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Oral History interview of Christopher Miller. Interview conducted by Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney at Seminole State College - Altamonte Springs, FL.


0:01-0:56 Childhood; 0:57-1:26 Reason for joining: 9/11; 1:27-1:43 View of military prior to 9/11; 1:44-2:17 Perfume/Cologne Business; 2:18-2:45 Parents Approval; 2:46-2:54 Joined to go into war; 2:55-4:54 Basic Training: foot injury; 4:55-6:02 First deployment in Iraq: Al Taqaddum, Habbaniyah, Ramadi; 6:03-6:39 View of Iraq prior to being there: went to save lives; 6:40-7:20 Prevent death by chemical warfare; 7:21-8:57 Massive desolation in Iraq; 8:58-10:26 The feeling of the soldiers going to Iraq; 10:27-12:10 Primary Job: Chemical Operations Specialist, Combat Engineer, NBC; 12:11-13:52 Communication with loved ones; 13:53-14:54 Day to day life; 14:55-16:38 Locals: Ramadi, locals liked the soldiers; 16:39-18:32 Soldier treatment of locals: not so good; 18:33-21:52 Accomplishments: rebuilding a school for girls; could not talk about most vivid memory; 21:53-23:44 First combat experience; 23:45-25:40 Fear: running out of supplies; 25:41-27:15 Injury: IEDs, brain damage; 27:16-29:23 After injury actions; 29:24-30:19 Coming home; 30:20-31:27 Adjusting to home life; 31:28-33:23 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Insomnia, New Years; 33:24-34:27 Got out of Iraq what he wanted; saved over 224 lives; 34:28-34:39 Government; 34:40-35:10 Presidential Administrations; 35:11-38:46 News Media: Soldier Behavior; 38:47-39:18 Orphaned children; 39:19-40:22 How Iraq change him: more cynical; 40:23-41:28 Misconceptions about the war; 41:29-44:15 U.S. involvement in Iraq; Afghanistan; 44:16-44:49 What he would like to see happen in Iraq; 44:50-46:24 Weapons of mass destruction; 46:25-47:29 What happens to the chemical bombs found; 47:30-50:20 Close to death experiences.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cape Canaveral (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Audio; Sound


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

72nd Engineer Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

Location of Service

Baqubah (Iraq); Ramadi (Iraq); Mosul (Iraq)

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Battle of Scania; Battle of Baqubah; Battle of Ramadi; Battle of Mosul


Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal


Successfully brought all of my troops home alive in two deployments.; Saved the lives of 207 soldiers and 34 civilian local national interpreters during a classified event in 2007.


Managed the day to day operations of more than 700 Soldiers as a Tactical Operations NCO.; Served with distinction during several classified events; Suffered a brain injury as a result of blast damage during last deployment, and am no no longer a member of the Army. Since then, have done remarkably well, according to my many doctors, in regenerating thought pathways, and stimulating regenerative growth in the brain to overcome the effects of these injuries by forcing myself to confront the blocks by re-attending school classes. My improvement level has been far above what was expected of me, and I am happy to share that.

City of Birth

Cape Canaveral

Country of Birth

United States


Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Seminole State College - Altamonte Springs, FL.


Miller, Christopher L.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; 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


Rodriguez, Natalie; Guincho, Courtney

Length of Interview

51 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type