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Oral History interview of Clarence Jones. Interview conducted by Carlos Mercado at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.


0:01 Introduction; 0:39 Birth place and date; 0:48 Family; 0:55 Education growing up; 1:30 Discussing his childhood; 1:45 Military Family members; 2:10 Occupation before joining the Army; 2:49 Reason for enlisting; 3:15 Reason for choosing the Army; 3:25 Location of Basic Training; 3:48 Discusses experience in Basic Training; 4:03 Getting "smoked" explanation; 4:18 Experience with other recruits; 4:40 Advanced Training; 4:55 Military Police Work in the service; 5:30 First Duty Station Fort Lewis; 6:10 Deployment to Iraq; 6:39 First impressions of Iraq; 7:07 Duties in Iraq; 7:29 Typical day in Iraq; 8:20 Interacting with locals; 9:17 Communicating home while in Iraq; 10:00 Taking Leave from Iraq to go home; 10:45 Memorable experience while on leave; 11:06 Most memorable experience in Iraq; 13:38 Coming home from deployment; 13:50 Next duty assignment: Heidelberg, Germany; 14:00 First impressions of Heidelberg, Germany; 14:20 Unit assigned to in Germany; 14:30 Duties in Heidelberg, Germany; 15:57 Typical Day in Heidelberg, Germany; 16:30 Interacting with locals in Germany; 17:35 Culture shock in Germany; 17:48 Duration of tour in Germany; 18:05 Transferred to Fort Stewart Georgia; 18:41 Duration of tour at Fort Stewart Georgia; 19:05 Deployment to Afghanistan; 19:17 First impressions of Afghanistan; 19:42 Unit assigned to in Afghanistan; 20:01 Duties in Afghanistan; 20:25 Most memorable experience in Afghanistan; 22:20 Duration of tour in Afghanistan; 22:35 Decision to leave the Army; 23:16 Most memorable experience overall in the Army; 24:06 Leaving the Army and coming home; 25:34 Applying military training to civilian life; 25:51 Membership to Veteran groups; 26:00 Injuries in the Army; 27:13 Medals and Awards in the Army; 28:20 Final thoughts; 29:58 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fort Stewart (Ga.)




Black or African American

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

571st MP CO; 529th MP CO; 1-3 BSTB 3rd ID

Location of Service

Fort Lewis (Wash.); Heidelberg (Germany); Fort Stewart (Ga.); Iraq; Afghanistan

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal


Served as PSD.


Was in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-08) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2012-13).

City of Birth

Fort Stewart

Country of Birth

United States


Mercado, Carlos

Interview Date

Fall 11-30-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Jones, Clarence; 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


Mercado, Carlos

Length of Interview

30 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type