Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of John C. Burns. Interview conducted by James Solomons at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.

Log

1:15 Family background; 2:23 Influences to join military; 3:38 First days in military; 4:35 Commission; 5:01 Training to be an officer; 6:21 Specialized training; 7:15 "Where were you stationed"; 9:30 Germany; 16:17 Language barriers and communication; 19:37 Panama and Operation Just Cause; 25:12 POW recovery in Vietnam and Grenada; 30:00 Kosovo 1999; 33:15 Operation Iraqi Freedom: Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq; 35:30 Duties in Iraq; 39:10 Communication home; 41:42 Unusual events while serving; 45:32 IED explosion; 49:48 Naval war College (Military faculty); 51:16 Post-service adjustments; 52:18 Simulation software; 53:27 Retirement; 53:50 Post-service occupation and daily life; 55:15 Correspondence with old military friends; 56:14 Reflection on service.

Date of Birth

1958-09-16

Place of Birth

Waynesburg (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1980-05-24

2007-09-30

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1. Military Faculty, Naval War College (2001-2003, 2004-2007); 2. C3 Chief of Operations, 3rd Army and the Coalition Forces Land: Component Command (Jan 2003-Jul 2004 in Kuwait and Iraq; 3. Aviation Brigade Task Force Commander. Multi¬ National Bde East, Kosovo (Jun-Dec 1999; 4. Commander, 2-1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Katterbach Airfield, Germany (1980-2000); 5. Readiness Planner, Joint Staff J-7, Pentagon; 6. Staff Officer, DCSOPS Force Development directorate, Army Staff Pentagon (1994-1996)…

Location of Service

Kuwait; Iraq; Afghanistan; Korea; Panama; Germany; Persian Gulf; Cambodia; Vietnam

Highest Rank

Colonel; COL

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Persian Gulf Operation; Just Cause Operation; Joint Guardian Operation

Medals

Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Combat Action Badge; Master Aviator Badge; Senior Parachutist Badge

Achievements

Military Faculty, Naval War College, 2 Tours - Naval War College Course Director for Joint Land Air Sea Simulation (JLASS) Senior Service College Strategic Planning Program, AY 2005-2007. - IED Survivor - Baghdad 2004 - Chief of Operations for Coalition. Theater Land Command Headquarters (CFLCC)/3rd Anny at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom Jan 2003-July 2004 - initial Avn Bde Task Force Commander for Operation Joint Guardian NATO Peace Enforcement mission in Kosovo in 1999 - Det Commander - POW/M IA Recovery mission in Cambodia and Vietnam - 1992. First use of US military helicopters in Southeast Asia since end of Vietnam War. - JTF Planner for Operation Just Cause responsible for PC targets, 1989-1990.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Waynesburg

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Solomons, James

Interview Date

3-28-2014

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Burns, John C.; 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

Contributors

Solomons, James

Length of Interview

58 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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