Oral History interview of John C. Burns. Interview conducted by James Solomons at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.
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
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
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
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Persian Gulf Operation; Just Cause Operation; Joint Guardian Operation
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
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.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.
Burns, John C.; 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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John, Burns C., "Burns, John C. - interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 200.