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Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.

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Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.

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Sound quality is horrible

By Jenkhuffer69 - Aug 28 2019
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I’m not one to nitpick, but the sound quality of this podcast is horrible. I can’t even listen while driving because the commercials are so loud compared to the podcast itself. I’m not normally one to write reviews, but I feel that the veterans being interviewed deserve better.

must listen

By character92 - Jan 20 2017
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excellent first hand acounts from our heros of war

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
9
5
6
3

Sound quality is horrible

By Jenkhuffer69 - Aug 28 2019
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I’m not one to nitpick, but the sound quality of this podcast is horrible. I can’t even listen while driving because the commercials are so loud compared to the podcast itself. I’m not normally one to write reviews, but I feel that the veterans being interviewed deserve better.

must listen

By character92 - Jan 20 2017
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excellent first hand acounts from our heros of war
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Veterans Chronicles

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.

Rank #1: Buzz Aldrin

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This week's guest is one of the most recognizable veterans of the last century - Buzz Aldrin. A retired Air Force colonel and veteran of the Korean War, Aldrin is best known for being the second man to walk on the moon during the legendary Apollo 11 mission in 1969. In this episode, guest host Dr. Lewis Sorley walks through one of the most unique careers of any officer in U.S. military history.

Dec 16 2010

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Rank #2: Colonel Jack Jacobs

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Jack Jacobs is among the most highly decorated veterans of the Vietnam War, being awarded two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and our nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor. He is currently a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.

Apr 16 2013

36mins

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Rank #3: Band of Brothers - Bill Guarnere & Babe Heffron

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In this edition, Gene has a conversation with William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron, two of the famed "Band of Brothers." The two, with journalist Robyn Post, wrote the book "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends..." Believe it or not, even though they lived blocks apart in their native South Philadelphia, the two didn't meet until years later in Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in Europe.

Nov 19 2009

36mins

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Rank #4: Lt. General Hal Moore

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Hal Moore is co-author of the acclaimed book "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young," and is one of the most distinguished veterans of the Vietnam War. His book was later made into a movie staring Mel Gibson as then Lt. Colonel Moore. General Moore talks about his experiences in Vietnam, and recounts just how accurate the Hollywood version was.

Oct 02 2009

37mins

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Rank #5: Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, 101st Airborne Division on D-Day

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PFC James “Pee Wee” Martin, veteran of G Company, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, saw some of the greatest action of the European theater throughout World War II. PFC Martin participated in the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, parachuting into the town of St. Come du Mont, and taking part in the fight to liberate France. Martin and his comrades held the Belgian town of Bastogne as part of the larger Battle of the Bulge – a vital objective in preventing the German troops from recapturing Antwerp. Martin reflects on his experience 75 years after he served in the war.

Mar 19 2019

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Rank #6: "Buck" Compton and Mickey Rooney

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In this episode, Gene Pell is joined by two of America's most recognizable veterans of World War II, Lynn "Buck" Compton and Mickey Rooney. Best known for his portrayal in the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," Buck Compton led 3rd Platoon of E Company in the 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne Division, and is the recipient of the Silver Star. He is the author of the recently published book, "Call of Duty," and is a retired lawyer and Federal judge. Following Buck, Gene speaks to stage and screen legend Mickey Rooney, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served throughout Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his work in entertaining the troops along the front lines as part of a traveling jeep show.

Jul 07 2009

36mins

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Rank #7: Tom Satterly

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A 25-year highly decorated U.S. Army veteran, Tom Satterly was portrayed in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down along with his teammates. He served in the elite Delta Force, witnessing intense combat at the Battle of Mogadishu and later in the Iraq war. After coping with PTS and other personal struggles following his time in combat, Tom and his wife Jen have started the All Secure Foundation, which provides resources for treatment to retired Special Operation veterans and their families.

Apr 06 2018

44mins

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Rank #8: Nicholas Irving

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Former U.S. Army Ranger Nicholas Irving spent six years with the Army's Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Irving served from demolitions assaulter to Master Sniper, and was the first African-American in his battalion to serve as Sniper. His new book "The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers" is a thrilling memoir detailing the experiences of his military career.

