Browse Interviews (213 total)

Dylan Adams discusses his time in the United States Coast Guard. In particular, Adams comments on his training, the involved travel, and his assignments in both Iowa and Maryland.

Brandon Self recounts his time in the Marine Corps. In particular, Self details his reasons for enlisting in the Marines, his service in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, the brotherhood that is attached to serving, and he shares his reflections on his time in the service.

Dan Gros recounts his time in the United States Army. In particular, Gros comments on his experiences during basic training, his deployment to Somalia, and his role as a Sergeant. He also discusses the good and bad that came from his service and the comforts of home that he missed most.

Dan Edwards discusses his time in the United States Air Force. In particular, he comments on his time during basic training, his deployment during the Vietnam War, and the racism he witnessed during his service. He also details the skills he picked up that help him perform well under pressure, and, explains his reluctancy to join groups like the…

Tim Anderson discusses his time in the United States Army, and his life afterwards. In particular, Anderson comments on basic training and being deployed to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. He also discusses his education after the Army, his path to becoming a teacher, teaching high school, and his use of military styled classes.

Seth Vaught discusses his time in the United States Marine Corps. In particular, Vaught comments on his reasons for enlisting, his position as a nuclear instructor, and his experiences while being stationed in Japan.

Ramon Branchcomb discusses his time in the United States Army. In particular, he comments on his time in basic training and his resulting service.

Jason David details his time in the United States Air Force. In particular, David comments on his time in basic training, and the differences in service during the pre and post 9/11 eras. He also discusses the difficulties of staying in touch with family before technology innovations of the mid-2000s.

Christopher Rechtin details his time in the United States Army and his return to civilian life. In particular, Rechtin comments on his choice to enlist, his time during basic training, and his feelings before deployment. He also shares his experiences during his deployment to Iraq, and comments on how the war changed him. He also discusses his easy…

Keith Dinsmore discusses his time in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In particular, he comments on his being drafted, his time in basic training, and the politics of war.

Shannon Memminger discusses his career in the United States Army. In particular, Memminger comments on his choice to enlist, and his experiences and observations within the confines of race, gender and culture. He also shares his thoughts on the military industral complex and how the military has become more like a business.

Michael Williams details his time in the United States Navy. In particular, Williams discusses his upbringing, his decision to join the Navy, his transition into basic training, and his combat experiences. He also discusses reintergation into cilvilan life and shares his advice for people who are getting ready to retire from the service.

Michael Navalta Jr. recounts his time in the United States Army. In particular, Navalta comments on his specialized education, infantry training, and pushing his limits. He also discusses his deployments, the dangers that came with them, SERE training, and the medals he was awarded.

Terry L. Spurlock discusses his time in the United States Navy. In particular, Spurlock comments on his choice to enlist in the Navy rather than be drafted into the Army. He also shares stories from his time in boot camp and his travels to the Philipines and Vietnam.

Dylyn Daughtry discusses his military service in the United States Army. In particular, Daughtry comments on his time in basic training, his deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan, the cultural differences of the people he met, the difficulties of staying in touch with family, and entertainment during his deployments. He also discusses being injured…

Jack L. Tackett details his time in the Marine Corps duing the Vietnam War. In particular, Tackett comments on his expereinces while being attached to the First Reconnaissance Marines as a radio man. He also discusses the fifteen patrols he went on during the war.

Brian Sheets details his time in the United States Army. In particular, Sheets details his enlistment, his time in basic training, and his deployment to Afghanistan. He also comments on his mental health struggles during and after enlistment, while also sharing his views on the PTSD crisis that many soliders grapple with after service.

Joe Jenkins recounts his time in the United States Army. In particular, Jenkins recounts his time as a Staff Sergeant, basic training, his deployment to Iraq, his work with interpreters, and the hardships of combat. He also discussed his reentry into clivilian life, and his thoughts on people who are currently joining the military.

George N. Ausby details his time in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In particular, he comments on the process of being drafted, his training to become an engineer, race relations during the Vietnam War, and the hardships of being in a jungle combat zone. He also discusses his return home, the reception he received, and how he found a…

Myles Ray Cope discusses his thoughts on the military. In particular, he comments on the benefits of military service, the potenial career applications of military experiences, post service struggles with mental illness, and his views on complusory service for those who are seeking U.S. Citizenship.

Crystal Benbow discusses her time in the United States Army and her reintergration back into cilvilan life. In particular, Benbow comments on her reasons for enlisting, her experiences in basic training, and her deployment to Iraq. She also explains how the G.I. Bill helped her become a nurse, and she details how her military service has helped her…

James Barnhill discusses his time in the United States Army during the Cold War. In particular, he comments on his being stationed in Germany, the things he loved about living there, the types of cars, the food he enjoyed, and the pressures of being in the Army. He also details what he believes cilivians should know about military life.

Jim Distler discusses his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. In particular, Distler details his experiences during basic training, his reasons for enlisting, his occupation as a radio operator, and his life after the service. He also gives his opinions on the military and civilian life after enlistment.

Micheal C. Roy details his time in the United States Naval Reserves duing the Vietnam War. In particular, Roy covers his reasons for joining the Navy, being stationed on a WWII destroyer and the state the ship was in upon arriving, being an engineer on the USS Kitty Hawk, as well as being in he Gulf of Tonkin during the conflict. Roy also discusses…

Will Aubrey discusses his time in the Kentucky National Guard. In particular, Aubrey traces his journey to enlistment after a knee injury, his reasons for joining, his deployment experiences, the comforts of home he missed while deployed, and his feelings on being in country.

Martin Baumgardner recounts his time with the National Guard. In particular, Baumgardner comments on the difficulties of being away from family, his choice in the National Guard, the high expectations of his leaders, being a member of Airborne, his position as a combat engineer, and his transition back into civilian life after the service.

