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Oral History interview of Mark Green. Interview conducted by Alex Teplitz at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.


0:01 Introduction; 0:31 Background information; 0:42 Parents' occupation; 1:12 Family; 1:54 Childhood; 4:22 Education and high school; 6:27 Family members in service; 7:14 Reason and influence to enlist, life after school before military; 10:04 Experience with the recruitment process; 11:43 Examination for the military; 13:19 Basic Training; 1:49 Expectations of the Army; 17:05 Taekwondo; 17:58 Taekwondo's importance in preparing for basic training; 19:46 Mr. Green's drill sergeant; 21:45 Memories from basic training; 23:25 Graduation from basic training; 25:00 Feelings at the end of basic training; 26:10 Advanced Training; 28:35 List of assignments following completion of advanced training; 31:55 Officer Candidate School; 37:23 Pre-deployment training; 40:30 Deployment to Afghanistan; 41:12 Reactions and experiences to Afghanistan; 42:46 Communication to home; 44:31 Duties as Inspector General; 47:54 Routine day in Afghanistan; 49:47 Memories from Afghanistan; 52:27 Command General Staff College; 54:15 Injury from service; 56:08 Returning home from Afghanistan; 57:58 Command General Staff College pt. 2; 1:00:37 Taekwondo with the 82nd Airborne; 1:03:47 Leisure time in the military; 1:05:23 Humorous memories from the military; 1:08:28 First experience of jumping out of an airplane; 1:10:33 Last day of service and transition into civilian life; 1:14:52 Medals and Citations; 1:16:08 Effects of training and service on return to civilian life; 1:18:31 Things that would have been done differently given a second chance; 1:20:16 Final thoughts; 1:23:15 Summary of recently published book.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Moberly (Mo.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

82nd Airborne Division; 782nd Maintenance Company, 618th Light Engineers; National Guard; Army Reserve

Location of Service

Fort Dix (N. J.); Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Fort Benning (Ga.); Fort Bragg (N.C.); Fort Leavenworth (KS); Mountain View (Calif.); Orlando (Fla.); Fort Gilliam (Ga.)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; French Airborne Badge; Meritorious Unit Citation; Army Lapel Pin; De Fleury Medal


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Medal details: Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, and National Defense Medal with Bronze Star.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Teplitz, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 11-20-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Green, Mark; 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


Teplitz, Alex

Length of Interview

85 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