Oral History interview of Joseph Ortner. Interview conducted by Lambert, Fred; Tran, Tristan at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
0:42 Biographical information, childhood; 1:06 Family members in the military; 1:32 Pre-military education; 1:57 Pre-military employment; 2:16 Motivation for enlistment; 3:08 Family's opinion on enlistment; 4:04 Basic training; 7:49 First assignment to a unit; 8:12 First tour of Iraq; 9:07 Reconnaissance training; 9:40 Mission objective in Iraq; 11:30 Opinion of Iraq; 13:17 Communicating with family; 14:15 Daily life in Iraq; 15:40 Layout of barracks; 16:37 Most memorable moment in Iraq; 18:00 Interaction with Iraqi civilians; 19:08 Details on patrolling; 20:09 Transition between first and second tours; 21:18 Thoughts on combat; 24:20 Opinion on the enemy; 26:04 Most memorable moment of second tour; 28:13 Encounters with IEDs; 29:35 Leave during second tour; 30:25 Downtime activities; 30:54 Hurricane Katrina aftermath; 33:55 Decision to leave Army; 35:05 Transition into civilian life; 36:04 Education and use of GI Bill; 36:50 Current occupation; 38:27 Continued contact with members of his unit; 39:34 Advice to new recruits.
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
1st Platoon, B company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 1st Platoon, C Troop, 1st Battalion, 73rd Reconnaissance Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Location of Service
New Orleans (La.); West Point (N.Y.); Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Combat Infantryman Badge
Iraq, Katrina, West Point cadet trainer
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Lambert, Fred; Tran, Tristan
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Ortner, Joseph; 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
Lambert, Fred; Tran, Tristan
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Joseph, Ortner, "Ortner, Joseph interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 242.