Oral History interview of William Stanton. Interview conducted by Charles, Dominic at Veteran's Residence, Fort Pierce, FL.
0:07 Introduction; 0:26 Childhood/family background; 2:47 West Point; 6:03 Dr. Stanton's inspiration to become a doctor; 8:01 Friends made in early years of military life; 9:37 Medical School; 10:26 German Experience; 11:12 First assignment as an Orthopedic Surgeon; 12:02 Contact with the German people; 15:33 Introduction to Iraqi experience; 16:37 Discussion on injuries Dr. Stanton treated; 19:16 Family's reaction to Dr. Stanton's deployment; 20:19 Dr. Stanton's knowledge of the Iraqi situation before deployment; 21:53 What Dr. Stanton learned about the Iraqi people; 24:35 Food on base; 25:57 Technology on base and living; 27:08 Free time on base; 28:05 base security; 29:33 Dr. Stanton's analysis of the American soldiers; 34:39 Dr. Stanton's impression on America's rebuilding effort; 37:07 Family reaction to Dr. Stanton's return; 39:24 Dr. Stanton's final thoughts on war in general.
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
Army Professional Management Command, 551st United States Army Hospital
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
Orthopedic Surgeon at Combat Surgical Hospital
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Residence, Fort Pierce, FL.
Stanton, William J.; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Stanton, William Joseph interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 182.