Jan 22 2015

36mins

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Rank #9: Go For Broke: The Story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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This special edition documentary features the story of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II. Told by the men whose motto was "Go For Broke," this program follows them as they faced discrimination - and in some cases internment - to the battlefields of Europe, where they would become the most highly decorated regiment in the history of the United States military.

Dec 08 2009

48mins

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Rank #10: 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne):

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This special episode features four veterans of the elite, but forgotten, 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) - the only all-black Ranger unit in U.S. Army history - which saw action in the Korean War. Guest hosted by Paul Berry, the men speak of training, deployment, and combat, as well as the bonds of brotherhood built among elite soldiers whose story has never been fully told.

Jul 13 2011

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Rank #11: Lt. Colonel Alfred Shehab

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World War II veteran Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab saw action during the Battle of the Bulge ? Hitler?s month-long final offensive on the Western front. LTC Shehab was assigned to the 38th Cavalry Squadron, a reconnaissance unit tasked with patrolling the forests of the Ardennes region when the battle broke out on December 16, 1944.

Mar 06 2017

36mins

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Rank #12: America Strikes Back: The Doolittle Raid - Part 1

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In the four months following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military suffered setback after setback. In an effort to strike at the heart of the Japanese Empire, American military leaders devised a top-secret plan in which aviation pioneer Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle would lead a raid of 16 bombers to attack targets on the Japanese home islands. The legendary assault would go down in history as one of the early turning points in World War II. This special documentary program features original interviews with several of Doolittle's surviving Raiders and the raid's official historian, Col. C.V. Glines, as well as archival audio from General Jimmy Doolittle himself. (Part 1 of 2).

Dec 18 2009

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Rank #13: The Black Sheep Squadron

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This week, Gene's four guests are all veterans of World War II, all Marines, all pilots and all members of the original and later legendary Black Sheep Squadron led by ace pilot Greg "Pappy" Boyington.

Feb 24 2008

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Rank #14: Cdr. Richard Jadick - On Call In Hell

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Imagine being a doctor working in in a emergency room with explosions and bombs going off all around you. That's what happened to Navy doctor Commander Richard Jadick whose battalion was called into Fallujah in November 2004 for the toughest battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He recalls his story of being "On Call In Hell."

Feb 09 2008

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Rank #15: Colonel Ed Shames: Part 1

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Veteran of the famed 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne division, Colonel Ed Shames saw some of the greatest action in the European theater of World War II. In this two-part episode he recounts his experiences training and fighting as a Paratrooper in the US army, including his role in the historic Allied invasion of France on the night of D-Day.

Nov 20 2013

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Rank #16: Leonard Lomell & Jack Kuhn

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June 6, 1944: D-Day. Among the major targets of the Allied invasion forces were the large German guns based near Pointe du Hoc, which threatened the troops hitting Omaha and Utah beaches. The U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion was assigned the task of taking Pointe du Hoc, and disabling the German guns. This week, Veterans Chronicles profiles the story of Leonard Lomell, who found and destroyed the guns. Joining him is fellow Ranger Jack Kuhn.

Jun 19 2009

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Rank #17: Wade Spann, Iraq Veteran

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Wade Spann is a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq. He was in boot camp on September 11, 2001, and was among the first US Marines in Iraq. Following his service, he has become active in helping his fellow veterans find the support and resources they need while transitioning back into civilian life.

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #18: Bill Lord, Vietnam Veteran

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Bill Lord was a young draftee at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant carrying a radio in the U.S. Army's Charlie Company, 4th/47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Later in his career he served as television news executive and general manager of WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. His book "50 Years After Vietnam" is available here: https://www.amazon.com/50-Years-After-Vietnam-Fighting-ebook/dp/B07H8R6G14.

Learn more about the American Veterans Center: http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #19: Pat Sajak & Keni Thomas

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This special edition of Veterans Chronicles features two veterans whose military service helped to launch them into careers in entertainment. Pat Sajak has become a household name as host of "Wheel of Fortune," though he earlier served in the Army in Vietnam as a DJ with AFRN. Keni Thomas was an Army Ranger in the Battle of Mogadishu, and has since gone one to a successful career as a country music recording artist.

