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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The Airmobile Concept: LTG Harry Kinnard

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LTG Kinnard explains how he helped develop the Airmobile Concept, and how it played out during Vietnam....
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Tunnel Rat in Vietnam: CAPT John Cotter

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CAPT Cotter explored enemy tunnel networks in Vietnam as a combat engineer in the Australian Army....
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Reflecting on Vietnam Part II: Col. John Anthony Cash

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Col. Cash served in the Army as a Rifle Company Commander in Vietnam....
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Reflecting on Vietnam Part I: Col. John Anthony Cash

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Col. Cash served in the Army as a Rifle Company Commander in Vietnam....
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5th Ranger Battalion on D-Day: S/Sgt.Charles Klein

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S/Sgt. Klein commanded a section of riflemen in the 5th Ranger Battalion, and was a part of one of the first units to land on D-Day....
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Infantryman in Vietnam: SGT Jim Purvis

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SGT Purvis talks about serving in the early days of the Vietnam War, and how it vastly differed from previous American military conflicts....
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History Daily - The German Defeat at Stalingrad

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Defending the Capitol: SSG Aquilino Gonell

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SSG. Gonell served in the Army in Iraq, and later defended the Capitol on January 6th, 2021...
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Christmas as a POW: Rick Render

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Render describes the Christmas of 1944, when he spent all day waiting in line to enter a German prison camp....
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“Not Ready to Quit”: SSG Beth King

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When her Chinook was hit by an RPG, SSG King fell out of her aircraft, but was caught by her harness. The incident gave her severe injuries that w...
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SSG King recounts the night that her Chinook helicopter was hit by an RPG....
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The Deadly Rice Fields of Vietnam: SP5 Clarence Sasser

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SP5 Sasser served as a Medic in Vietnam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for continuously administering aid for 20 hours as his company was atta...
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The Deadly Rice Fields of Vietnam: SP5 Clarence Sasser

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Sasser relives the traumatic mission for which he was later awarded the Medal of Honor....
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Pearl Harbor, Northern Italy, and the Medal of Honor: Capt. Daniel Inouye

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After witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor from his home in Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, a second-generation Japanese American, enlisted in the US Army...
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Capt. Inouye describes how his regiment climbed a treacherous cliff in order to flank a German company in WWII....
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The Battle of Merville Gun Battery: Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Otway DSO

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Otway describes successfully neutralizing a crucial German battery in the hours before the Normandy Invasion, despite having a fraction of the me...
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Otway describes successfully neutralizing a crucial German battery in the hours before the Normandy Invasion, despite having a fraction of the me...
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Battalion Surgeon in the Bulge: CPT Loran B. Morgan M.D.

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Captain Loran B. Morgan M.D. served as a battalion surgeon and paratrooper in the Army during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge a...
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CPT Morgan recounts watching an entire group of doctors and nurses die at the hands of the Germans during WWII....
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B-17 Crewmember in WWII: LtC. James Wirth

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LtC. Wirth served as a togglier (similar to a bombardier) in a B-17 bomber during WWII....
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LtC. Wirth served as a togglier (similar to a bombardier) in a B-17 bomber during WWII....
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Minefield in Vietnam: LtCol Jim Riordan

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LtCol Riordan served as a forward observer in the Marine Corps in Vietnam....
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Demolition Unit on D-Day: ENS Nathan Irwin

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ENS Irwin was tasked with destroying obstacles during the Invasion of Normandy....
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The Power of a Radio: SSgt Brian Keith

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SSgt Keith was among the first Marines deployed to serve in the Gulf War. He served as a forward observer....
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The Importance of Medics: CPT Max Cleland

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CPT Cleland (later Senator Cleland) lost both his legs and an arm from a grenade explosion while serving in Vietnam....
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Blowing a Path Through Omaha Beach: BM1 Nelson Dubroc

