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"Everyone had stayed the same... but I'd grown up and changed." (Video Interview, 34:35)

   Gregory James Schulte
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Gregory Schulte [2004]
War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Army
Unit: 235th Engineer Team, 4th Infantry Division; Army National Guard
Service Location: Tikrit, Iraq; Kuwait
Rank: Specialist
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Deployed to Iraq at the age of 18, Specialist Greg Schulte was the youngest soldier in his National Guard unit. During his service in Tikrit, he witnessed both the extreme violence that characterizes life in a combat zone as well as many positive changes brought about by the U.S. military presence in Iraq. He left the Middle East with a renewed dedication to the military; at the same time, after enduring such a life-changing experience, he felt a sense of distance from his old friends and family.

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Hearing from Iraqi civilians about their life under Saddam Hussein and the human rights abuses that they suffered; uncovering mass graves; coming to terms with reasons for deployment. (01:60) How his unit was received by Iraqi civilians; trying to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis; his duties as a civil engineer; helping to establish electricity and water purification systems; interacting with Iraqi contractors and members of the special forces (04:55) Memorable incident that took place on the day that Saddam Hussein was captured. (02:42)
Serving as the bodyguard for a high-level colonel during a meeting with local village sheiks. (02:57)  
  
 

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