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Oral History interview of Michael Sanderson. Interview conducted by San Juan, Jessica and Jackson, Sarah at University of Central Florida Library.


0:04 Name; 0:08 Date of Birth, Place of Birth; 0:14 Activity prior to service; 0:20 Family Members in the service; 0:35 Reasons for entering the service; 0:51 Reasons for choosing the army, and military police; 1:15 Specialized training: Driving, sniping, entry; 1:40 Adaptation to military life; 2:07 Wars Served in: Operational Iraqi Freedom (served twice); 2:25 Long-lasting friendships formed during service; 2:44 Lack of effective communication with friends and family at home; 3:15 Emotions relating to combat casualties: anger, irritation; 4:13 Training on culture of Iraq; 5:00 Stationed at: Baghdad the first tour, By Karbala the second tour, Germany; 5:20 Sent to Virginia after being hurt; 5:24 Difference between Baghdad and Karbala; 6:12 Years in Iraq: 2 years; 6:23 Differences between Iraq and the United States; 6:50 Use of war video games to calm down; 7:08 What was learned about Iraq while there; 7:38 Most interesting thing that was seen in Iraq: Background of Saddam; 8:35 What was missed most about the U.S.: being able to drive for pleasure; 8:56 What is missed most about Iraq: the job, the company; 9:19 Job in Iraq: raid unit, military police officers, teaching Iraqi police; 10:55 Openness of Iraqi police to being taught; 11:37 Treatment by Iraqi civilians; 12:51 Opinion on Iraqi civilians, Description of them; 14:04 Free time activities: working out, working on truck; 14:34 Driver of the truck; 15:28 Dislikes about Iraq: getting shot at, lack of freedom, the rainy season; 16:56 Happiest Memory in Iraq: getting promoted, award for valor; 17:38 Humor and jokes between soldiers; 18:34 Effects of combat experiences: divorced twice, alcoholism; emotionally unavailable; 20:09 Misconceptions on the war in Iraq; 21:02 Opinion on prevention of the war; 22:20 Opinion on anti-war protests; 23:30 What they would have changed about their experience in Iraq; 24:12 Details of injury and that mission; 27:52 Visitors to the zones; 29:04 What was most different after returning – daily schedule; 29:51 Time it took to transition back to civilian life; 30:29 Difficulty with emotions; 32:02 What happened after the medical discharge; 33:01 Family's reaction; 33:30 Keeping in contact with service friends; 34:05 Opinion on announcement of the end of the war by the end of the year; 36:07 What he would like someone to take from this interview; 37:44 Thanking him and concluding the interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

B Company, 787th Military Police Battalion; 92nd Military Police Battalion; 127th Military Police Company; 221st Military Police Detachment

Location of Service

Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); Germany; Baghdad (Iraq); Karbala (Iraq); Fort Story (Va.)

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)




See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


San Juan, Jessica; Jackson, Sarah

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library


Sanderson, Michael T.; 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


San Juan, Jessica; Jackson, Sarah

Length of Interview

38 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