Oral History interview of Peter Santiago. Interview conducted by Oswmer Louis at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 1:24 Life before the military; 4:10 Choosing the military; 6:50 Basic Training; 8:30 Summary of service; 9:12 English/Spanish language barrier; 11:05 Leaving the Navy; 13:05 Initial responsibilities; 15:06 First Supervisor; 17:25 Operation Southern Watch; 22:13 Dangers of the flight deck; 26:10 Training to work on the flight deck; 27:35 Memories from San Diego; 29:23 Leaving the military (full story); 34:19 Military family; 36:54 Operation Desert Strike; 41:34 Life after the military; 42:10 Joining the National Guard; 45:30 Joining the Naval Reserve; 49:41 Completely leaving the military; 53:30 Working after the military; 55:30 Reaching out to old friends; 57:05 Reflection on military service; 58:30 Missed opportunities; 1:01:05 Memorable experiences in the service; 1:08:05 Military accomplishments; 1:11:08 Closing remarks on the Navy.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Fighter Squadron Eleven; Delta Company 65th Infantry; Navy Operational Support Center Roosevelt Roads; Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Sixty
Location of Service
San Diego (Calif.); Puerto Rico; Naval Station Mayport (Fla.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Southwest Asia Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Sea Service Ribbon
F-14D Plane Captain; F-14D Ordnance man; Carrier Air wing Arm/Dream Crew member; TOW Systems Operator
The veteran served in NAS Miramar, San Diego, California; Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Was in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Desert Strike.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Santiago, Peter; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Peter, Santiago, "Santiago, Peter interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 560.