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Oral History interview of Seth Williams. Interview conducted by Mussat, Abra at Veteran's Residence, Orlando, FL.


0:20 Birth place and date; 0:30 Parent's birth location; 1:00 Amount of siblings; 1:15 Life before the military; 1:30 He joined the army; 2:10 Task of convincing his parents; 3:00 Grandparents feeling about his joining up; 3:50 Process of enlisting, recruiter in Sanford; 4:15 Chose the army over all other branches; 4:50 Grandfather's enlistment and how it motivated Seth; 5:35 Seth's departure; 5:50 Preparing for Ft. Benning; 6:50 Experience of heading to Sand Hill in Ft. Benning; 8:50 Life in bootcamp; 10:45 Graduation Day from bootcamp; 12:15 Cap to Buret ceremony; 12:35 Mother and girlfriend reunited with Seth; 13:10 AIT: Infantry School; 13:45 Airborne and ranger school; 14:00 Stationed in Ft. Benning; 15:50 1st deployment to Iraq; 16:35 Primary job was to escort his colonel; 17:15 Under fire in Camp Victory by Iraqi army personnel; 18:10 First time in combat; 20:25 Emotional response to combat; 21:30 Camaraderie between his unit; 23:50 Communication between his family and friends; 26:00 Food/goods on base in Camp Victory; 27:45 Leg injured by mortar in Baghdad, Iraq; 32:20 Experience in the Medical Center; 34:35 Sent back to the US to heal; 35:00 Chose to finish out contract with National Guard in Orlando; 35:15 First days as Sergeant in the National Guard; 37:25 Compared the features of the National Guard to the Army; 38:35 Finishing his contract; 40:35 Iraq's position on people visiting today; 42:00 Families reactions to him finishing his contract; 43:25 His adjustment to civilian life; 44:05 How his life has changed because he joined the army; 47:15 Life lessons learned from joining the military.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)




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

Unit of Service

2nd Battalion; 2-124 Headquarters; 5th Platoon

Location of Service

Fort Benning (Ga.); Baghdad (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Iraq Campaign


Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Bronze Star


National Defense Award Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Award Ribbon


Awarded Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Mussat, Abra

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence, Orlando, FL.


Williams, Seth M.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Mussat, Abra

Length of Interview

48 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