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BM1 Dubroc served in the Normandy Invasion with a Naval Combat Demolition Unit....
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Capt. Harold Sperber: In the Hours Before D-Day

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Capt. Sperber served in WWII as Pathfinder co-pilot, and was hit over Normandy during a mission right before the D-Day invasion....
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Maj. Richard Jacobson: Pathfinder Pilot in Normandy

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Maj. Jacobson served as a pathfinder pilot during WWII, and fought in the Invasion of Normandy....
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S/Sgt. Alfred Bell: Bleeding in the Basement

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Fighting tooth and nail, S/Sgt. Bell lost his eye, a large portion of his left hand, and most of his fingers in order to successfully evacuate an ...
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French History Podcast: Silent Village with Robert Pike

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S1c Richard Coombs: Crawling Through the Sands of Omaha

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S1c Coombs describes crawling up the beach past hundreds of dead and wounded soldiers in the first wave of the Normandy Invasion....
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Col. Robert E. Stoffey: Flying in Darkness

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Colonel Robert E. Stoffey served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and Forward Air Controller in the Marines....
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T/Sgt Donald Malarkey: Band of Brothers

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T/Sgt Malarkey served as a Paratrooper in WWII, and fought in the Invasion of Normandy. The HBO show Band of Brothers tells the story of Malarkey ...
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Capt Warren “Bing” Evans Part II: The Allied Invasion of Italy

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Capt Evans, a WWII Ranger, recounts the battles of Monte Cassino, Anzio, and Cisterna, and describes being captured and escaping from a prisoner o...
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Capt Warren “Bing” Evans Part I: The Invasion of Sicily

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Capt Evans, a WWII Army Ranger, describes Operation Torch, the Invasion of Sicily, almost losing his life, and the nightmares that have haunted hi...
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Cpl. Ted Fleser: The Invasion of Sicily

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Cpl. Fleser served as an Army Ranger during World War II....
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CDR Ronald Leonard Smith Sr.: Life at Sea

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CDR Smith served in the US Navy and served across the globe in the 80s and 90s....
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CAPT Zeke Zellmer: Submarine Warfare

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CAPT Zellmer served as a Communications Officer aboard the USS Cavalla during WWII....
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SSG Leonard Goff: The Life of a Tank Commander

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SSG Goff served as a Tank Commander in World War II, fighting in both the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge....
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CW2 Jim White Part II: From Behind Bars

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CW2 explains why he went to prison after coming home from Vietnam, and how he raised thousands of dollars from behind bars....
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CW2 Jim White Part I: Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam

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CW2 White, callsign Sneaky White, served in the Marine Corps before transferring to the Army to become a helicopter pilot...
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COL Leo Thorsness: A Medal of Honor Recipient and POW

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COL Thorsness served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving his wingman’s life, and was a prisoner of war for...
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Cpl. Chuck Miller: The Dangers of Tank Warfare

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Cpl. Miller served as a tank loader and tank commander in WWII....
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Cpl. Clarence Smoyer: The Hero of Cologne

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Smoyer served in WWII as a tank gunner, and became the Hero of Cologne after defeating a German tank in an astounding duel that was caught on came...
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BONUS: What Putin Wants w/Col. Jack Tomarchio

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Col. Tomarchio gives his thoughts on Putin's goals and the war in Ukraine....
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COL Jack Thomas Tomarchio: Military Lawyer During the Invasion of Grenada

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COL Tomarchio talks about going to jump school, defending service members as a military lawyer, and nearly losing his life in Kuwait....
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Sgt. Aurio Pierro: Under Attack From All Sides

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Sgt. Pierro served as a Tank Commander in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy....
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CUCM Johnny McCully: The Battle of Dong Xoai

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CUCM McCully’s battalion thought he was burned alive, but he escaped, and spent over 48 hours on the run, hiding from VC forces without any food, ...
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CCM Jerry Markham: D-Day from a Seabee’s Perspective

