Oral history interview of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Ramsey. Interview conducted by John Grande at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on January 23, 2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:26 Birth date and place; 0:35 Parent's occupation; 1:30 Size of family; 2:09 Education received; 3:19 Family in military; 4:06 Reason for joining the military; 5:13 Why he chose the Army; 7:56 Basic training; 9:45 Duration of basic training; 10:07 Memorable moments from basic training; 15:17 Location following basic training; 17:05 Day he became a commissioned officer; 18:14 Location after becoming a commissioned officer; 19:01 Culture shock in Germany; 20:39 Time in Germany; 20:49 Communicating with family; 21:40 Difference between being enlisted versus being an officer; 22:58 Active duty; 23:31 Being stationed in Alaska and traveling to Alaska; 27:00 Describes being attacked by a moose; 28:57 Duration of time in Alaska; 32:45 Deployment to Iraq; 34:58 Traveling from Mosul to Baghdad; 35:56 Describing why the Alaska team suited Baghdad; 36:51 Describing life in Mosul; 41:11 Describing surge in Baghdad; 43:59 Returning to the United States; 45:20 Outside influences triggering the order to leave Baghdad; 47:05 List of duty stations following Alaska; 48:05 Memorable moments throughout military career; 55:49 Describing assignment with UCF's ROTC; 58:15 Difference between working with UCF's ROTC and previous missions; 1:01:39 Advice and regrets; 1:06:49 Maintaining contact with soldiers from earlier missions; 1:07:25 Awards and honors; 1:07:39 Future plans in the Army; 1:09:20 Describing experience gained by entering as enlisted; 1:11:38 Advice on balance; 1:11:49 Closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Aransas Pass (Tex.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Artillery BTN; Infantry BTN; CAV Squadron; Infantry Brigade; Tech Escort; UCF ROTC
Location of Service
Parris Island (S.C.); De Nang (Vietnam)
Lieutenant Colonel; LTC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Presurge Iraq; Surge Iraq; Operation New Dawn
Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; GWOT Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
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Lieutenant Colonel Ramsey was enlisted first in May 1997, and later he was commissioned on May 27, 1999.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Ramsey, Michael; 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, "Ramsey, Michael interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 581.