Oral History interview of Ricardo Delbrey. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at University of Central Florida, Orlando,FL.
0:40 Birth place; 1:00 Growing up as a military child; 1:55 Siblings; 2:25 Parents occupations; 3:21 Friendships with other military children; 4:32 High school in Puerto Rico and other DoD schools; 5:51 Family history of military service; 7:05 Education before entering the military; 8:25 Reasons for choosing the Army; 10:15 Army ROTC experience; 13:00 Training provided by ROTC; 14:40 Going on ADOS orders to 101st Airborne; 15:45 Getting assigned to a Brigade Combat Team; 17:20 Preparing for a unit for deployment; 19:40 Joint Readiness Training Center; 20:25 Language training; 21:25 Local Nationals as interpreters; 23:30 Impressions of Afghan police; 24:30 Interacting with locals during missions; 25:55 Communicating with family by Skype; 26:50 Taking leave; 27:40 Rainy season and operating during two days of rain; 28:38 Insurgents using Improvised Explosive Devices; 32:40 Assisting villagers during a flash flood; 35:00 Planning an ambush on Insurgents; 39:08 Ambush is attacked in a small village; 40:10 Returning home from Afghanistan and adjusting; 41:20 Receiving counseling to help cope with trauma; 43:19 Transferring to the Reserve and being activated as an instructor; 43:19 Reserve versus the Active Component; 44:00 Type of training done in the Reserves; 46:05 Being received by the community; 47:19 Using training as an MP to become Police Officer; 47:55 Going through police academy with other service members; 49:04 Transition resources provided by contracting companies; 50:15 Maintaining contact with people he served with; 51:25 Advice to prospective soldiers; 54:50 Remember why you are serving; 56:04 Conclusion.
Place of Birth
Black or African American
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
Works at the UCF Police Department. Also served in Iraq.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Delbrey, Ricardo Jr.; 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, "Delbrey, Ricardo interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 427.