Oral History interview of Scott MacDonald. Interview conducted by Petronico, Justin at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida.
0:01 Intro, childhood, family and parent background; 3:02 Move from Massachusetts to Florida; 3:15 Background in education, scholarship, college, enlisting; 7:50 Arriving at Fort Jackson, day to day basic training; 12:00 Moving to Fort Huachoca, learning about computers, Thirty-Three Whiskey; 13:25 Orders for Fort Huachoca, background/interest in field of intelligence; 16:45 305 Military Intelligence Battalion, becoming a sergeant and the responsibilities in the group; 20:30 Reasons for requesting Germany over Korea; 22:20 Wiesbaaden Army Airfield and the Tactical Exploitation System and roles; 23:50 Deployment with system; 24:22 Typical work day in Germany, description of equipment; 26:40 Free time in Germany; 28:00 Culture, food, and people interaction in Germany; 31:44 Meeting wife and dating in Kuwait; 32:26 Reasons for deploying to Kuwait, working on system, and the people involved in the group; 37:16 Living in Kuwait, water stories, and the women in the group; 40:29 Interaction with local people in Kuwait; 42:23 Meeting wife in Poland, background on wife, getting married; 47:06 Serving in Iraq; 47:30 Operation Iraqi Freedom; 47:48 Typical day in Iraq, food, people interaction; 50:32 Combat in Iraq, moving equipment; 53:16 Final memory of Iraq; 53:41 Receiving medals; 54:36 Advice to veterans returning to the U.S.; 56:16 Final thoughts, wrap up and farewell.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New Bedford (Mass.)
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
305 Military Intelligence Battalion
Location of Service
Fort Jackson (S.C.); Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Wiesbaden (Germany); Kuwait; Iraq
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal
See video for details.
Awarded both Army Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal twice. "My wife and I met in Kuwait during our deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is also an Army veteran." - Scott A. MacDonald.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.
MacDonald, Scott A.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "MacDonald, Scott A. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 414.