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Oral History interview of Subhankar Patnaik. Interview conducted by Kelly, Karen at University of Central Florida.


0:25 Biographical Information; 1:20 Childhood in India; 1:55 Education before entering the service; 2:45 Transition from science to hospitality industry; 4:05 Influence to join the military; 5:20 Time at seminary school; 6:25 Studying in both Church of Latter Day Saints and Baptist Church; 8:11 Joining the military as an older recruit; 9:15 Injury in Basic Training; 10:10 What influenced him to join the military as a priest; 11:35 Chaplain that became his mentor; 13:33 Family's reaction to him joining the military; 14:55 Adapting to life in the military; 15:45 Basic Training; 15:55 Advanced Training; 16:55 Hunter Army Airfield and work as Petroleum Lab Specialist; 17:50 Transition from enlisted soldier to commissioned officer; 20:55 Prior experience with psychological issues in India; 22:05 Helping a suicidal soldier; 24:35 His experience as a spiritual person and conversion to Christianity; 25:45 Story about his faith in God from his time in France; 29:35 Help from strangers in Paris; 30:55 How his experiences helped him become a chaplain; 32:05 Being a chaplain as a convert, helping people from other faiths; 34:02 Very few LDS soldiers; 34:48 What kinds of issues he works with; 36:10 Helping a family after the sudden death of a solider; 38:00 Working as a Junior Chaplain; 39:18 Wanting to join the Air Force; 40:35 How a professor helped him join the Air Force; 41:55 Average day as a chaplain; 43:02 Who he turns to for help; 43:58 Counseling children of soldiers in the Army; 45:30 Difference between working with children and adults; 46:33 Effect of his experience in the military; 48:00 Being made fun of during basic training; 48:40 Story from low crawl training; 50:50 Things he's learned from the service; 51:45 Being an example for his children; 52:45 Changes in the military; 54:25 End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cuttack (India)





Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

260 TH QM Battalion, HAAF; Hunter Army Airfield Chapel; 143D ESC, 920TH Rescue Wing

Location of Service

Hunter Army Airfield (Ga.); Savannah (Ga.); Orlando (Fla.); Patrick Air Force Base (Fla.)

Highest Rank

First Lieutenant; 1LT; O-2

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal


Basic Combat Training, Fort Sill, OK, 2010. Petroleum Laboratory Specialist, Fort Lee, OK, 2010. Combat Life Saver Course, 2010. Warrior Leader Course, 2010. United States Army Fire Warden Training, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, 2010. Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Training, 2011. Crucial Conversations Training, 2013. Psychology of Grief, Death, and Dying, 2014. Ministerial Counseling with Adolescents and Children, 2015. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 2015. Ask, Care, Escort-Suicide Intervention Training (ACE-SI), 2015.


Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award).

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Kelly, Karen

Interview Date

Fall 4-18-2017

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Patnaik, Subhankar; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

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


Kelly, Karen

Length of Interview

55 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type