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  • Billy Cullins’ Photographs, Billy Cullins
    Images in this collection include photos taken by Cullins during his service in Iraq and tour in Bosnia, as well as an Operation Iraqi Freedom poster. 

  • Dustin Lewis’ Photographs, Dustin Lewis
    Images in this collection include photos from Lewis’ time at different training sites, Iraq, and home. 

  • Interview with Angel Enriquez, Angel Enriquez
    Angel Enriquez recounts his experiences serving in the Air Force. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Note: This interview contains explicit language. 

  • Interview with Caleb Miller, Caleb Miller
    In this interview, Caleb Miller discusses his service in the United States Marine Corps. He describes his work as a heavy equipment operator and his deployment with a Marine Expeditionary Unit. Miller mentions how his family was affected by his service and speaks to the distinct culture of West Texas.

  • Interview with Carl McCoy, Carl McCoy
    In this interview, Mr. McCoy shares his lengthy military career in the United States Marine Corps, Oklahoma Army National Guard, and United States Army. McCoy talks about his role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, military technology, and how being from Texas shaped his years of service.

  • Interview with Cynthia Tomes, Cynthia Tomes
    In this interview, Cynthia Tomes discusses her experiences as the spouse of one service member and the mother of three others. She recounts the family’s time overseas in Berlin, Germany, and briefly discusses the work of Family Readiness Groups (FRG).

  • Interview with Dylan Benavidez, Dylan Benavidez
    Mr. Benavidez recounts his time serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Interview with Emmanuel Pierre, Emmanuel Pierre
    Emmanuel Pierre from Haiti served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. In this interview, he recounts different aspects of his job servicing aircraft and emphasizes the importance of young men and women choosing to serve. 

  • Interview with Hope Long, Hope Long
    In this interview, Hope Long discusses her twenty plus years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Long talks about her experiences at boot camp, her role as a Morse code operator, and the opportunities afforded to her because of her military service.

  • Interview with Joseph Piña, Joseph Piña
    In this interview, Joseph Pina discusses his ongoing military service in the United States Army. He speaks to the challenges of serving, the technologies involved, and his experiences overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Interview with Mario Martinez, Mario J. Martinez
    In this interview, Mario Martinez discusses his service in the Army. He was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. The interview covers combat, his encounters with civilians, and the challenges he faced returning to civilian life.

  • Interview with Norma Beaver, Norma Beaver
    Ms. Beaver remembers growing up during World War II and also discusses the military service of her family members.

  • Interview with Robert Gomez, Robert Gomez
    In this interview, Robert Gomez discusses his service and success in the United States Marine Corps. Gomez talks about his role in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Restore Hope and emphasizes the strong sense of brotherhood he discovered in the USMC.

  • Interview with Sam Spooner, Sam Spooner
    Sam Spooner, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Commander of Sheppard Air Force Base, recounts his experiences in the armed forces. Having served for over 20 years, Spooner was also involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom before retiring to San Angelo. In this interview, he also discusses his impressions of the town and the West Texas region.

  • Interview with Sarah Brown, Sarah Brown
    In this interview, Sarah Brown talks about what it was like to be married to Wade, her ex-husband of twenty-three years, as he served in the United States Marine Corps and Coast Guard. She mentions her worries as he served overseas and at home and discusses the ways in which she coped with his absence.

  • Interview with Sean Godfrey, Sean Godfrey
    Sean Godfrey discusses his 22 year career in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Interview with Wayne Landis, Wayne Landis
    Mr. Landis describes his service and wounding while fighting in Iraq.

  • Iraqi Freedom Diary, Seth Spurgin
    This diary chronicles Seth Spurgin’s experiences in 2003 during the Iraq War. He also included a copy of The Soldier’s Psalm and a letter for readers.

  • Sam Spooner’s Challenge Coins, Sam Spooner
    This collection includes scans of five of Sam Spooner’s many challenge coins. Both sides are pictured. 

  • Seth Spurgin’s Photographs, Seth Spurgin
    Images in this collection include photographs taken by Spurgin during his service in Iraq. 


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