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Oral history interview of Michael Richardson. Interview conducted by Jessie Oldham, accompanied by Tiffany Rivera, via Zoom in Orlando, Florida on February 17, 2021. Interview topics include family background and life before joining the service; choice to enlist; basic training and adjustment to military life; duties as a Petty Officer Third Class and special duties; injury during Navy SEAL training; experience of going to Haiti for earth quake relief in 2010; experience stationed in the gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and assisting in receipt of Osama bin Laden's body to be buried at sea in 2011; memory of 9/11; memorable experiences during service; life after service; grappling with PTSD and mental health after leaving the service; return to school and role of academia in recovery; work at veterans center on campus; reception in community after service; involvement in veterans’ community; application of military training and experience to civilian life; overall thoughts on military service experience; and closing remarks.

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Jessica Oldham

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RICHES University of Central Florida

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95:45 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

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UCF Community Veterans History Project

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