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CCM Markham served as a Navy Seabee during World War II and was tasked with destroying German obstacles that could have prevented a successful bea...
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Capt. James Penninger: Glider Pilot on D-Day

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Capt. Penninger served in WWII as a glider pilot, and fought in the Invasion of Normandy....
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PFC Walter Stitt: Tank Gunner in WWII

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PFC Stitt fought in the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge....
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A1C Larry Sutherland Part II: The Attack on Phan Rang

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A1C Sutherland served as Security Policeman in Vietnam, and defended the Phan Rang Air Base from a Vietcong attack....
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A1C Larry Sutherland Part I: USAF Security Police in Vietnam

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A1C Sutherland joined the Security Police training program, but after almost being court martialed, he “volunteered for a kamikaze mission to get ...
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SF3 James Wire Part II: The Invasion of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa

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SF3 Wire served on the USS Missouri during the invasion of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa. It was his job to put out fires and do damage contr...
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SF3 James Wire Part I: Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Tarawa

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SF3 Wire served on the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Tarawa. It was his job to put out fires and do damage con...
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QM2 Brett Jones: Life inside the Navy SEALs and the CIA

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QM2 Jones joined the Navy in 1993, and went on to serve in Iraq as a Navy SEAL and as a member of the CIA....
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2nd LT Harry Loftis: Gliding Over the Beaches of Normandy

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2nd LT Loftis was a glider pilot during WW2, and participated in the D-Day invasion....
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S/Sgt. Joe Longo: Combat Cameraman

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Staff Sergeant Joe Longo served in the Army Air Force during WWII and the Korean War as a combat cameraman on bombing missions....
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Lt Col R.K. Montgomery: The St. Nazaire Raid

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Lt Col Montgomery served in the British Military as a Commando in WWII, and led the demolition teams that destroyed the port in St. Nazaire....
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COL Gail S. Halvorsen: The Candy Bomber

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After the end of WWII, COL Halvorsen dropped candy out of his bomber multiple times for the kids of Berlin to enjoy....
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MOMM3 Norman Jensen: Combat Cameraman in a Submarine Part II

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MOMM3 Norman Jensen served on submarines as a combat cameraman during WW2....
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MOMM3 Norman Jensen: Combat Cameraman in a Submarine Part I

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Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Norman Jensen served on submarines as an unofficial combat cameraman during WW2....
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Medal of Honor Podcast: Eddie Rickenbacker – Ace fighter pilot

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Rickenbacker was awarded the Medal of Honor for destroying two enemy aircraft in a one-versus-seven dogfight behind enemy lines....
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Chief Master Sergeant Doug Morrell Part II: “The Legend” in Vietnam

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CMSGT Morrell was a combat cameraman who accompanied bombing missions. He was shot down in enemy territory and escaped three times....
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Chief Master Sergeant Doug Morrell Part I: “The Legend” in WWII

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CMSGT Morrell was a combat cameraman in WWII who accompanied bombing missions. He was shot down in enemy territory and escaped three times....
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CPT Shad Meshad: Psychiatric Teams in Vietnam Part II

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CPT Meshad served in Vietnam in a psychiatric team where he evaluated and assisted soldiers dealing with mental health issues....
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CPT Shad Meshad: Psychiatric Teams in Vietnam Part I

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CPT Meshad served in Vietnam in a psychiatric team where he evaluated and assisted soldiers dealing with mental health issues....
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Maj James Dunning Part II: The Dieppe Raid

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Dunning describes the infamous Dieppe Raid and becoming an instructor at Achnacarry Castle....
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Maj James Dunning Part I: British Commando in WW2

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Dunning served in the British Army during WW2 as a Commando, and fought in the unsuccessful Dieppe Raid....
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COL Douglas C. Dillard: Paratrooper in the Battle of the Bulge

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COL Dillard almost lost both legs during WWII as a result of the extreme cold during the Battle of the Bulge....
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SGT John E. ‘Swede’ Pearsall: The Surrender of Wake Island

