Student-Veteran Oral History Project


Katie Churchill Interview

Narrator Name

Katie Churchill

Streaming Media

Interviewer Name

Victoria Beck

Context for Interview

The interviewer is in a class that is studying how the experiences of the armed forces shapes the vets who are currently enrolled at USCA. The narrator volunteered for the interview.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview begins with the narrator’s early life. She grew up on farmland in Connecticut in the 1990’s. Her father has a background in the Navy. She graduated Enrico Fermi High school and joins the navy shortly after. After her 8 weeks of basic she trained to become a mechanic for the USS Nimitz and later USS John C. Stennis. Being one of two female mechanics on board she faced some discrimination. However, she wasn’t the type to give in and was able to prove her mechanic prowess were as good as the man on board. After her 6 year enlistment she returns to civilian life and enrolls in Trident Technical College in 2016. She transferred into USC Aiken in fall of 2018, with her farm-influenced love of horses being a factor in her choice of school. She is working to get her degree in nursing. After praises the VMSS for making her time as a student veteran on campus great; she heavily contributes her time in the navy as a major factor of her success at school. The interview then closes off with seeing herself being a successful nurse in the future who is still riding horses with a distant possibility of a child.

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Location of Interview


Duration of Interview

30 min

Date of Birth



Hartford, CT



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Navy, nuclear mechanic; USS Stennis; USS Nimitz

Theaters/Locations of Service

Middle East, Persian Gulf

Highest Rank Attained


Major Course of Study


Previous College/University Experience

Trident Technical College

Churchill Transcript.docx (34 kB)

Churchill Index.docx (39 kB)