Oral History interview of Andrew West. Interview conducted by Hornsby, Kimberly at the University of Central Florida RICHES Office Interview Room.
2:45 Introductions, family history and military background; 4:24 Enlistment and expectations; 7:12 1st station, rank, assignments and responsibilities; 8:07 Deployment to Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, unit, rank and training; 11:07 Mission and main obstacles: IEOs; 14:50 Units interaction with civilians and tribe elders; 15:28 Sectarian Violence, did training properly prepare, engagements; 19:29 2nd Deployments Afghanistan/ Operation Enduring Freedom 2009-10; 20:05 Rank, mission, responsibilities, security risks, conflicts and injuries; 32:20 Challenges of war, injury and loss of life; 36:20 Communication with family and friends; 38:30 Happenings in Iraq and Afghanistan when leaving; 41:50 Adjustments and transitions back to civilian life; 45:20 Military help offered to troops and issues they face; 47:37 Current status, needs, college and awards/metals; 51:54 Conversations w/ individuals that don't agree with wars; 53:25 Misconceptions about wars; 55:57 What he would like to see for these two countries; 58:54 How military changed him/ what uniform means; 60:32 Most meaningful thing as a solider; 62:39 Closing statement and thanks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
4th Brigade, 25th Division Combat Team; 1st Regiment, 501st Battalion Airborne Infantry;4/25th Brigade Combat Team, 1/501st Airborne Infantry
Location of Service
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida RICHES Office Interview Room.
West, Andrew P.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "West, Andrew Peter interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 178.