Iraq War veterans to share memories

Veterans Remember the Iraq War

Tarleton State University

Monday, October 21, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Three military veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Second Iraq War (2003-11), will share their memories with the public at Tarleton State University at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The free event will take place in room 113 of the Autry Agriculture Building on the Stephenville campus.

Operation Iraqi Freedom began with an invasion of Iraq by American and allied forces in spring 2003. The conflict passed into a second phase in which an insurgency arose to oppose the occupying forces as well as a newly formed national government. American forces withdrew from the country in December 2011, although insurgents continued to oppose the Iraqi government. Nearly 4,500 Americans lost their lives in the conflict, while the Associated Press estimated that over 100,000 people in the country lost their lives violently.

All three veterans scheduled to speak experienced duties in Iraq during the operation. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Watson served in Iraq in 2010-11, where he participated in clearing routes of travel of improved explosive devices (IED) and working in collaboration with military intelligence against IED networks. Master Sgt. Ron Corella was deployed to Iraq three times, where he served on army mortar units. Maj. Ted Roberts (ret.), served on two deployments to Iraq, where he commanded a unit engaged in removal of improvised explosive devices. Each of these veterans had his own unique experiences.

This program will give students and the public the opportunity to hear first-hand remembrances of American involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the close of the program, audience members will be able to ask the veterans questions about their participation in the conflict.

The event is collaboration among the Department of Social Sciences, the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, the Department of Military Science, the Tarleton Military Veterans Service Center and KTRL Tarleton Public Radio.

The event will be broadcast live for local audiences on KTRL 90.5 FM. For more information contact event organizer, Dr. T. Lindsay Baker, at 254-968-1886.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

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