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On this day in 1941, Japanese forces attacked Wake Island. After the Americans surrendered, PFC Pearsall and his fellow Marines were taken as pris...
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CPT Le Roy Torres: The Burn Pits

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In this special episode, CPT Torres explains how landfill-like “burn pits'' in Iraq gave him a chronic lung injury and a toxic brain injury....
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MGen Roger Rowley: Missing D-Day

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MGen Roger Rowley describes his experiences fighting as a ground forces officer in the days following the invasion of Normandy....
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Navy Corpsman Jack Hessman: The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir

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Navy Corpsman Jack Hessman describes the freezing cold conditions he faced and his near death experiences during the Korean War....
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SSG David Bellavia: Medal of Honor in Iraq

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SSG Bellavia served in Iraq, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for clearing a house filled with five insurgents in order to save his squad....
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SPC Rocky Bleier: From Vietnam to the SuperBowl

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After a grenade injured both his legs and sent him home from Vietnam, SPC Rocky Bleier made a full recovery and went on to win four SuperBowls wit...
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Specialist Nathan Dowds: Paratrooper in Iraq & Afghanistan

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Dowds discusses his training, the moments when his life was on the line, and the hazy morality of the conflict....
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BGen Sydney Radley-Walters (Part II): A Tank Ace on D-Day

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BGen Radley-Walters was a tank commander in the Canadian Army and was the Western Allies leading tank killer during WWII...
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BGen Sydney Radley-Walters (Part I): A Tank Ace on D-Day

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BGen Radley-Walters was a tank commander in the Canadian Army and was the Western Allies leading tank killer during WWII....
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Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: WWII & Vietnam Pilot pt.2

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Olds describes his experiences in Vietnam, his most memorable dogfight, and more....
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Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: WWII & Vietnam Pilot pt.1

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Olds talks about his experiences in WWII and about managing fear, and describes the craziest coincidence you’ve ever heard of....
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MAJ Richard Neece Ojeda II: A Lifetime of Service

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Over 24 years, MAJ Ojeda deployed to Germany, Korea, Iraq, Haiti, and Afghanistan, and was almost killed five times....
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CPT Jason Kander: PTSD After Afghanistan

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Kander served as an Army Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan where he conducted extremely dangerous meetings with traffickers, informants, and loc...
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Capt. Tom Smith: Combat Pararescue in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Capt. Tom Smith served as a combat rescue officer and pararescueman in the Air Force....
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Maj. Gen. Frederick “Boots” Blesse (Part III): His Heroes

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Blesses talk about what inspired him to join the Air Force, and the story behind how he met his childhood hero, Freddie Rickenbacker....
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Maj. Gen. Frederick “Boots” Blesse (Part II): “No Guts, No Glory”

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Blesse explains how his motto “No Guts, No Glory” was taught as doctrine throughout the Air force, and how dogfighting has changed over the years....
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Maj. Gen. Frederick “Boots” Blesse (Part I): The Korean War

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Blesse describes his second tour in Korea, a couple of intense dogfights, and becoming a fighter Ace....
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Col. Bud Anderson: The Highest Scoring Living American Fighter Ace Part II

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Anderson is a triple Ace fighter pilot who flew a P-51 Mustang in WWII....
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Col. Bud Anderson: Triple-Ace Mustang Pilot, Part I

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Anderson is credited with 16 aerial combat victories as a P-51 pilot in WWII....
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A Memorial Day Message from Ken Harbaugh

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Ken shares his thoughts about how Memorial Day is celebrated....
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Col. Darrell Whitcomb: The Raven Pilots in Laos Part II

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Whitcomb served in the United States Air Force as an OV-10 Forward Air Controller, and joined the Ravens, a classified program that operated durin...
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Col. Darrell Whitcomb: The Raven Pilots in Laos Part I

