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Oral history interview of Savanna Turner. Interview conducted by Jessica Oldham via Zoom on June 7, 2021. Interview topics include place and date of birth, family background, education growing up, life and work before enlistment, decision to enlist, training after boot camp, acclimating to military life, primary role and duties during active service, transition to reserve and reserve station, experiences at different stations, medals and awards, a memorable experience during active service, decision to transition into the reserve, experience of the transition from active to reserve duty, current reserve station: US Coast Guard Safety Detachment in Port Canaveral, Florida, experience of getting commissioned during COVID, what role as an Ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve entails, first thing she did after active service, memorable experience as a reservist, work in agriculture with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, impact of being a veteran on work in agriculture, Ph.D. work at the University of Florida, impact of role as a student veteran on life and involvement in the collegiate veterans community, impact of academic career on work in Florida agriculture, role as President of the University of Florida's Collegiate Veterans Society, involvement in the veterans community, involvement in the veterans community, and continued contact with those she served with while in active duty service.

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Jessica Oldham

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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.

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RICHES University of Central Florida

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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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