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Interview with Stephanie Murphy, March 10, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:10 - Introduction / hometown and childhood

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Partial Transcript: --say and spell your name for me?

Segment Synopsis: Stephanie Lynn Murphy is introduced. She talks about the branches of the military that she has served in and how long she has been involved with the military. She discusses her childhood, including growing up with a father who was a former marine.

Keywords: American Legion; Blue collar workers; Brothers; Childhood; Cooks; Fathers; Military; Money; Mothers; PAs; Patriotic; Physician Assistants; Schools; Small towns; Tough

Subjects: Families.; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Veterans.; United States--Air National Guard.; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Dunkirk (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 42.479444, -79.333889
00:08:10 - Enlisting

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Partial Transcript: So, when you went to go enlist at seventeen, what was your mindset leading up to that?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses why she decided to enlist with the Army Reserves and the enlistment process. She talks about what her peers were doing while she was becoming involved with the military.

Keywords: ASVAB; Alternative schools; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test; Boyfriends; Brothers; Careers; Colleges; Enlisting; Focus; Followers; MEPS; Military Entrance Processing Stations; Money; Nursing; Peers; Recruiters; Tech schools; Training

Subjects: United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Dunkirk (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 42.479444, -79.333889
00:12:42 - Parents' reactions to enlisting

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Partial Transcript: Well, wh, what was your parents' reaction when you came back and told them what you had done?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about how her parents reacted to her decision to join the Army Reserves and whether their opinions changed over time.

Keywords: Acceptance; Brothers; Colleges; Disagreeing; Letters; Packages; Parents; Reactions; Recruiters

Subjects: Families.; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Dunkirk (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 42.479444, -79.333889
00:15:57 - Academics / changes after 9/11/2001

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Partial Transcript: So, why--well, let me go back. What were your, what were your academics like in high school?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses her academic record. She talks again about why she decided to join the Army Reserves. She talks about enlisting during peacetime and whether training changed after the 9/11/2001 attacks.

Keywords: Academics; Chem warfare; Chemical warfare; Colleges; Convoy training; Deployment; Guerilla warfare; Medics; Money; NBC attacks; National Guard; Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical attacks; POWs; Peacetime; Prisoners of War; Scenarios; Training; Trying; Unrealistic; WWI; WWII; World War I; World War II

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011.; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.; United States. Army--Reserves

00:21:03 - Boot camp

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Partial Transcript: So, tell me about your boot camp experience.

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses her boot camp experiences. She talks about being part of a mixed gender platoon. She tells the story of getting sick during boot camp. She speculates about what her peers were doing back home while she was in basic training and what her life would be like if she had stayed home.

Keywords: "Smoking"; Barracks; Colleges; Drill sergeants; Dunkirk (N.Y.); E5s; Economy; Exercise; Field training exercises; Gender; Illnesses; Letters; Partying; Peers; Platoons; Sickness; Sit ups; Teargas; Walking pneumonia

Subjects: United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.)
Map Coordinates: 37.7401, -92.126275
00:27:57 - Training

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Partial Transcript: So, after boot camp you went to AIT. And what was your occupation?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about the training she completed after boot camp, including her Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston and her on-the-job training in Hawaii.

Keywords: AIT; Advanced Individual Training; Friendships; Hawaii; MOS 91 Delta; Military Occupational Specialties 91 Delta; Operating rooms; Parents; Specialists; Surgeries; Surgical technologists

Subjects: Medical care; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Fort Sam Houston (Tex.)
Map Coordinates: 29.476255, -98.43083
00:30:41 - Returning home after boot camp and training

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Partial Transcript: So then from there you went back home.

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about what she did when she returned home from her training. She discusses whether she encountered any stereotypes about women in the military in her hometown.

Keywords: Active duty; American Legion; Home; Jobs; Patriotic; Stereotypes; Stigmas; Surgical technologists; VFW; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Women in the military; Working

Subjects: Women and the military--United States


GPS: Dunkirk (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 42.479444, -79.333889
00:33:14 - Preparation for deployment after 9/11

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Partial Transcript: Did, um--So you went back and you worked for two years as a surgical tech, um, and then I'm assuming about that time it was 2001 and September 11 attacks happened...

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses how her unit prepared for possible deployment after the 9/11/2001 attacks. She talks about where she was attending school when she got deployed.

Keywords: Brothers; Combat training; D'Youville College; Drills; Fear; Husbands; Intensity; Junior colleges; NBC attacks; Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical attacks; PAs; Physician assistants; Schools; Studying; Tents; Training; UK; Working

Subjects: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.; United States. Army--Reserves; University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)


GPS: Dunkirk (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 42.479444, -79.333889
00:37:18 - Learning about her deployment

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Partial Transcript: So, we were talking about, um, how you were surprised with the deployment in the middle of your, uh, undergraduate--

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about how she learned she was going to be deployed and how much time she had before leaving. She discusses how her friends and family reacted.

Keywords: Advance teams; Crying; Dunkirk (N.Y.); Friends; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (N.J.); Parents; Reactions; Roommates; Shocked; Training

Subjects: Families.; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Fort Dix Army Air Base (N.J.)
Map Coordinates: 40.019167, -74.522778
00:41:33 - Mobilization / more training

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Partial Transcript: So what was your unit's task when you were going over to Iraq?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about her unit's mission in Iraq. She discusses their mobilization out of Fort Dix, New Jersey and the training they received treating injuries in Miami, Florida. She discusses whether she felt adequately trained before she deployed to Iraq.

