Oral History interview of Wayne Bowen. Interview conducted by Sharon Rodriguez at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 1:05 Childhood and family; 1:48 Education; 2:30 Preparation for commissioning; 3:50 Becoming a reservist; 5:05 Job in 416th Civil Affairs Battalion; 5:35 Assignment: Camp Freedom; 6:40 A typical day in the Army; 9:15 Interacting with student groups; 9:45 Experiencing Iraqi culture and conditions; 11:00 Communicating home; 11:20 Deciding not to take leave; 12:00 Combat in Iraq; 12:55 Most memorable experience in Iraq: March Madness in Iraq; 14:20 Memorable experience: Death of a coworker; 15:20 Perks of the job; 16:20 ISIS attacks on archaeological sites; 16:50 Time in Bosnia-Psychological Operations; 19:00 Dealing with mines; 20:00 First impression of Bosnia; 21:35 Leave in Bosnia/ Weekend pass to Zagreb; 22:10 Most memorable experience in Bosnia; 23:45 Dynamic with active duty personnel; 25:25 Keeping safe in Bosnia; 26:00 Most memorable experience in service- Tour in Iraq; 27:30 Time spent off duty; 28:55 What it's like to be a reservist; 29:45 Life as a historian and a serviceman; 32:04 Veterans Groups; 33:26 Additional information about service; 33:45 Losing friends in Iraq; 37:25 Talking about his book- Undoing Saddam.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Multiple Army Reserve units over 27+ year ongoing career. In Iraq, 416th Civil Affairs Battalion (December 2003-October 2004).
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; NATO Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge
Team Chief for Higher Education and Antiquities in Northern Iraq, 2004.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Bowen, Wayne; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Bowen, Wayne interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 576.