Oral history interview of Omar Padilla. Interview conducted by Melissa Liebman at Orlando, Florida.
0:30 Introduction; 1:00 Choosing to enlist and reasons why; 2:00 Why he chose the Army; 2:30 Early days of training camp; 3:30 Adjusting to military life; 4:00 Leave from training and hometown recruiting; 5:00 Sent to Texas and life in Texas; 6:00 Spare time during battle training; 7:00 First deployment to National Training Center [FOLLOWED BY "(CA)"; IN LOG]; 8:00 First tour in Iraq, general facts; 9:00 Life in Baghdad/the people of Baghdad; 10:00 Most memorable moments in Baghdad; 11:36 Emotions that he experienced; 12:10 Friendships formed in Iraq; 12:30 Life after returning to the States; 13:40 Second tour in Iraq; 14:20 Contact with friends and family; 15:40 Awards/medals received; 16:20 Leadership role throughout 2nd tour; 17:30 Return home from 2nd tour; 18:19 Stay in contact with other soldiers; 18:40 Viewpoint on the war; 20:00 Life at UCF vs. life in Iraq; 22:17 The media and the war; 24:03 How war time experiences has affected life at UCF; 25:48 How to relate to people who haven't had the same experiences; 26:23 Significant life lessons taken from experience; 27:21 Friends at UCF also involved in the military; 28:36 Overall experience of being in the Army.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Alpha Company 1-5 Cav 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Tex.
Location of Service
Baghdad (Iraq); Kirkuk
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
OIF 6; OIF 8
Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; American Defense Service medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Battalion Equal Opportunity Advisor, lead a raid that led to the arrest of 15 Al- Qaeda
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Padilla, Omar; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Army; Iraq; Texas; Baghdad; Multiple tours; Civilian life; 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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Omar, Padilla, "Padilla, Omar interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 56.