Jul 28 2011

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Rank #20: America Strikes Back: The Doolittle Raid - Part 2

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Part 2 of a special documentary program telling the story of Jimmy Doolittle's legendary raid on Japan in April, 1942. Featuring Doolittle and his raiders telling their stories, in their own words.

Dec 18 2009

39mins

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Charles Burgess King, U.S. Army, Iraq

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Raised amid the turmoil and danger of a civil war in Liberia, Charles Burgess King came to the U.S. as a child. Upon graduation from high school, he went to college as a benefit of joining the U.S. Army National Guard.

Just days into his first semester, King's unit was called to active duty and eventually deployed in Iraq. Working in administration, King was part of efforts to drastically improve the hygiene for U.S. forces there and also came up with the idea of secure rest stops for troops on convoy in Iraq.

After returning home, King graduated college courtesy of the GI Bill but found the cost of graduate school prohibitive. So he founded the Veterans Higher Education Corporation.

In this podcast, King shares his story of growing up in civil war, serving the U.S. in Iraq, and how he's committed to making sure veterans can afford all the education they need.

Jan 23 2020

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Tom Rice, U.S. Army Airborne, D-Day World War II

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The first Americans to set foot in Europe on D-Day in June 1944 were the paratroopers, including the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division.

California native Tom Rice was the first man from the 101st to jump out of his plane into the pitch black night over the Normandy coast.

In this edition of Veterans Chronicles, Rice tells host Greg Corombos about the difficulties of getting out of the plane, trying to find the rest of his unit scattered across the French countryside, and fighting his way out of Normandy.

Rice also shares his experiences from the unsuccessful airborne attempt to cross the Rhine in September 1944 known as Operation Market Garden. He also details fighting and getting injured at the Battle of the Bulge and what he felt when the war in Europe came to an end.

Finally, Rice tells why he decided to re-enact his jump into Normandy again in 2019 at 97-years-old for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Jan 16 2020

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Bill Van Scoyoc, World Trade Center, 9/11

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Rick Rescorla served as a British paratrooper but after coming to the United States he joined the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of Vietnam. His heroism at the battle of Ia Drang is immortalized in "We Were Soldiers Once...And young." Rescorla served 27 years in service to our nation, retiring in 1990.

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Rescorla took on a security leadership role for Morgan Stanley, the largest tenant in the World Trade Center.

Rescorla trained the tenants of the skyscrapers how to respond in an emergency and on September 11, 2001, his efforts paid off. An evacuation that took two hours back in 1993, took less than 12 minutes on 9/11. Thousands of lives were saved. Rescorla was not among them as he stayed inside until everyone else got out.

In this podcast, Rescorla's Morgan Stanley colleague Bill Van Scoyoc discusses the legacy of Rick Rescorla and walks us moment by moment through the harrowing events of 9/11.

Jan 09 2020

33mins

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Lt. Jason Redman, US Navy SEAL (Ret.), Afghanistan & Iraq

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Lt. Jason Redman spent eight years as an enlisted U.S. Navy SEAL, and was commissioned as a SEAL Officer in 2004. He completed combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lt. Redman's Assault Team came under heavy fire and he was severely wounded. While recovering at Bethesda Medical Center, Redman authored a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards.

Jan 02 2020

33mins

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Daniel Durso, U.S. Army, WWII

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Daniel Durso served in the U.S. Army during WWII in a Tank Battalion. He served in the European Theater and recounts his experiences fighting with his fellow soldiers and defeating the Nazis.

Greg Corombos conducts the interview with Daniel.

Dec 26 2019

40mins

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Capt. Kevin Rosenblum, U.S. Army, Iraq War

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U.S. Amy veteran Kevin Rosenblum shares his story of joining the ROTC program in college, never thinking he would end up in combat. A short time later, the 9/11 attacks changed everything.

Kevin describes his preparation for war and the most intense moments of combat while in theater. He also details his struggles with post-traumatic stress, what helped him deal with it, and how he got to know President George W. Bush as he recovered.