Keywords: CASH; Chem training; Combat Support Hospitals; E5s; Fort Dix (N.J.); Infantries; Injuries; MOB; Missions; Mobilization; Ryder Trauma Training Center; Surgeries; Tasks; Units; Weapon training

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011.; Iraq.; Medical care; Turkey; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Ryder Trauma Center (Miami, Fla.)
Map Coordinates: 25.791525, -80.212575
00:45:28 - A dangerous situation

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Partial Transcript: Was there any situations where you might have had to fire your weapon?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses how being in Iraq was different from what she expected. She tells a story about a time she thought she might have to fire her weapon.

Keywords: "RPG Alley"; "Suni Triangle"; Baqubah (Iraq); Bases; Camp Anaconda; Camp Warhorse; Convoys; Guns; IEDs; Local people; Locals; Paranoid; Preconceptions; Supply sergeants

Subjects: Balad (Iraq); Improvised explosive devices; Iraq War, 2003-2011.; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Baqubah (Iraq)
Map Coordinates: 33.75, 44.633333
00:49:38 - Being attacked with mortars

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Partial Transcript: What's another instance that--close call?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses how often her base was hit by mortars, how she reacted to the attacks, and whether anyone was injured.

Keywords: Aid stations; Bases; Casualties; Chow halls; Close calls; Command posts; Duds; Injuries; Instincts; MWR tents; Morale, Welfare, and Recreation tents; Mortars; TOCs; Tactical Operations Centers

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011.; Medical care; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Baqubah (Iraq)
Map Coordinates: 33.75, 44.633333
00:54:04 - Dealing with casualties and death / how she changed after the Iraq War

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Partial Transcript: What's the mood like when somebody's killed or hurt on base?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses how she and others in her unit dealt with seeing casualties and death. She talks about how it affected her and how the way her parents raised her contributed to her reactions. She discusses how the Iraq War changed her.

Keywords: Appreciation; Casualties; Changes; Childhood; Children; Control; Death; Emotions; Enemies; Experience; Families; Focus; Friends; Impersonal; Injuries; Kids; Moods; Operation Desert Storm; PTSD; Patients; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Problems; Ranks; Respect; Saving lives; Showers; Soldiers; Surgeries; Trauma; Units

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011.; Medical care; United States. Army--Reserves


GPS: Baqubah (Iraq)
Map Coordinates: 33.75, 44.633333
01:02:34 - Meeting her husband / going back to school

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Partial Transcript: So, tell us briefly about the story about how you met your husband.

Segment Synopsis: Murphy tells the story about how she met her husband. She discusses how it feels to go back to school after being deployed and whether she talks to anyone about her involvement in the military.

Keywords: Age; Biology; Dating; Death; Disrespect; Drinking; Females; Foosball; Fort Dix (N.J.); Friends; Frustration; Gyms; Husbands; Long distance relationships; PA program; Partying; Physician Assistants program; Schools; Stories; Students; Women

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011.; Iraq.; Kuwait.; United States. Army--Reserves; University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.); Women and the military--United States


GPS: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
01:09:00 - Women in the military

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Partial Transcript: A, a big issue right now with, uh, veteran adv, advocacy groups, um, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, uh, of America, one of the things that they're focusing on is, is the transition of, uh, female soldiers back into the civilian world and, um, and the r, and retaining them in the military.

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses whether she feels that women in the military have equal opportunities. She talks about whether she has encountered sexual harassment or sexual assault.

Keywords: Air Force; Career progression; Double standards; Female soldiers; Infantry; Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Jokes; Marines; Opportunities; Promotions; Ranks; Sexual assault; Sexual harassment; Transitions; Veteran advocacy groups

Subjects: United States. Army.; Women and the military--United States

01:12:33 - Challenges she faced coming home / more about women in the military / residual effects of being in war

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Partial Transcript: Well, what challenges did you face when coming home?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy discusses the things that were triggers for her once she came home. She talks more about women serving in the military. She talks more about how being deployed still affects her.

Keywords: Adjusting; Female-friendly; Females; Fireworks; Home; Hostile environments; Infantry; Instincts; Killed in action; Leaving; Medical field; Movies; Ranks; Residual effects; Stress; Triggers; Unrealistic; Violence

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011--Veterans.; Women and the military--United States

01:18:46 - Veterans group at UK / pride / goals

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Partial Transcript: What's different about--what is the university doing now, if they have done anything, that's different today than it was when you were an undergrad?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about whether the veterans group has changed UK over the years. She discusses whether she is proud of her military service. She talks about her goals for the future and what she would do if she had a child that wanted to join the military. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Atmosphere; Children; Commission; Goals; Graduation; Journals; Kids; Military service; PA programs; Patriotism; Physician assistants; Pride; Proud; Saving lives; UK; Undergraduates; VA; Veterans Administration; Veterans coordinators; Veterans groups

Subjects: Iraq War, 2003-2011--Veterans.; University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.); Veterans--Education (Higher)--Kentucky.


GPS: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5