Student-Veteran Oral History Project

Narrator Name

Cruz Emery

Interviewer Name

Sarah Bickford

Context for Interview

The interview was a part of an assignment for the English 468 Studies in Writing/Oral History class. The assignment was focused on interviewing veterans to see how they adjusted to being a civilian in school again.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview started with Emery describing his childhood and his choice to go to college before joining the military. After two years and a ruined GPA, Emery decided to join the military. His time in the military was not what he expected it to be, and though he met his wife and enjoyed his work, there were too many mix-ups and inconveniences to make him stay beyond his required five years. After getting out Emery worked with a wonderful company, traveling around replacing mechanical components. After his wife got pregnant, they decided that he would quit that job and they would move closer to her family in Georgia. Now they both attend college and work part time to support themselves and their daughter.

Location of Interview

RPSEC

Duration of Interview

1 hour, 5 minutes

Date of Birth

1989

Birthplace

Sayre, PA

Gender

M

Dates of Service

2010-2015

Branch/Units of Service

Navy, Aviation Technician; USS Stennis

Theaters/Locations of Service

Lemoore NAS, OEF/OIF

Highest Rank Attained

E-5

Major Course of Study

Business/Accounting

Previous College/University Experience

Cayuga Community College (NY), Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY), Midlands Technical College, Georgia Military College

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