Interview with Bart Bauer, who served in the United States Navy from 1990 to 2014. He talks about his first tour, his deployment to Iraq, some of his experiences, and retirement.
Interview with Beaufort Buffkin, who served in the United States Army from 2010 to 2013. He talks about choosing Artillery, his job description, and his time in Afghanistan.
Maxey B. Carpenter
Interview with Maxey Carpenter, who served in the United States Army from 1987 to 2014. He talks about the Philippines, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq; 9/11; and his time as part of Special Forces.
Katie Margaret Goidich
Katie Goidich served in the Navy from 1997 to 2006 on active duty and from 2007 to 2012 in the Navy Reserve. After boot camp and her initial training period she was stationed at Navy Intelligence Operations Center (NIOC) Ft. Gordon, August, Georgia. From there she was sent on deployment to the fleet or to support units in Iraq. During her reserve commitment she was stationed at Navy Reserve NIOC (NR-NIOC) Augusta and NR-NIOC Denver. Both reserve units are designed to support the activities of the active-duty NIOCs during normal operations or "contingency" periods (when it's busier). She deployed twice to Iraq and went out to support fleet operations three times, but most of her career was spent working at her respective home units.
Larry Gordon Himes
Larry Himes served in the US Air Force and the Army National Guard. In this interview he talks about his deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ross Walker Holcomb
Ross Holcomb served for four years with the Marines. In this interview he talks about military life; his deployments in both Fallujah, Iraq and Goullistan, Afghanistan; and about life after the military.
Sorn Arthur Jessen
Sorn Jessen spent most of his time with the 513th Military Intelligence Battalion out of Fort Gordon, Georgia. He deployed with this unit to Camp Doha, Kuwait in September of 2002 and returned back with them in July 2003. Outside of this, until he left the Army in 2006, his time was spent in Augusta, Georgia.
Tony K. Lin
Tony Lin was stationed in Camp Pendleton, California; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Twentynine Palms, California. He was deployed five times: two Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployments and three deployments to Afghanistan. He was with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. These were both infantry units.
Interview with Adam McCaw, who served in the United States Army from 2005 to 2012. He talks about why he joined the military, where he served, some of his military experiences, and life after the military.
Interview with Craig Misajet, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012. He talks about why he enlisted, his experiences at basic training, being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and transitioning to civilian life.
Miles L. Netzer
Miles Netzer was mostly stationed out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California although he didn't spend much time there. He deployed several times to multiple theaters. His parent unit for the majority of his time in the military was VMGR-352, which was a Marine KC-130 squadron. Their planes conducted air-to-air refueling on helicopters and jets; ground refueling of helos and vehicles; aerial delivery of supplies, people, illumination and pretty much anything you can think to throw out the back of an airplane; and a whole lot of regular cargo transport. They flew with a crew of about five marines filling different positions. He was a Crew Chief responsible for all maintenance, inflight trouble shooting, and operation of several aircraft systems, among other things.
Tyler Ryan Preston
Tyler Preston served as an Aircrew Survival Equipmentman or "Parachute Rigger" and was stationed with many commands. His first assignment was with VFA-22 (fighter attack squadron) in Lemoore, California. His first deployment underway was on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. On September 11, 2001 he was two days out of Singapore. The entire ship stood still and watched the second plane hit live. He turned to people in his shop and said, "Best get ready, guys, we're going to war!" His carrier was the first one to deploy to Afghanistan. His squadron was the first to drop bombs with a combined total of over 600,000 pounds of ordnance. This all happened during his first three years. He ended up spending a total of a year and a half on the open sea, all on the same carrier. Ironically, the same carrier that started the fight was the same one to bury Osama Bin Laden ten years later.
Interview with Charlotte Schnase, who has served in the United States Army Reserves since 2003. She talks about why she joined the military, her job as a postal worker, her deployment to Afghanistan, balancing civilian and military life. Note that this record includes the audio portion of the first part of the interview only.
Mikaila Stinar deployed with E Co. 145th BSB attached to the 1-163rd Infantry Battalion. They were stationed at COB Adder and provided convoy security for supplies being transferred to various bases in Iraq. Her position was as a driver of an RG-333 MRAP and as a gunner for both a .50 caliber machine gun and a 240B. She went on around 45 different missions.
Michael L. Warner
Mike Warner served in the Marines and was attached to Bravo Company, 2nd tanks out of Camp Lejeune for most of his time in the military. He was later sent to Boise, Idaho to train Marine Reserves. He was deployed to Iraq from 2003 to the end of 2005. The unit he deployed with to Iraq was a M1A1 tank unit. Their mission was to support combat operations with heavy fire power. They cleared a large number of town and cities, including Fallujah. A tank unit is made up of about 18 tanks with full mechanic support. There are four crewmen per tank with about six crewmen and about 30 mechanics. You spend 90% of your time with your tank crew of four people.
Interview with Tylor Willis, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011. He talks about his experiences in the Philippines, Australia, and Afghanistan; injuries he sustained; and the process of leaving the Marines.
The oral history interviews included in this collection were conducted as part of a Journalism class project. The project focused on outreach to student veterans in an effort to engage them in the educational process at the University of Montana and to recognize their experiences as members of the military. It also provided a teaching and learning experience for students, who served as interviewers to prepare for and facilitate the oral histories. The project represents a valuable collaboration among the Mansfield Library, the UM Veterans Education and Transition Service (V.E.T.S), and the Missoula College. The project continues to provide the opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to learn about student veterans at the University of Montana and the experiences they bring with them as they enter academia.
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