Lawrence Lopez, Salt Lake City, Utah: an interview by John C. Worsencroft, 2 March 2010

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Title Lawrence Lopez, Salt Lake City, Utah: an interview by John C. Worsencroft, 2 March 2010
Alternative Title No. 675 Lawrence Lopez
Creator Lopez, Lawrence, 1970-
Contributor Worsencroft, John C., 1981-
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Date 2010-03-02
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Date Digital 2015-07-08
Spatial Coverage Texas, United States, ; Kuwait, ; Iraq, ; Afghanistan, ; South Korea,
Subject Lopez, Lawrence, 1970- --Interviews; Veterans--Utah--Biography; Persian Gulf War, 1991--Veterans--United States--Biography; Persian Gulf War, 1991--Participation, American; Afghan War, 2001- --Veterans--United States--Biography; Afghan War, 2001- --Participation, American
Description Transcript (33 pages) of an interview by John C. Worsencroft with Gulf War and Afghan War veteran Lawrence Lopez on 2 March 2010. Part of the Iran and Afghanistan War Veterans oral history project, tape IA-33
Abstract Lawrence (b. 1970) decided to join the military in order to pay for school. He enlisted in the Army to become a tanker after talking with a recruiter and watching a recruitment video. He describes his training, what a shock it was, and how much he liked firing the tank. From basic training he went to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. In June 1990 he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. He talks about the staging process in Kuwait. Lawrence then describes the push into Iraq and the little fighting he saw. He describes the cease fire and the process of going home. On the way out of Iraq their tank was in an accident and Lawrence injured his shoulder. After having his shoulder fixed he was separated from his unit and had to find his way back. He reunited with his unit and a week later they returned to Fort Bliss.He describes getting home and the big homecoming his family held for him. He had 30 days leave and then, after talking with the retention NCO, decided to stay in. While in training he had an accident in which he lost a quarter of his shin. Because of his injury he had to reenlist and became a supplier en route to Korea. After his enlistment in Korea Lawrence went to the Colorado National Guard where he did supply. He then transferred to the Utah National Guard where he became the NBC specialist. He was then deployed to Afghanistan where he was able to travel all over providing support to teams. Lawrence talks about his long career in the military. He does not regret anything in his military career and talks about what he wants to do in the future. Project: Saving the Legacy. Interviewer: John Worsencroft.
Type Text
Genre oral histories (literary works)
Format application/pdf
Language eng
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Scanning Technician Niko Amaya; Halima Noor; Patrick Miller
Metadata Cataloger Daniel Patterson; Matt Brunsvik; Anna Neatrour; Ken Rockwell; Patrick Miller
Conversion Specifications Original scanned with Kirtas 2400 and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed TIFF. PDF generated by Adobe Acrobat Pro X for CONTENTdm display.
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Topic Veterans; Persian Gulf War (1991); Afghan War (2001-)
Setname uum_elc
Date Created 2015-11-10
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 840311
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