Rank #1: Tales of Valor Ep 21: Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls lived an absolutely AUDACIOUS life: born into slavery but unwilling to see himself the way others in the world saw him! In this episode, Mike is joined by the Underpaid Producer while Dave is away and we discuss the life of Robert Smalls and why it is so inspiring for us in our day and age!
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Feb 21 2020
Rank #2: Tales of Valor Ep 20: Charlie Gould
Listener Jason Gould shared with us that he had a relative, Charlie Gould, that had received the Medal of Honor for combat actions taken during the civil war! Dave did some digging to pull out some of the cool aspects of his life and story that we hope you enjoy!
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Feb 14 2020
Rank #3: Tales of Valor Ep 19: Robert Howard
"Take all of John Wayne’s films—throw in Clint Eastwood’s, too—and these fictions could not measure up to the real Bob Howard" (Maj. John L. Plaster)
Robert Howard not only received the Medal of Honor but is the only soldier to have ever been nominated 3 times for 3 separate combat actions and all that in just a period of 13 months during the Vietnam War. WHAT A STORY!
Each week, hosts Mike and Dave invite you into a conversational story telling approach to the tales of valor of men and women past and present that we hope inspires us all.
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Feb 07 2020
Rank #4: Tales of Valor Ep 18: Florent Groberg
Florent Groberg became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 2001 after renouncing his French citizenship. He joined the Army in 2008 and in August of 2012 while in Afghanistan, put himself between a suicide bomber and a team he was protecting. His tale of valor certainly is worth a listen!
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Jan 31 2020
Rank #5: Tales of Valor Ep 17: Joe George
"A day that will live in infamy..." Out of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 emerged many tales of valor. Out of those many heroes not all of the stories were known except by those who lived them. One such story about Joseph George surfaced more than 70 years later when two men whose lives George saved provided eyewitness descriptions of their rescue.
Grab a drink and listen in as Mike tells Dave the story of Joe George and this tale of valor.
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Jan 24 2020
Rank #6: Tales of Valor Ep 16: Daniel Daly
Settle in for the story of Dan Daly, who not only won 2 medals of honor for 2 separate incidents (one of only two men that this is true of) but also the distinguished service cross, the Navy cross and Citation (Silver) Star.
This dude was a one of a kind battle built man that we hope engages and inspires you as you listen! This is fast becoming one of our favorite stories we've told!
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Jan 17 2020
Rank #7: Tales of Valor Half History: Joseph Beyrle
Imagine getting married in the same place they held your funeral just a couple years previous. Imagine setting out to serve your beloved country, The United States of America, and end up serving for the Soviets. Well, Joseph Beyrle doesn't have to imagine it, because he lived it!
Dave throws down another short half-history episode and tells the story of "Jumpin' Joe" Beyrle. So grab a small drink and listen in. Thanks for any and all of the reviews and ratings for the show! Back to full episodes next week!
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Jan 10 2020
Rank #8: Tales of Valor Half History: Tyler Gantt
Happy holidays from Mike and Dave everyone! While we are on a little Christmas/New Year's break, Dave put together a little "half-history" story about Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Gantt, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile. Gantt was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, at ATC Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2019.
Gantt's aeronautical skill and heroism were instrumental in the rescue of 59 people during the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
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Jan 04 2020
Rank #9: Tales of Valor Christmas Cheer: Robin Williams
Robin Williams was very well known for his ongoing and genuine support of the men and women serving abroad in the military. His unique brand of comedy was something that connected with them and was a welcomed diversion to times and places away from their families; something that is easy to take for granted.
So grab a drink and listen in and laugh! Thanks again to everyone who subscribes to the show and especially those who have left a rating/review.
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Dec 27 2019
Rank #10: Tales of Valor Ep 15: Jimmy Stewart
After watching an iconic Christmas film classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" we stumbled into the life of the actors, Jimmy Stewart, that extended far deeper than we'd ever known. Stewart, putting his very successful acting career on hold in the early 1940s, served in WW2 and remained in the reserves after and continue his military career into 1966, during the Vietnam War.
The parallels between the well known lead character in It's a Wonderful Life and Stewart in real life cannot be just coincidence. Grab a drink and listen in on quite a tale of valor, if we do say so ourselves (which we do).
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Dec 18 2019