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Oral History interview of John Phillips. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at 12424 Research Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826.


0:01 Introduction; 0:42 Early Life and Father's Military Service; 3:38 Uncle's Military Service/ Yalta Conference; 4:56 Reason for Joining the Army/ Family Military Service throughout American History; 6:10 Family and Friend's Reaction to enlistment; 7:02 Father's Reaction to joining the Army; 8:34 Basic Training/ Reaction to Basic Training; 10:07 Day to Day training/ Physical Conditions of Training; 11:42 Most Memorable Experience in Basic Training; 13:11 Field Artillery Training- Fire Direction; 13:49 Differences between Basic and Field Artillery Training; 14:22 Assignment to Fort Sill; 14:55 Personal Feelings about the Assignment; 15:14 Volunteering for assignment to Brigade 76/ Feelings about Fort Sill; 16:12 Traveling to Germany; 16:51 German Field Artillery Assignment/ Duties in Germany; 17:18 Reflection on life in Germany/ Entertainment in Germany; 19:31 Leaving Germany/ Studying at Valencia Community College; 20:24 Studying at UCF and ROTC; 21:24 Veteran's Enlisted Service effect on ROTC program; 22:21 Assignment to Germany following Training in Fort Sill; 25:23 Day to Day life in Field Artillery Assignment in Germany; 26:47 Fire Direction on a Battalion Level; 27:19 Training Requirements for this assignment; 28:02 Computer's Effect on Field Artillery Calculations; 29:31 Advancement to Captain/ Additional Training in Fort Sill; 30:31 Assignment to Fort Carson and Day to Day Duties; 33:38 Graduate School at Syracuse; 36:14 Assignment to Atlanta/Deployment to Saudi Arabia; 37:49 Duties in Saudi Arabia; 39:24 Duties of a Comptroller; 40:12 Recreation in Bahrain; 41:15 Duties as Head of Finance for Army Operations in the Middle East; 43:18 Exercise Related Construction Projects in the Middle East; 45:08 Personal Feelings on Oman/Traveling through the Middle East; 46:40 Assignment to FORSCOM; 48:53 Comptroller for 101st Airborne/ Computer Automation for Finance; 52:22 Brigade Fire Support Officer/ Reflection about Military Training; 53:27 Secretary of General Staff/ Duties and Responsibilities of Assignment; 54:38 Assignment as Aide de Camp; 54:58 Decision process regarding retirement/ Coca-Cola Hiring Process; 56:12 Decision to Retire and future assignments; 57:02 Work with Coca-Cola compared to US Army service; 59:10 Medals Awarded; 1:00:23 Problems related to transitioning from Military Service to Civilian work; 1:04:04 Remaining in Contact with Veterans; 1:05:45 Reflection on his career; 1:06:47 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st Bn. 30th Field Artillery; 5th Bn., 29th Field Artillery, 1st Bn., 320th Field Artillery; First US Army; Forscom; Third US Army; Arcent; 101st Airborne Division; 4th infantry Division; VII Corps Artillery; III Corps Artillery

Location of Service

Fort Sill (Okla.); Germany; Fort Carson (Colo.); Saudi Arabia

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Southwest Asia Medal; Liberation of Kuwait Medal; Overseas ribbon; Air Assault Badge


See video for details.


Medal details: Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters.

City of Birth

Fort Leavenworth

Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Phillips, John W.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

68 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type