Oral History interview of Jeffrey Schaefer. Interview conducted by Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie at University of Central Florida.
0:01 Introduction; 0:40 Biographical information; 1:03 Life before service; 1:28 Reasons for joining the service; 2:05 Reasons in choosing the army; 3:08 Life before boot camp; 3:50 Military training; 6:07 Military life; 7:03 Description of wartime service in Latifiya, Iraq; 8:00 Description of action seen in Triangle of Death; 8:08 Infantry assignment; 8:47 Enemy tactics; 10:03 Emotions about the first death witnessed; 11:13 This was not an occupying duty, this was war; 11:45 Discusses Saddam's rule and American occupation; 12:05 War in 2005 was against radical not Iraqis; 12:38 The dumping of bodies in canals; 13:41 Reality of being in conflict; 14:20 Reflecting on American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan; 15:15 Stopping the spread of radicalism as a noble concept and justification; 16:03 Why American invaded Iraq; 16:39 Should the US be in Iraq; 17:48 Real threat lies in organized radical groups; 18:10 Coming home reception; 18:53 Feeling on anti-war protestors; 19:45 How the US should deal with Iraq; 20:26 The need to defeat the enemy, not create more martyrs; 20:56 How the wartime experience affected his views on the Middle East; 21:44 His need to learn more about the enemy; 22:04 Middle East is not advancing. Still stuck in the 6th and 7th centuries; 22:58 Clerics run the Middle East; 23:33 Discusses the systems of the Middle East; 24:47 Lessons learned from Iraq. Higher value placed on life; 26:29 Conflicts made him feel alive; 28:37 Conclusion of the interviewer's questions; 28:46 Interviewee's final remarks. Discusses his part in a bigger cause; 30:15 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Fort Knox (Ky.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Wartour: Bravo Company, 108th Armor Battalion, 48th Infantry Combat Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Staff Sergeant; SSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) III; Battle of Fallujah
See video for details.
Participated the three battles of Fallujah.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie
Location of Interview
University of Central FL.
Schaefer, Jeffrey A.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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
Menkeri, Zainab; Proietti, Stephanie
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Schaefer, Jeffrey Allen interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 83.