30 Views on political situation/responsibilities taken; 30:00 News Reports, views on the war and media; 31:30 Division between troops and leaders; 32:50 Communication with family, leave; 33:30 Difference between home and deployment, boredom; 34:30 Timing of deployment; 35:00 Responsibilities or lack thereof in San Diego; 35:30 Feelings on U.S. involvement in Iraq; 36:00 Leaders throughout history; 36:55 Hope for the future of Iraq/Westernization.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
U.S.S. Princeton CG-59
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.); Iraq
Petty Officer 3rd Class; PO3
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon; Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon; Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
Work Center Supervisor; Repair Parts Petty Officer; Training Petty Officer; 5"/54 MK45 Mod 2 Technician; 5"/54 MK45 Mod 22 Gun Mount Captain; 5"/54 MK45 EP2 Operator; 50CAL Machine Weapons Trainer; Advanced 50CAL Machine Weapons trainer; MK19 Weapons Trainer; 25MM Weapons Trainer; Ammunition Magazine Sprinklers Technician; Duty Gunners Mate; Small Craft Action Team (SCAT)
Diagnosed PTSD from 2005 Nimitz Strike Group deployment in the Persian Gulf - Combat related.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Cocoa regional campus Library. Gender Male
Crum, Bryan J.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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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Bryan, Crum James, "Crum, Bryan James interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 177.