Scott Cohen Interview, November 15, 2020


Scott Cohen


Stephan Cardella



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Scott Cohen describes growing up in New York City and what prompted him to join the U.S. Navy in 1999. He discusses basic training at Great Lakes, Michigan, noting that it was the easiest part of his military career. Cohen talks about his military occupational specialty as a journalist and getting assigned to an American Forces Network station near Tokyo. He recalls the transition to combat camera command which included Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape [SERE] training and Desert Survival Training. Cohen describes the duties and expectations of serving in a public affairs command and what his deployment in Afghanistan was like. He also talks about meeting Afghan heads of state and cabinet members, including Hamid Karzai, during his time in the Navy.

The interviewee’s full date of birth and birth place have been redacted from the audio and transcript.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Military; U.S. Navy; Military veterans; War veterans; Basic training; Military occupational specialty [MOS]; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape [SERE] training; Desert Survival Training; Combat camera command; Public affairs command; Propaganda; Military propaganda; Journalism; Karzai, Hamid

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Brooklyn, New York; Afghanistan; Tokyo, Japan; Great Lakes (Mich.)



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 472-034

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:40:35): digital + 1 transcript (12 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:40:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_034.mp3; OH_472_034.pdf

Scott Cohen Interview, November 15, 2020