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Veterans Chronicles

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

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Michael Durant & The Story of SFC Jared Monti

This week's episode features two of the most acclaimed stories of modern war. The first guest, Michael Durant, was the American pilot who was taken prisoner when his helicopter was shot down during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. His story was portrayed in the book and film, "Black Hawk Down," and he is the author of the recently published "The Night Stalkers." The second guest, Paul Monti, joins the program to share the story of his son, Army SFC Jared Monti, who became the second American service member to be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan.

43mins

18 Dec 2009

Rank #1

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John Robert Slaughter

In this edition, hear the chronicle of Bob Slaughter, who wrote the memoir "Omaha Beach and Beyond..." which recounts the day when his company landed in Normandy on D-Day, and their later travels through Europe.

36mins

10 Dec 2009

Rank #2

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B.G. Burkett

B.G. Burkett served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, earning the Bronze Star Medal. For the past decade, the now military researcher has investigated hundreds of cases where people have falsely claimed to have been awarded various military honors, including the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. B.G. talks to Gene about his landmark book, "Stolen Valor."

36mins

28 Jan 2010

Rank #3

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The Black Sheep Squadron

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.

35mins

24 Feb 2008

Rank #4

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Lt. General Hal Moore

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.

37mins

2 Oct 2009

Rank #5

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Nicholas Irving

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.

36mins

22 Jan 2015

Rank #6

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Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson

One of the most acclaimed pilots of World War II, Bud Anderson scored 16.25 victories in his P-51 Mustang, Old Crow, over the skies of Europe. The triple-ace pilot was part of the 357th Fighter Group, joining such well-known pilots as John England, Kit Carson, and Chuck Yeager.

42mins

16 Feb 2011

Rank #7

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"Buck" Compton and Mickey Rooney

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.

36mins

7 Jul 2009

Rank #8

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Cdr. Richard Jadick - On Call In Hell

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."

35mins

9 Feb 2008

Rank #9

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Colonel Jimmie Kanaya

This week's guest is retired U.S. Army Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, a recipient of the Silver Star for actions while serving with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. A combat medic during the war, Kanaya's story was featured in the acclaimed HISTORY documentary, "WWII in HD."

58mins

18 May 2011

Rank #10

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Buzz Aldrin

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.

39mins

16 Dec 2010

Rank #11

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Col. Carroll Glines - The Doolittle Raid

During the darkest days of World War II in April, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led a daring raid on the Japanese homeland, providing a tremendous morale boost for the United States military. Retired Col. Carroll Glines was a cadet pilot in training at the time. He is a noted historian who is the official historian of General Doolittle and the Doolittle raid.

14mins

9 Feb 2008

Rank #12

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Bob Caron

This week, guest host Dr. Lewis Sorley speaks with Robert Caron, the pilot of the last helicopter to evacuate Saigon prior to its fall on April 30, 1975. The evacuation was captured in a famous photograph by Herbert van Es of UPI, and came to symbolize the tragic end of the Vietnam War.

35mins

18 Dec 2009

Rank #13

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Pat Sajak & Keni Thomas

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.

37mins

28 Jul 2011

Rank #14

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Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon

Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon joins guest-host Dr. Lewis Sorley in this week's edition of Veterans Chronicles. Donlon is the first man to receive the Medal of Honor for valor in the Vietnam War. He is also the first member of the Speical Forces to receive the medal, with his actions taking place near Nam Dong, South Vietnam, on July 6, 1964.

27mins

31 Jan 2011

Rank #15

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Leonard Lomell & Jack Kuhn

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.

43mins

19 Jun 2009

Rank #16

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Emanuel "Manny" Mandel

Emanuel "Manny" Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936, shortly before Europe was engulfed in war. His family then moved to Budapest, which was an important Jewish center in Europe, where his father was a cantor. As the years progressed, Europe was becoming more dangerous for Jewish families. In 1944, Manny and his family were among a group of Jews who Adolf Eichmann traded for Allied material. Manny and his family were deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration Camp. Here Manny shares his story of survival throughout the Holocaust, and his journey of understanding the tragedy of the event, as he was a young boy at the time.

42mins

17 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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Walter Ehlers

Walter Ehlers is a World War II Veteran who participated in the invasion or North Africa. He would go on to earn the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for actions during the Allied invasion of Normandy in June of 1944.

37mins

16 Oct 2009

Rank #18

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John Weston, 758th Tank Battalion

World War II veteran John Weston joined the U.S. Army in 1941 as part of the 758th Tank Battalion. The 758th was the first all African-American armored unit in U.S. history. Weston reflects on his service and its influence upon his life.In November 2015, AVC had the honor of conducting this interview with Weston at the annual Veterans Day Conference. Two months later, on December 29, 2015, John S. Weston passed away. This film was made in his honor, as well as all veterans of the history-making 758th Tank Battalion.

37mins

19 Dec 2016

Rank #19

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Harley Reynolds

This week's guest is Harley Reynolds, veteran of the 1st Infantry Division during World War II. Joining the Army prior to United States' entrance into the war, he would go on to serve throughout the European Theater, taking part in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily. Then, on the morning of June 6, 1944, he would be among the first Americans to set foot on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy.

44mins

3 Aug 2009

Rank #20