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Rebecca Gronewold , Interviewed by Tylor Fehrenbacker, 2016
Name of person(s) interviewed: Rebecca Gronewold
Researcher: Tylor Fehrenbacker
Date of interview: May 2016
Location of interview: Pendleton, Oregon
Length of interview: 13:04
Time and Contents
Inventory of Interview
0:00-0:37 Introduction of interview. I tell viewers where she served and what division of the military she served in. I also describe why the video is being taken and who I am interviewing and where it is taking place.
0:38-1:02 Discusses how she entered the military as part of an ROTC program she was awarded in high school. She then went the University of Central Arkansas for four and a half years and studied nursing. She was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the army.
1:03-1:43 Discuss her first years of service in the military. She was stationed in Texas to undergo officer basic training where she learned necessary skills in becoming an Army Officer. She was then sent to Fort Sill Oklahoma to work as an OB nurse delivering babies for Army personnel and Army wives. She then helped take care of the babies after birth.
1:44-2:37 We talk about all the places she was stationed including Iraq, Germany, Italy, Hawaii, and Fort Sill Oklahoma. When she was in Iraq, she continued work as an OB nurse and delivered babies in a hospital there. When she was stationed in Germany, she treated soldiers with minor injuries such as cuts and bruises and back pain. She then worked in Italy as head of her own OB nursing wing and was in charge of running all the tasks that are involved with being in charge of a hospital ward. She returned to Pendleton Oregon with her husband and served in the National Guard out of Salem for three years and began working in pediatrics.
2:38-4:09 We discuss her service and her job tasks as both a OB nurse and a field
medical nurse in Iraq. She describes what her duties were and common cases she saw while working in Iraq.
4:10-4:50 I ask how she kept in touch with her family during her service and she explains that it was pretty easy with phone and email and she was able to contact them regularly. She then also explains how she met her husband in the service and how she married him once they got out of the military.
4:51-5:18 we talk about any medals or awards she received.
5:19-6:08 we talk about the stresses and pressure she saw while in her service and what was difficult about her job. We also talk about how she was getting indirect fire from outside and inside of the base while she was in Iraq treating patients.
6:09-7:02 I ask if she always had the supplies needed to complete her job while she was deployed in Iraq and she explains about the life there and what it was like as well as what kind of facilities they were provided.
7:03-7:52 her most memorable experience of her military service.
7:53-8:29 how she handled pressure during her service, especially during deployment in Iraq and what she did to relieve stress. What were her methods of dealing with loss and who helped her deal with that loss and stress. Also, how she stayed in touch with these friends and battle buddies during and after her service.
8:30-9:20 we talk about the final days of her service. Her ROTC contract extended for eight years of active duty and she was beginning to start a family with her now husband and felt it would be best to leave the military at this point. She then talks about why she liked active duty more than the National Guard which she joined after she came back home from duty.
9:21-10:19 we talk about what she did after her service ended.
10:20-11:38 we discuss her veteran’s organization called Quilts of Valor that brings quilts to retired veterans, specifically of World War II and Vietnam who have suffered any loss or trauma from war. They also bring veterans on a tour of the capital and let them see the sites and memorials. She is the Oregon State Assistant Coordinator and believes it’s a great way to show thanks and give back to those veterans.
11:39-12:25 we discuss how her military experiences affected her life afterwards and how she views war now and if it has changed because of her experiences.
12:26-13:03 closing statement on how the military effected her life afterwards and what she got out of her experiences in the military and what she learned. Gives some great advice about not letting the little things bother you and just living with what you’re given.
Ms. Rebecca Gronewold