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Description

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.

Log

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

1978-11-09

Place of Birth

Aransas Pass (Tex.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Texas

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1997-05-22

2017-11-16

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

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)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Presurge Iraq; Surge Iraq; Operation New Dawn

Medals

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

Achievements

Please see video

Note

Lieutenant Colonel Ramsey was enlisted first in May 1997, and later he was commissioned on May 27, 1999.

City of Birth

Aransas Pass

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Grande, John

Interview Date

Spring 1-23-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida

Subjects

Ramsey, Michael; 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

Contributors

Grande, John

Length of Interview

72 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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