Oral History interview of Ethan Ensley. Interview conducted by Barry, Joseph at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Biographical information; 0:59 Immediate family; 1:23 Family in service; 1:30 Education; 3:09 Prior jobs; 5:36 Family's response to enlistment; 6:07 Boot camp in Orlando, FL; 6:53 Additional training in Millington, TN; 7:41 Most memorable moment in training; 9:00 Other memories of bootcamp; 9:35 First active duty assignment in San Diego, 1989; 10:00 Experiences in San Diego; 10:44 Gulf War I- hore duty; 11:52 Deployment to Gulf War 11; 12:41 Reaction to deployment; 13:16 Lessons learned; 14:30 Shaping experiences; 16:26 Air crew and rescue swimmer school training; 16:51 2004 deployment mission ABC2; 18:01 Duties of mission commander; 20:33 First impressions of Iraq; 21:17 Living quarters in Iraq; 24:59 Communicating with family while overseas; 26:37 Typical day in Iraq; 28:44 Interaction with local civilians and non-Americans; 30:49 Daily equipment; 32:40 "Jack of all trades"; 35:55 Combat experiences; 37:11 Thoughts while under fire; 39:02 Leave while in Iraq; 41:36 Most memorable experience in Iraq; 42:45 Other memorable experiences in Iraq; 45:36 Memorable night mission; 47:44 Returning from deployments; 49:47 Reception upon returning to the states; 52:26 Receiving awards; 57:15 Reason for moving to Orlando, FL; 59:02 Final comments.
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
745th Special Operations Squadron; NAWC-TSD, Orlando
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.); Orlando (Fla.); Iraq
Lieutenant Commander; LCDR
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Served with the 745th Special Operations Squadron as a Mission Commander in Iraq.
Awarded 10 air medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Ensley, Ethan G.; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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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Ethan, Ensley Gravitte, "Ensley, Ethan Gravitte interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 234.