Dennis Ellinger details his time in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. In particular, Ellinger comments on his life before his enlistment, why he chose to enlist rather than face being drafted, his resulting deployment to Vietnam, his combat experiences, and being wounded. He also discusses what his life was like after the war and his reflections on…

Jeffery Beaty recounts his service in the Army. In particular, Beaty recounts his early life, leaving home at eighteen, the culture shock of basic training, and life during his deployment.

Matthew Hodge discusses his time in the United States Navy. He comments on his childhood, enlisting in the Military to stay out of trouble, and choosing the Navy because of family. He also discusses being stationed in Conneticut, what is was like to be a machinist on a submarine, his deployment to the Persian Gulf, and his transtion back into…

Robert Lee Quisenberry details his time in the Air Force. In particular, Quisenberry details his childhood, enlisting in the military, his training, being stationed across the world but not facing combat, his cilvilian life, and his experiences with Veteran Affairs.

Roger E. Kirby discusses his childhood and his service in the Navy during the Vietnam War. In particular, he comments on growing up on a dairy farm, being raised by his father and extended family, the role the Navy played in Vietnam, and his duties and assignments. Kirby also adds his thoughts on public reactions to soldiers returning from the war,…

Timothy J. Gaffney Jr. recounts his time in the Air National Guard. In particular, Gaffney comments on his enlistment path, basic training in Texas, and his job in fire protection. He also detilas the rigours of training continuously, the travel that came with it, as well as his reasons for re-enlisting. He also covers the effects his service has…

Michael Weir discusses his service in the United States Navy. In particular, Weir comments on continuing the family tradition of Naval service, his time in basic training, being away from his family, his positions as a corpsman and a resuce swimmer, and the cultural differences he experienced with each deployment.

SFC Rebecca E. Wood discusses her career in both the Army Reserves and National Guard. In particular, Wood details her decision to enlist at seventeen, being bullied out of joining the AIr Force, being offered a nursing position in the Navy, and her eventual decision to join the Army instead. Wood also commments on Basic Training in South Carolina,…

Joe Kerns recounts his time in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War Topics include his trainings and MOS, his treatment when he returned home, and his regret of not re-enlisting.

Jimmy Thanh Doan details his time in United States Marine Corps. In particular, Doan comments on being a first generation immigrant, his parent's reaction to his enlistment, his time in basic training, and how he developed a service oriented mindset to adapt.

Patrica Stevens recounts her time in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman. In particular, Stevens comments on her time in basic training, her first impressions of the Naval base in Whidbey Island, Washington, and what it was like to participate in the revovery effort after the San Francisco Earthquake in 1990.

Eugene R. Price discusses his career as a non-combat Veteran in the Untied States Coast Guard. In particular, Price comments on his decision to enlist in the Coast Guard, the hardships behind search and rescue, and some memories from his time in the service.

Blake Lawhorn discusses his time in the Army, the misconceptions people have of basic training, and the importance of having a "battle buddy".

Courtney Johnson discusses her service in the Army, why she enlisted, and what is was like to be a woman in the military. She details how the drill instructors were younger than her, the lack of privacy in the barracks, her work in the chemical unit, her promotion to an Operations Officer, her being stationed in Alaska, where she struggled with…

Hershel W. Williams recounts his childhood and his time in the Marines during World War II. In particular, Williams comments on his childhood on a dairy farm, the events leading up to his enlistment in the Marines, basic training at Parris Island, and what it's like to being a rifleman while wrestling with the reality of killing. He also details…

John Plecity Sr. shares stories from his service during World War II. In particular, Plecity discusses joining the war in 1943, why he choose the Army Air Corps, his military training, and how it was luck that he was sent to Germany rather than Japan. He recounts his time on reconnaissance missions, the struggles of fighting in the desert, his…

Lester Baker discusses his childhood, and his time in the Navy. In particular, he details his responsiblities while enlisted, going to A school, and the places he was stationed.

Baxter Mallory details his life in the Army and the work he does with helping Veterans transition. In particular, Mallory details his time in the 82nd Airborne, breaking his ankle, and how his personality changed after enlistment. He also discusses his ideas for helping returning service people heal from their mental and physical battle scars.

Nicole Keller details her time in the United States Navy. In particular, she discusses her decison to enlist on a whim, her reasons for choosing the Navy, her experiences in boot camp, the countries,she visted, and life on a naval vessel. She also discusses her decison to leave service for the sake of her son and her use of the GI Bill to get her…

LTC Brian Sweeney recounts his impressive career in the United State Army. In particular, Sweeney comments on his Special Forces training and breaking his ankle at Ft. Benning, which led to a switch to the Infantry. He also comments on not being picked for Delta Forces, training ROTC students at University of Kentucky, and being deployed to Bosnia…

Joseph Meyers recounts his decision to enlist, his time in basic training, and his deployment to Iraq. He discusses his drill instructors and thier teaching methods, his job as an engineer, creating boobytraps, being deplpoyed to Iraq, and running convoy operations. He explains the pain of losing a fellow solider and the impact it had on him.…

Jamie Peerce details his time in the Marine Corps. while being stationed in Panama. Peerce also comments on how the military helped him become a better police officer once he left service.

Don Rogers discusses his time in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He details his travels, his job as a naval fireman, his experiences returning home after the war, and his career at an Army Weapons Depot.

SFC Raney Wiseman details his career in the United States Army, and his varied assignments throughout his time in the service. In particular, Wiseman comments on his deployments to Iraq during Operation New Dawn, as well as his work with border control agents and other interdepartmental organzations like the State Police and ATF. He also discusses…
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