Oral History interview of Alex Thorp. Interview conducted by Stewart, Monique at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.
2:05 Hometown life & parent background; 4:00 Reasons for joining the army; 4:45 High school, particularly senior year; 5:21 Process of enlisting; 7:45 Deployed in 2009; 8:40 Basic training; 10:40 Mortar simulation attacks; 12:50 TPE logistics experts working with civilian contractors; 13:50 Contact with battalion in Kuwait; 16:20 Missile attack on base; 17:30 Explosion by the bathroom; 17:50 An inactive mortar lands in front of two soldiers; 18:10 Jokes were his coping mechanism; 21:00 Life on base – "Starbucks, KFC"; 21:30 Soldier's Angels organization; 22:15 MREs; 24:00 Adjusting to go home/loss of routine; 25:25 Returned home; 27:00 Meeting his daughter for the first time; 30:00 First tour & the difference between the second; 33:00 Effects of the war on his personality; 35:30 Friends in the military; 39:00 Arguments that happened between comrades and leaders; 41:02 Plans for the future; 41:52 Civilian misconceptions about the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Reserve
Unit of Service
195th Terminal Supervision Team; 1174th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion; 1397th Deployment and distribution Support Battalion
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal
Was part of Operation Reduction of Forces in Iraq in 2009-2010 and Operation Drumbeat 2014 responsible for the drawdown of combat forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library in Orlando.
Thorp, Alex; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army Reserve
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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Alex, Thorp, "Thorp, Alex interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 375.