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Oral history interview of Eric Autery. Interview conducted by Jackie Huss in Orlando, FL on Zoom on February 11, 2021. Interview topics include family background, impact of citrus farming growing up, basic training, advanced training, his reaction to 9/11, deployment to Uzbekistan, description of fuel pipeline, deployment to Afghanistan, differences between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, interesting plant life overseas, building of a pipeline from Kuwait to Baghdad, mental toll of being in the army, joining the Air Force, struggles with PTSD, joining the Army Reserves, wanting to make a farm, becoming involved with the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program, description of his work with the agricultural department of UF, description of his farm, the morals of his farm, his favorite crop to grow, and life lessons.

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Video; MovingImage


Jacqueline Huss

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Location of Interview

Via Zoom

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

Length of Interview

72 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

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