Browse Interviews (213 total)

This interview provides a first hand account of the pre-service and military service record of Staff Sergeant Howard Denham. Denham explains his role in the Korean War as well as his general worldview and outlook on topics beyond the war. He also talks about the impacts the service had on him.

In this interview, Harold Broughton discusses his service in the Kentucky Army National Guard, beginning with his initial enlistment in 2002. He talks about the experiences he had while in basic training as well as job training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. We also covered the different experiences he had throughout his service including several…

Joe Bowman comments on his experiences in basic training and his deployment to Midway Island, where he repaired airplanes. Bowman also talks about his placement in Texas and Germany. In Germany, Mr. Bowman’s mission was transportation for high ranking officials and plane repair. He also talked about how the men would “play” battlefield for practice…

Penny Bowling-Messer served in the Army, from 1992-1998, first as a medic and later as an oral technician. Bowling-Messer describes her experience in the US Army, including the good times she had and the memories and friends made.

Christopher Martin Hickey discusses influences in his life and his reasons for choosing the military for his career. Hickey also comments on his multiple deployments and how he saw it affect the people around him. The interview ended with him considering the VTS 200 class’ question of if there should be a mandatory military or at least a National…

Josh Alexander shares details on his time in the military. He provides motivations for joining the United States Army, the training he received, and his early experiences in the Army before proceeding into his experiences from being deployed to the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Interview topics also include reintegration after his…

This interview covers Ken Dryer's reasons for joining the military, his experiences as a soldier at home and while deployed, and his response to several different areas of his time in the Army. Dryer moved a lot as a child but knew at an early age that he wanted to serve his country and add his name to a family history of soldiers. During his…

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In this interview, Guillermo Loaiza discusses why he joined and memories from Bootcamp. He also discusses the bases he has been to, the habits he picked up while serving, and his medical discharge and reintegration into civilian life. Loaiza wraps up his interview with comments on how medical treatments and military life impacts the family. He…

In this video interview, James B. Vires discusses his time in the United States Marine Corps. In particular, Vires comments on basic training, his deployment to the Middle East, and encountering Sadaam Husein's torture chambers in Abu Ghraib Prison. He also explains his feelings of being lost after discharge, details the benefits of spending more…

Timothy Gruber details his time in the United States Army. In particular, Gruber comments on his deployments to Iraq and Kuwait, being injured and awarded a Purple Heart, as well as coming home and dealing with PTSD. He also comments on being honorably discharged because on the complications he experienced with PTSD.
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