Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Fort Riley, Kansas; Iraq
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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“You can’t just sit there and be paralyzed with fear, because you’re going to get everybody killed.” (Audio Interview, 22:10)

Joseph Beimfohr enlisted in the Army two days after his 17th birthday, with the approval of his grandmother, who had raised him. He did two tours of duty in Korea in a forward force that was on alert at all times. In August 2004, he arrived at Ft. Riley, Kansas, to train for duty in Iraq. Encouraged that he was working with experienced and dedicated men, he landed in country in January 2005. There he did more forward scouting, only this time under real rather than anticipated fire. What he learned from his experiences was that soldiers have to trust their training and instincts. In July he lost both legs to an explosion, and Beimfohr subsequently learned that the only limitations in his life were self-imposed.

Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection

Names

  • Bobbin, Michael
  • Porter, Kristin
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Beimfohr, Joseph Arden

State of Birth

  • CA

Home State

  • VA

Headings

  • -  Beimfohr, Joseph Arden
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • American Indian and Alaskan Native

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Fort Riley, Kansas; Iraq
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1995-2006
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 10/03/2007)
  • Photograph: Digital print [15 items] -- Photograph (collected 2005 - 2006)
  • Audio: CD [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 10/03/2007)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/54904

Cite as

  • Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection (AFC/2001/001/54904), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Bobbin, Michael, Kristin Porter, Llp Pricewaterhousecoopers, and Joseph Arden Beimfohr. Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection. 1995. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54904/.

APA citation style:

Bobbin, M., Porter, K., Pricewaterhousecoopers, L. & Beimfohr, J. A. (1995) Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54904/.

MLA citation style:

Bobbin, Michael, et al. Joseph Arden Beimfohr Collection. 1995. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54904/>.