Oral History interview of David Sumner. Interview conducted by Picard, Katelyn at the University of Central Florida Library.
0:41 Biographical Information; 1:44 Job Before the Army; 2:12 How Joined the Army; 3:50 MEPS problem; 4:36 Shipped out Jan. 2007, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 5:00 Reasons Why Joined Army; 5:56 Families Reaction; 6:31 Basic Training; 7:24 Adapting to Military Lifestyle; 8:31 Deployed; 8:42 Deployment Details; 9:44 Explanation of Why Sumner is Intelligence; 11:20 Contract Renegotiation; 12:04 Duty while Deployed; 12:18 Expectations about Iraq; 13:05 Not Prepared For; 13:55 Opposed to the War; 15:56 Relationships Made in Service; 16:30 Leadership in Iraq; 17:08 Contact Keeped; 18:08 Recreational Activities; 19:45 Interaction with Civilians; 21:32 Return to the States; 22:34 Promotion; 23:11 Return Home Reception; 23:30 Readjustment; 26:20 Support for the War; 27:08 Counseling, PSTD; 27:59 Impact of Military on Life; 29:01 US Handlement of Iraq; 30:00 Family's Opinion on Iraq War; 30:55 Family's Reaction to Deployment; 31:23 Concerns on Safety; 31:46 Viewpoint on Middle East Post-Deployment; 33:20 Cultural Aspects; 36:10 Interesting Points Learned; 38:53 Plans Post-Military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
West Palm Beach (Fla.)
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
ACO 742nd MI BN 740th MI BDE
Location of Service
Fort Meade (Md.); Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
West Palm Beach
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library
Sumner, David M.; 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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David, Sumner M., "Sumner, David M. interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 179.