Warriors in their Own Words

Warriors in their Own Words

Remarkable stories of war told by the men who fought for a proud nation. Their words. Their voices. Our first episodes tell riveting stories from World War II, then we move on to the Vietnam War and other dramatic conflicts.

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Most Recent Episode

An Insurgent’s Nightmare: MSG Earl Plumlee

“That’s bold talk for a guy that’s only got one bullet…”

Master Sergeant Earl Plumlee served in the Marine Corps before switching to the Army. He became a Green Beret and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.

Plumlee was awarded the Medal of Honor for his part in helping defend Forward Operating Base Ghazni. His story is straight out of a movie. Under heavy fire, he neutralized several enemies, survived multiple close-range blasts, and emerged with only minor injuries.

In this special Memorial Day interview, Plumlee talks about his military career, recounts what earned him the Medal of Honor, and gives his thoughts on Memorial Day.

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Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the Pentagon: Col. Sam Hartwell

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Col. Hartwell talks about serving in Afghanistan with the Army’s Special Ops Command, volunteering in Ukraine, and working at the Pentagon with th...
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The Battle of Ia Drang: SP5 Jon Wallenius

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Specialist 5 Jon Wallenius served in Vietnam with the Army, and fought in the famous Battle of Ia Drang....
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The Man Who Broke the Sound Barrier: Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager

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Brig. Gen. Yeager served in both World War II and Vietnam, and was the first person to break the sound barrier in 1947....
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Bomb Disposal in Bosnia: MCPO Ken Falke

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MCPO Falke talks about disarming bombs as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist in the Navy....
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More About Warriors In Their Own Words and The HONOR Project

Warriors In Their Own Words brings to life the stories of those who have defended this nation. Using archival interviews going back to WWI, as well as current conversations about more recent conflicts, we hear remarkable accounts of service and sacrifice from those who lived them. These podcasts are a production of The HONOR Project: Heroes of Our Nation On Record.

Since 1991, award-winning documentarians Rob Kirk, Rob Lihani and Donna Lusitana have been recording and archiving the remarkable and very personal stories of veterans from World War I through modern conflicts. To provide an ongoing structure for the preservation of these stories, recounted by those who lived them, Kirk, Lihani and Lusitana joined with digital media pioneer, Marc Honorof, to create The HONOR Project.

“We are in the business of reporting history,” said Kirk, “Right now, these incredibly candid stories from a passing generation are what America wants to hear. We didn’t just sit these men down with a list of questions and ask them to reel off facts. We let them speak from the heart and captured all the emotion of their experiences.”

"By wrapping contextual narration around these astonishing stories and adding high quality production values,” said Lihani, “we have produced podcasts which are not only educational, but fascinating as well, along the lines of Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation, or HBO’s Band of Brothers. Many of these veterans are no longer with us, so their accounts need to be remembered and archived. There simply is no substitute for listening to these men tell us their own experiences, in their own words and voices."

If you enjoy hearing these stories directly from those who lived them, please give us a 5-star review on iTunes or wherever you found us. Thank you.

The Team

Ken Harbaugh

The Host
A former US Navy Pilot and past president of Team Rubicon Global. He has served as a commentator for NPR, a host on Crooked Media, and a contributor to The NY Times, The Atlantic, and Yale Journal of International Law.

Declan Rohrs

Declan Rohrs (He/Him) was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio. At Evergreen, he has assumed various roles, including Assistant Producer, Editor, Content Creator, and Email-Signature Guru.

Sean Rule Hoffman

Audio Engineer
Sean Rule Hoffman (mix engineer), hailing from Orange, Ohio, earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.