Oral History interview of Adela Martinez. Interview conducted by Kelley, Tyler at Orlando, FL.
0:27 Birthplace; 0:33 Childhood; 0:51 Siblings; 1:34 Family Service; 1:41 Parents; 2:00 Education; 2:34 Why Join the Army; 3:50 Interest In the Military; 5:08 Family Reaction; 5:41 Basic Training; 6:35 Routine Day; 7:38 Valuable Skills; 8:27 Drill Sergeants; 9:33 Obstacle Course; 10:48 Advanced Training; 11:33 Lackland Air Force Base; 12:24 Airborne School; 13:08 Key West; 14:03 Fort Bliss, Kuwait; 20:26 Pentagon Policies; 22:17 First Impressions; 23:55 Camp Doha; 25:04 Start of the War; 27:51 Lack of Worry; 29:06 Bathroom Story; 31:30 Assignment; 33:52 Recreation; 35:30 Contacting Home; 36:30 Battle of Nasiriya; 38:28 Medals and Citations; 39:10 British Pilot Story; 42:00 Active Duty Release; 44:01 Camp Doha (Continued); 45:09 Leaving the Army; 46:12 Civilian Life; 48:39 College, Crime Analyst; 49:53 Keeping In Touch; 50:18 Reception; 50:52 Closing Comments; 51:13 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Los Angeles (Calif.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Lackland Air Force Base (Tex.); Fort Bliss (Tex.); Camp Doha (Kuwait)
Sergeant First Class; SFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Combat Action Badge; Good Conduct Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Martinez, Adela; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Adela, Martinez, "Martinez, Adela interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 498.