Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Michael Acevedo. Interview conducted by Chalfat, Austin at Valencia Community College.


0:38 Describes birth and early life; 0:56 Chooses army, gets in delayed entry program; 1:15 Families military lineage; 1:40 Reasons for enlisting; 4:13 Basic Training; 6:12 Describes 9/11; 8:08 Gets orders to go to Japan; 9:47 Describes working with the Japanese Army; 11:00 Transition from Japan to Germany; 13:24 Describes life in Germany; 15:01 Tells us about being in the Army Band; 15:59 Describes Army Soldier Show; 17:28 Describes becoming an Honorary Blackhawk with the 1st Armored Division; 18:08 Sings at army birthday ball in Washington, D.C.; 19:05 Tells us about returning home; 21:45 Describes meeting horrible people in the military; 23:24 Tells us views of military, after serving; 26:04 Describes changes in military; 27:09 Tells us about the injuries he received during training; 28:26 Describes 'the box'; 29:27 Tells us about being the main MC for festivities in Japan; 30:30 Tells us about Japanese culture; 34:06 Describe issues with racist officers; 35:25 Describes working with the NBC officers; 37:23 Tells us about the military experience; 40:09 Tells us about changes we need to make for veterans; 41:22 Describes problems veterans face when coming home; 44:30 Tells us about plans he's enacting make Valencia more veteran friendly; 45:01 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Bronx (N.Y.)




White - Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

USARJ (United States Army Japan, Camp Zama Japan), 9th Theater Support Command (Camp Zama, Japan). 1st Armored Division (Wiesbaden, Germany). USAREUR Band and Chorus (Heidelberg and Schwetzingen, Germany). United States Army Europe Headquarters, Public Affairs Office (Heidelberg, Germany).

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal


Special Duty Singer with Army Soldier Show and U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus. Toured Europe, Asia, and the USA; Honorary Blackhawk with 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry (aka 1/1 Cav); Second Place Commercial Spot in Europe (TV Spot); CBRN( Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Team, Camp Zama, Japan


Hurt my knee, shoulders, foot, and had double hernia during my time in. Had surgery on knee and also for hernia.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Chalfat, Austin

Interview Date

Spring 3-14-2012

Location of Interview

Valencia Community College


Acevedo, Michael A.; 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


Chalfat, Austin

Length of Interview

46 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type