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Oral History interview of Kenneth Holliday. Interview conducted by John Grande at University of Central Florida.


0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Base stationed at before deployment; 0:47 Realization that deployment was imminent; 1:48 Additional training before deployment to Iraq; 3:27 Discussion of effectiveness of training; 5:02 Army's preparation for culture shock in Iraq; 5:52 Personal adjustment to Iraqi culture; 6:50 Family contact prior to deployment; 7:42 Date and process of leaving for Iraq; 9:30 Initial impressions of Iraq; 11:33 Description of Forward Operating Base; 12:16 Location of station in Iraq; 12:29 Description of weather during deployment in Iraq; 12:50 Acclimation to weather conditions; 14:06 Staying hydrated while on patrol; 15:01 General description of types of operations carried out in Iraq; 16:50 Discussion of constraints imposed on infantry during operations; 18:41 Perspective on Iraqi police; 20:02 Duration of deployment; 20:09 Readjusting to American civilian culture while on leave; 22:33 Description of holidays spent in Iraq; 23:36 Description of free time spent in Iraq; 24:17 Recollection of memorable people; 24:47 Recounting of first raid conducted in Iraq; 27:33 Contact with family while deployed; 28:17 Realizing when rotation in Iraq was ending; 28:52 Process of changing over units in rotation; 30:03 Description of debriefing process; 32:15 Adjustment to civilian life after deployment; 33:43 Realization of deployment to Afghanistan; 35:12 Preparation for Afghanistan; 36:44 Training for Afghanistan compared to training for Iraq; 37:52 Expectations prior to Afghanistan deployment; 40:12 Leave taken before going overseas; 40:55 Description of the day of second deployment; 42:26 Location of station in Afghanistan; 43:08 Description of rank held while in Afghanistan; 43:52 Description of responsibilities of rank; 45:06 Description of unit assigned to in Afghanistan; 45:18 Arrival in Afghanistan and initial impressions; 47:50 Description of work with MARSOC Marines; 49:22 Description of frequency of combat in Afghanistan; 50:47 Growing accustomed to frequent combat; 52:05 Casualties suffered by unit; 54:45 Duration of deployment in Afghanistan; 54:56 Experience of being medevacked after sustaining combat injury; 1:00:09 Description of time spent in hospital; 1:01:49 Communication with family after being medevacked; 1:02:47 Duration of treatment for injury; 1:03:16 Return to duty after injury; 1:04:51 Perspectives on Afghan drug trade; 1:07:36 Description of rewarding experiences in Afghanistan; 1:09:46 Date of return to United States; 1:09:55 Transition back to civilian life compared to previous transition; 1:10:52 Personal impact of 9/11; 1:14:18 Appreciation of time spent in the military; 1:15:17 Closing words; 1:15:27 End of interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Fairfax (Va.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

A Co. 1/30th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Location of Service

Iraq; Afghanistan

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation New Dawn


Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal


Served as an infantryman, a team leader and a squad leader.


Awarded Army Commendation Medal three times and Army Achievement Medal twice.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Grande, John

Interview Date

Fall 11-13-2017

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Holliday, Kenneth; 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


Grande, John

Length of Interview

76 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