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Description

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.

Log

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

1983-07-31

Place of Birth

Fayetteville (N.C.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

2002-02-27

2014-06-29

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Kentucky National Guard

Location of Service

Korea

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSG

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Battle of Bagram Air Base

Medals

Combat Infantryman's Badge

Achievements

Please see video

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Fayetteville

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Napier, Walter

Interview Date

Spring 2-12-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida

Subjects

Bryant, Michael A.; 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

Napier, Walter

Length of Interview

82 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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