Dec 19 2019

32mins

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Col. Joseph Peterburs, U.S. Air Force, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

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Joseph Peterburs was in seminary to be a priest, but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed those plans. After being rejected by the U.S. Navy, Peterburs joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.

By late 1944, he was in England and flying P-51's to escort bombing missions over mainland Europe. He flew 49 missions in all, but the last one is the most memorable.

In this interview with Greg Corombos, Peterburs talks about his targeting of a German ME-262 that he believed he shot down, how he was then shot down and taken prisoner only to escape and end up fighting alongside troops of one of our allies. He also shares the amazing story about that mission that unfolded decades later.

Also a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Peterburs offers an engaging history of his service in World War II, his harrowing air combat experiences in Korea, and more.

Dec 12 2019

39mins

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Lena King, 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion U.S. Army, World War II

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As World War II in Europe unfolded, the U.S. Army encountered a massive backlog of mail for the troops. Officers knew that no mail for meant low morale, so the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion was born.

This unit of African-American women in the Army was was sent to Birmingham, England, and tasked with organizing a three-year pile of mail in six months. They did it in three months. Then they tackled a similar mess in Rouen, France.

Yet, when the women of the 6888 came home, there was no parade and not even a thank you from the U.S. government. But 75 years later, the recognition finally came.

Listen in as 96-year-old Lena King, one of the few remaining veterans of the 6888, shares her story of service in World War II and the legacy of this historic unit in military history.

Dec 05 2019

29mins

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Gene Kranz, U.S. Air Force, NASA Flight Director

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Gene Kranz grew up idolizing World War II pilots like Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raiders. Kranz later joined the U.S. Air Force, which would prepare him for an historic career at NASA.

In this interview with Greg Corombos, Kranz talks about his Air Force work and then shares in great detail what it was like to be on the front lines of history as the flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the Apollo 11 moon landing and the rescue of Apollo 13.

Don't miss this extended conversation with NASA legend Gene Kranz.

Nov 26 2019

43mins

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Ray Lambert, U.S. Army Medic, First Wave Omaha Beach

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"So I prayed that God would give me the strength to save this man. I wasn't really concerned about asking for my life, but I wanted to save this guy."

On June 6, 1944, U.S. Army medic Ray Lambert came ashore in the first wave on Omaha Beach with the 1st Infantry Division, known as "The Big Red One."

Lambert describes the carnage on the beach as the Germans hammered the American forces. Lambert was shot multiple times but kept administering aid to the fallen troops.

Omaha Beach was his third amphibious landing of the war, following missions in North Africa and Sicily.

Listen in as 99-year-old Ray Lambert shares his powerful story of service to our nation.

Nov 21 2019

46mins

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Adm. James Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO

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Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis shares his story of military service, from his plebe year at Annapolis to Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

In this conversation, Stavridis tells Greg Corombos why he went to the U.S. Naval Academy intending to be an infantry officer but instead pursued surface warfare. He also walks us through the military buildup of the 1980's, his important command assignments in the 1990's and beyond, and his various and vital roles during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including his critical position at NATO.

Stavridis is also the author of "The Leader's Bookshelf," and shares the most important lessons he learned about leadership during his 37 years in service to our nation.

Nov 14 2019

42mins

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Kyle Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps, Afghanistan, Medal of Honor

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter deployed to Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. Just before Thanksgiving, he was nearly killed after falling on a Taliban grenade to save his fellow Marines.

In our conversation, Kyle describes the terrible events of that day. He also walks us through the amazing "domino of miracles" that kept him alive in the moments following the attack and all the way back to the U.S.

Kyle discusses his very lengthy physical recovery and also the mental and emotional challenges he faced along the way. Finally, he tells us what it was like to receive the Medal of Honor and what the recognition means to him.

Nov 07 2019

33mins

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Ron Rosser, U.S. Army, Korea, Medal of Honor

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U.S. Army veteran Ron Rosser joins us to share the story of his actions in the Korean War that earned him the Medal of Honor.

Rosser joined the Army in the final days of World War II and was discharged before the Korean War broke out. But after his younger brother was killed in Korea, Rosser re-enlisted and served as a forward observer during many intense battles.

