Student-Veteran Oral History Project

Narrator Name

Derek Boozer

Interviewer Name

Landon Thornton

Context for Interview

The narrator and interviewer are both USC Aiken students and know each other from a biology class.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview begins with the narrator’s childhood in Pennsylvania in the late 1980s and his family, high school, and attendance at Penn State Berks and Shippensburg University. The narrator dropped out to enlist in the Air Force, underwent basic training and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA to learn Urdu. The narrator was stationed in Texas and Hawaii. After leaving the Air Force, the narrator attended USC Aiken, majoring in biology and environmental remediation.

Location of Interview

RPSEC

Duration of Interview

23 minutes

Date of Birth

1989

Birthplace

Lancaster, PA

Gender

Male

Dates of Service

2011-17

Branch/Units of Service

Air Force; 392nd Intelligence Squadron

Theaters/Locations of Service

Hickam Air Force Base, HI

Major Course of Study

Biology

Previous College/University Experience

Penn State-Berks; Shippensburg University

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