Oral History interview of Michele Cetto. Interview conducted by Rayneard, Max at University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall.
0:01 Introduction of Veteran; 0:20 Childhood as army brat/growing up around the world; 3:40 Reason for entering Air Force; 4:05 Basic Training; 7:43 First Assignment, Load Master, Sheppard Air force Base; 8:10 Transferred the Human Resource Assistant in Keesler Air force Base; 10:05 Being stationed in England/ Good Years; 11:20 Meeting husband; 16:00 Honeymoon in Three Holes; 16:56 Having Children; 18:50 What the base was like before 9/11; 20:00 Experiencing 9/11; 24:00 What the base was like after 9/11; 25:10 Being transferred to Columbus Mississippi; 30:25 Assigned to 71st Fighter squadron in Langley; 31:54 Husband being assigned to Djibouti Africa; 36:00 Finding out how her husband died; 42:00 Filing for separation/ leaving the service; 44:35 Husbands funeral service; 48:38 Leaving the service/ organizations helping children; 49:35 Going back to school; 52:00 Making mistakes after leaving the service; 55:30 Going to School and getting a job at the VA; 57:00 Snowball express services for children of the fallen; 1:00:00 Struggles being considered a Gold Star Widow; 1:06:00 Military accommodation to pregnancies; 1:10:55 Treatment for dealing with husband's death / The VA; 1:16:15 Story given to children about death of husband/ what actually happened; 1:22:00 Meeting current fiancée; 1:27:36 Story of a friend who was raped and committed suicide; 1:28:30 Mom exposed to Agent orange and died of Gallbladder cancer; 1:33:05 Good that came out of her service; 1:38:15 What civilians need to know about veterans and service members; 1:43:00 Tension between Gold Stars and Gold Stars; 1:46:00 Experiencing PTSD; 1:50:00 Conclusion of interview.
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
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Personnelist, Human Resource Assistant
Location of Service
Sheppard Air Force Base (Tex.); England; Panama
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
"Husband was killed in South Africa while serving in Helicopter Collision." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall
Cetto, Michele; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Air Force
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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Michele, Cetto, "Cetto, Michele interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 467.