Listen here as Rosser talks about his service, the seemingly impossible orders to take a hill held by the Chinese, and what he did that day to be recognized with the nation's highest award for military valor.

Oct 31 2019

29mins

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Dillon Behr, U.S. Army Green Beret, Afghanistan & Iraq

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U.S. Army Green Beret Dillon Behr shares his military journey, including the dramatic story if being severely wounded while pursuing an enemy target on the side of a mountain in Afghanistan in 2008. He also describes the excruciating evacuation once the fighting had stopped.

Behr tells us why he joined the Army, why he pursued special forces, and what combat was like in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, Behr shares how he decided to give back to other wounded soldiers following his successful rehabilitation.

Oct 21 2019

38mins

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Clint Hill, U.S. Army, U.S. Secret Service, Kennedy Assassination

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Clint Hill served this nation in the U.S. Army during the 1950's. Then, for nearly twenty years, he served as a U.S. Secret Service agent in five presidential administrations, starting with Dwight Eisenhower and concluding with Gerald Ford.

During the Kennedy administration, Hill was assigned to protect First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and was the agent who jumped onto Kennedy's car in the moments following the shooting of JFK in Dallas in 1963.

In this conversation, Mr. Hill shares his historic story of military service and the Secret Service with Greg Corombos, walking us moment by moment through the horrors of the Kennedy assassination and the days that followed.

Oct 10 2019

32mins

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Paul Roach, U.S. Army, Korean War POW

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Paul Roach served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. While serving in Korea, Roach was held as a prisoner of war.

In this 2017 conversation with Greg Corombos, Paul Roach discusses the brutal conditions in the prison camp, the chaplain who inspired the men during their darkest moments, and his many years of service to our nation.

Oct 03 2019

31mins

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Mary Jennings Hegar, U.S. Air Force, Afghanistan

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U.S. Air Force veteran Mary Jennings Hegar shares her story of serving as a Medevac helicopter pilot in Afghanistan and the harrowing story of her crew needing to be rescued after coming under fire.

In this interview with Greg Corombos, Hegar also tells the story of how she was refused an assignment because she was a woman and how she then became a leader in the effort to lift the ban on females serving in ground combat.

Sep 26 2019

31mins

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Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy SEAL, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

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Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mike Thornton shares his story of service from the Vietnam War. Thornton tells Greg Corombos about the challenge of SEAL (BUD/S) training and his actions from October 31, 1972, that earned him the Medal of Honor.

Hear how Thornton and three others fended off 75 enemy fighters, how he ran across 500 yards of open ground under fire to save a fellow SEAL, and how he swam himself and others to safety after being wounded multiple times.

And you'll hear the wonderful reason Thornton was reprimanded for his conduct on the day he received the Medal of Honor.

Sep 19 2019

31mins

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Col. Eugene Deatrick, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Eugene Deatrick, Jr. shares his impressive story of service. Col. Deatrick attended West Point during World War II, served as a test pilot measuring the impact of nuclear blasts, and later commanded the test pilot school at Edwards Air Force Base.

In his conversation with Greg Corombos, Col. Deatrick also details the powerful story of helping to rescue an American POW in Vietnam and providing support to relieve an American unit from great peril.

Sep 13 2019

36mins

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Kevin Hermening, U.S. Marine Corps, Iran Hostage Crisis

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November 4, 2019, will mark 40 years since the beginning of the Iranian hostage crisis. Islamic revolutionaries seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for the next 444 days. The youngest hostage was 20-year-old U.S Marine embassy guard Kevin Hermening.

Kevin shares his powerful story of capture, survival, and freedom with Greg Corombos.

Sep 06 2019

33mins

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iTunes Ratings

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Sound quality is horrible

By Jenkhuffer69 - Aug 28 2019
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I’m not one to nitpick, but the sound quality of this podcast is horrible. I can’t even listen while driving because the commercials are so loud compared to the podcast itself. I’m not normally one to write reviews, but I feel that the veterans being interviewed deserve better.

must listen

By character92 - Jan 20 2017
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excellent first hand acounts from our heros of war