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Oral history interview of Quincy Arnold. Interview conducted by Caroline Heumann at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on April 20, 2017


0:25 Biographical Information and Childhood; 1:07 Parents' Occupation; 2:00 Family Size; 2:20 Education before the service, kicked out of high school; 3:47 Family members in the military; 4:35 Reactions to 9/11; 6:52 Stationed in Korea; 7:14 Influence to join the military, education; 8:10 Experience with the recruitment process, trying to join the Air Force; 9:13 Basic Training, leadership positions; 10:52 Drill Sergeants at basic training and AIT, pregnant while in AIT; 12:27 Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Human Resources; 14:24 Stationed in Germany, Personnel Services Battalion; 15:10 Living in Germany, Ex-Husband deployed to Macedonia; 17:33 Son born in living room in Germany; 18:55 Typical day in the army as a private; 20:55 Typical day in the army as a sergeant; 21:35 Difference in problems faced by soldiers now; 22:22 Stationed in Colorado with a hospital, working with civilians; 23:50 Stationed in Korea, maintaining records; 25:00 Working with Korean soldiers, culture; 26:20 Return to Colorado, Brigade Combat Team; 26:45 Deployment, reactions to deployment, combat action badge; 28:00 Monsoon season; 29:03 Tower Checks; 29:54 When things don't go according to plan; 30:58 Humorous events, finding the good in things; 32:22 Getting stuck during a tour check; 32:50 Describing fellow servicemen, battle buddies; 34:02 Working with other military branches; 35:10 Work with Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute; 36:45 How the army has changed; 37:58 Cultural change in the army, generational divide and "Don't Ask Don't Tell"; 40:17 Entertainment during deployment, MWR; 42:05 Starting "Operation Save A Book"; 43:02 Why she decided to stay in the Army for 20 years; 45:46 Time in Afghanistan; 48:08 Challenges of being away from family; 49:28 Plans for after the Army, raising awareness for female veterans; 50:55 Becoming a Sergeant Audie Murphy Member; 53:08 Experience of being a woman in the Army; 57:20 Medals Awarded; 58:16 Keeping in touch with servicemen; 59:12 Wouldn't change anything about service; 59:48 End of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Saint Louis (Mo.)




Black or African American

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

64th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division; 10th Combat Support Hospital, 1st MEDCOM; 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division

Location of Service

Forward Operating Base Warhorse (Iraq); Baghdad (Iraq); Camp Nathan Smith (Afghanistan)

Highest Rank

Sergeant First Class; SFC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation New Dawn


Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge


A Sergeant Audie Murphy Club member.


Awarded Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device and Wheeled Driver Mechanics Badge. Awarded Army Good Conduct Medal six times, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon three times and Overseas Service Ribbon four times.

City of Birth

Saint Louis

Country of Birth

United States


Heumann, Caroline

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


Arnold, Quincy M.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army

Collection Description

RICHES University of Central Florida



Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Heumann, Caroline

Length of Interview

60 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type