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Whitcomb served in the United States Air Force as an OV-10 Forward Air Controller, and joined the Ravens, a classified program that operated durin...
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Col. Ché Bolden: Marine Corps F-18 Weapons Systems Officer

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Bolden describes his time at the Naval Academy, flight school, and serving in the Middle East and the Pacific....
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SPC Jan Scruggs: Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Scruggs recounts his time serving in Vietnam, and how he founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial....
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BONUS: Former CIA Officer David Chasteen

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Former CIA officer David Chasteen provides insight into what part intelligence collection and cyber warfare play in the invasion of Ukraine....
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Sgt. Bill True: The Mark of a True Leader

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WWII Veteran Bill True describes the role of Sergeants in the success of a unit....
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BONUS: A Volunteer Soldier in Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces

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A few weeks ago, Nikolay worked in finance. Now, he’s fighting for his life, his family, and his country....
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Sgt. Bill Taylor: Close Calls in Vietnam

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Sgt. Bill Taylor, a Marine, describes narrowly escaping death in Vietnam...
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BONUS: Aerial Combat, No Fly Zones, and the Skies Over Ukraine

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Ward Carroll, a former F-14 Radar Intercept Officer, discusses aerial combat, no fly zones, the Ghost of Kyiv, and the battle for the skies over U...
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BONUS: Former Navy SEAL Dan Barkhuff Discusses the Russian Invasion

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Dan Barkhuff, a former Navy SEAL, discusses the realities of urban warfare, and what the Russian invasion force is likely to face....
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Sgt. Josh Remillard: A Mortarman in Iraq

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Sgt. Remillard describes how he defied a direct order to protect civilian lives....
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Lt. Col. Darrell Bogan: Air Force Flight Medic

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Lt. Col. Bogan served as a US Air Force flight medic, and credits the military with allowing him to become the first person in the history of his ...
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LCDR Donnelly Wilkes: Battalion Surgeon on the Front Lines in Iraq

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Dr. Wilkes was a battalion surgeon serving with the US Marines during the Battle of Fallujah...
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Dave Lewis: The Journey of an Apache Helicopter Pilot

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Dave Lewis is an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan....
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Lt. Col. Fred Wellman: Survivor’s Guilt as a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot in Iraq

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Lt. Col. Wellman served in the Army as an aviator and public affairs officer during the Gulf War....
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Col. Charles Bussey: Christmas in Korea

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Col. Bussey describes how deadly the conditions were in Korea, how the morality of men changes in war, and how he received the best Christmas pres...
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Sir Ludovic Kennedy: Chasing the Bismarck

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Kennedy tells the story of how the Royal Navy chased the Bismarck, the most powerful German battleship in WWII, through the Atlantic...
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Capt. Joseph K. Taussig Jr: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Capt. Taussig lost his leg defending the USS Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor....
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Joseph Lockard: The Hours Before the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Joseph Lockard was a radar operator who saw the incoming Japanese forces an hour before their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor....
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Lt. Col. Thomas D. Ferran III: Sniping in Vietnam, Part II

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Ferran details the psychological impact of sniping, and now he considers it both an art, and a hunt....
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Lt. Col. Thomas D. Ferran III: Sniping in Vietnam Part I

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Ferran describes the ‘art’ of Sniping, and how it is a very tough and personal business...
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Lt. Col. Amy McGrath: The First Female Marine to Fly a Combat Mission in an F-18

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Lt. Col. Amy McGrath describes her experiences as a woman in the Marine Corps, and her combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific....
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James E.T. Hopkins: WWII Combat Surgeon in Merrill’s Marauders

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James E.T. Hopkins shares the stories of the famous Merrill’s Marauders, who served in Burma in WWII...
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Kris Goldsmith: The Horrific Documentation of Death

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Army Vet Kris Goldsmith describes photographing corpses in Iraq and his struggle with PTSD...
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Col. Logan E. Weston: The Fightin’ Preacher and Merrill’s Marauders in WWII

