Veterans History Project Interview Excerpt – Shane Rose, U.S. Army Specialist and Combat Medic

Shane Rose is a U.S. Army veteran living in Veneta, Oregon who served in the U.S. Army for nearly 10 years (2005-2014) as an Army Specialist and Combat Medic.

The native Oregonian comes from a long line of veterans—Rose’s grandfather served in the U.S. Navy and his father served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He originally planned to follow in one of their footsteps, but he was drawn to medical training in the Army instead. After going to boot camp in Missouri and medical school in Texas, Rose was stationed in Germany before being deployed to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He saw 15 months of combat in Iraq, during which time he was severely wounded by a mortar. He has earned several awards for his service to our nation, including the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

NOTE: Rose’s full interview was submitted to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project.

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