Oral History interview of David Matthews. Interview conducted by Fitzgerald, Jason at University of Central Florida.
0:36 Family / Education / Employment before the military; 2:44 Reasons for joining the military; 4:08 Boot camp; 12:46 Graduation; 13:35 Occupation in the military; 14:20 Advance training; 16:00 Civilian occupation while in the National Guard; 17:40 Typical day for drill weekends and annual training; 21:42 Afghanistan; 24:40 Results of rollover accident in Afghanistan; 28:09 Pictures of deployment; 30:50 Returning from deployment; 32:28 Eulogy for soldier killed in rollover accident in Afghanistan; 34:15 Views on Military involvement in the Middle East; 35:53 Experiences at UCF as student; 36:55 Plays a recorded speech from President Reagan; 39:22 Military as a preparation for civilian life.
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
Unit of Service
C company 124 Battalion INF Orlando; 715th Military Police Unit Melbourne
Location of Service
Orlando (Fla.); Melbourne (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Trained over 100 soldiers in NBC before being deployed to Afghanistan.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Matthews, David G.; 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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David, Matthews G., "Matthews, David G. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 499.