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Weston describes his combat experience as a part of the famous Merrill’s Marauders, who fought in burma in WWII...
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Master Sergeant Michael ‘Top’ Washington: Counterintelligence in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan

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Master Sergeant ‘Top’ Washington describes his journey from desk work to front-line reconnaissance in the Gulf War...
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Lt. Col. Milt Shalinsky: Becoming a POW in Nazi Germany

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Lt. Col. Milt Shalinsky describes his B-17 crashing near Brunswick Germany, and his experiences as a prisoner of war....
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Col. Kent Harbaugh: Phantom Pilot in Vietnam

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In this special Father’s Day episode, Ken interviews his father, Col. Kent Harbaugh, a Phantom pilot in Vietnam....
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Bonus: Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter’s Memorial Day Speech

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Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter speaks about the importance and origins of Memorial Day...
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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part II

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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy talks about counterintelligence and about suffering a traumatic brain injury from an IED in Iraq...
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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part I

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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy tells stories of serving in counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005....
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Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part II

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In the second of a two-part episode, Col. Bill Gara tells stories of the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 1st Infantry....
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Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part I

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Col. Bill Gara tells stories of the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 1st Infantry, which he led from the 1944 Normandy landings through May of...
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Dr. Jon Heavey: Battalion Surgeon in Iraq

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Dr. Jon Heavey talks about witnessing the cost of war during his service as a battalion surgeon in Iraq....
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Bill Story: The American-Canadian Devil’s Brigade, Part II

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Lieutenant Bill Story remembers his service in World War II in the joint American-Canadian First Special Service Force known as The Devil’s Brigad...
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Bill Story: The American-Canadian Devil’s Brigade, Part I

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Lieutenant Bill Story remembers his service in World War II in the joint American-Canadian First Special Service Force known as The Devil’s Brigad...
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Mike Howard: Serving From the Shadows

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Mike Howard shares stories from his 22 year career with the CIA....
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Winston Roche: World War I from the Trenches, Part II

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In the second of a two-part episode, Lieutenant Colonel Winston Roche shares stories from the World War I trenches....
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Winston Roche: World War I from the Trenches, Part I

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Lieutenant Colonel Winston Roche shares stories from the World War I trenches....
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Jake Wood: Stories of Service in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Jake Wood, veteran and CEO of Team Rubicon, tells stories from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan....
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New Episodes Coming Soon

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In Warriors in Their Own Words, we’ll dig into the archives to bring you stories from wars that have begun to recede in our collective memory. Wor...
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1st Air Cavalry Helicopter Pilot

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The 1st Air Cavalry Division was the most lethal assault force assembled in Vietnam. The pilots were the first to fully harness the power of helic...
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B-29 Bomber Pilot in WWII

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Charles L. Phillips was a 26-year-old Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, piloting B-29 bombers in the Pacific theater during the final years of W...
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German U-Boat Lieutenant

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In this special episode, we feature an interview with a German U-boat veteran from World War II....
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Bob Hoover Legendary Pilot - Part 2

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Bob Hoover learned to fly as a teenager in Tennessee, flew over 50 combat missions in World War II and went on to become a legendary test pilot....
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Bob Hoover Legendary Pilot - Part 1

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Bob Hoover is one of history’s greatest aviators....
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Pacific War Marine in WWII

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John Nicely was a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps during the brutal Pacific island campaigns of WWII....
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Pete Everest Air Force Test Pilot

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General Frank “Pete” Everest was a record-setting US Air Force Test pilot....
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Marine Corps Rifleman in Vietnam

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John C. Muir was a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War....
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WWII Fighter Ace Flies in Korea

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Col. Walker “Bud” Mahurin was an American combat fighter pilot....
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Intelligence Officer Fighting in Europe

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Walter Bodlander was a military intelligence officer for the US Army during WWII....
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Fighter Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen

