Oral history interview of Mr. Michael A. Bryant. Interview conducted by Walter Napier at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on 02/12/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:35 Place of birth/date of birth; 0:42 Family; 1:19 Education; 2:22 Family military service; 2:50 Employment before joining service; 3:43 Enlisting in the Army; 6:28 Basic training; 8:45 Dragon school; 10:35 Time at Fort Hood, TX; 11:46 Being assigned to 25th ID Hawaii; 15:19 Field training; 17:30 Learning of the Iraq Invasion; 19:00 Training in Ft. Sill, OK; 20:21 Invasion of Iraq; 22:25 Geraldo Rivera interaction in Iraq; 24:35 Impressions of Iraq and the people; 27:46 Typical day in Iraq; 28:58 Conducting foot patrols; 30:05 Most memorable experience during invasion; 30:31 Combat experience in Iraq; 30:56 Returning home; 31:40 Break in service; 33:19 The National Guard compared to Active Duty; 36:07 Learning about second deployment; 37:20 Training at Ft. Dix, NJ; 43:16 Second deployment to Iraq; 44:07 Comparing the first to second deployments; 49:43 Difficulties in returning home; 51:10 Military schools and career path change; 54:39 Training for Afghanistan; 57:35 Deployment to Afghanistan; 1:04:33 Attack on Bagram; 1:06:52 Returning home; 1:08:50 African deployment; 1:10:54 Noticing health issues; 1:15:26 The warrior transition program; 1:17:02 Getting out of the military; 1:19:06 Transition into social work; 1:21:15 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Kentucky National Guard
Location of Service
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Bagram Air Base
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Please see video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Bryant, Michael A.; 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, "Bryant, Michael Andrew interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 583.