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Colonel Charles Bussey courageously flew P-51 Mustangs as a fighter pilot in World War II....
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Three War Army Hero

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This episode tells the dramatic story of an Army veteran who served in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam....
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Pacific War Diary

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During World War II, the United States Marines played a central role in the battle for the islands of the Pacific....
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Flying Tigers & Silver Streaks

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This is the tale of two American pilots of World War II. One, R.T. Smith, was a fighter ace in Burma flying P-40s with the legendary Flying Tigers...
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Medal of Honor & Battlefield Recordings

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Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers tells his dramatic stories of combat in North Africa and Europe and details the events surrounding his hero...
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D-Day Diary

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1994 was the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Throughout that year, The Honor Project sat down with dozens of veterans off the Normandy Invasion to hear...
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D-Day The First Hours

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Hours before the Allied Forces hit the beaches of Normandy, courageous British and American soldiers entered France with parachutes and gliders to...
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First Helicopter Combat Rescue Mission

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Today helicopters carry the firepower of an artillery battery and can strike deep behind every lines, flying day or night in any weather....
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Combat Medics in Vietnam

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Combat Medics courageously fought to save lives as the war raged around them in Vietnam....
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Tunnel Rats in Vietnam

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The Tunnel Rats were courageous soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War....
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Snipers in Vietnam

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Military snipers were trained sharpshooters assigned to kill a man with one perfect shot....
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SOG Covert Task Force in Vietnam

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Studies and Observations Group (SOG) was a highly classified, special ops unit that conducted unconventional warfare during the Vietnam War....
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Wild Weasels in Vietnam

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The Wild Weasels of the United States Air Force were some of the most courageous pilots in Vietnam....
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Bat 21 Rescue in Vietnam

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On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, two EB-66 aircraft, call signs Bat 21 and Bat 22 were flying pathfinder escort for three B-52s, which were assign...
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Forward Air Controllers in Vietnam

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Forward Air Controllers or FACs choreographed this skies over the battlefield in Vietnam. They courageously flew low, slow and unarmed over enemy ...
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Vietnam Forward Observers

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During the Vietnam War, all too often the chaos of battle found Allied forces trapped and facing annihilation. The situation called for courageous...
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Iwo Jima

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The battle for Iwo Jima in World War II became the bloodiest in U. S. Marine Corps history. But for survivors like Chuck Tatum, it also represents...
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Marine Raiders in the Pacific

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The Marine Raiders were elite units established by the United States Marine Corp during World War II to conduct special amphibious assault mission...
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Amphibious Assault in the Pacific

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By 1943, the war in the Pacific burned in its full fury. On November 20th, the Allies launched the first amphibious assault against heavily defend...
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Guadalcanal

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The unrelenting ferocity of the Pacific War was without a doubt the bloodiest and most savage of the two theaters of World War II....
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Glider Attack On D-Day

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They are known as America's first military stealth aircraft....
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U.S. Rangers On D-Day

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This episode features the dramatic role of the U.S Rangers on D-Day during World War II. Leonard Lomell and Sidney Salomon, from the 2nd Ranger Ba...
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Hitting the Beach On D-Day

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On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the largest amphibious military assault in history known as D-Day. More than 150,000 American, British and Ca...
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Airborne Assault On D-Day

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June 6th, 1944...D-Day. It was the greatest military assault ever staged....
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Assault on Germany in World War Two

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In 1944, the Allies fought their way from the beaches of Normandy towards German soil....
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Battle of the Bulge

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Toward the end of 1944, it was clear that Germany was losing WWII. Low on fuel, munitions and morale, the ability of the Nazis was slipping away....
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Air War Over Europe in World War Two

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By 1942, the skies over Germany were aflame with German fighters battling Allied bombers for the survival of Europe and the free world....
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Armored Warfare in World War Two

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In this episode of Warriors In Their Own Words, veterans of the 3rd Armored Division, Belton Cooper and Bertrand Close, transport us to the Race A...
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