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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify

Sgt. Aurio Pierro: Under Attack From All Sides

| S:2 E:83
Sgt. Aurio Pierro: Under Attack From All Sides

Sergeant Aurio Pierro served as a Tank Commander in WWII. He fought amongst the notoriously difficult hedgerows during the Invasion of Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Pierro and his platoon were under heavy fire in an extended battle with the Germans. After their tank was heavily damaged and they ran out of ammo, they left their tank and took cover in a bakery, but Pierro was injured in the process. The bakery was shelled relentlessly from all sides, and soon caught on fire, so they were forced to move down to the cellar. The Germans told Pierro and his platoon to surrender, but they refused. They spent the night in the cellar, and in the morning, fought their way back to their tank, suffering heavy casualties.

Where to Listen

Find us in your favorite podcast app.

Transcript

Recent Episodes

View All

Glider Infantry in The Battle of the Bulge: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part II

Warriors in their Own Words | S:2 E:134
2Lt. Clark recounts Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and freeing the prisoners of Wöbbelin Concentration Camp....
Listen to Glider Infantry in The Battle of the Bulge: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part II

Glider Infantry on D-Day: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part I

Warriors in their Own Words | S:2 E:133
In honor of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, 2Lt. Daniel Clark gives his recollection of that day from the perspective of a Glider Infantryman....
Listen to Glider Infantry on D-Day: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part I

Inside the Black Sheep Squadron: LTC Henry Mayo “Hank” Bourgeois

Warriors in their Own Words | S:2 E:132
LTC Bourgeois recounts his time as a fighter pilot in WWII....
Listen to Inside the Black Sheep Squadron: LTC Henry Mayo “Hank” Bourgeois

An Insurgent’s Nightmare: MSG Earl Plumlee

Warriors in their Own Words | S:2 E:131
MSG Earl Plumlee was awarded the Medal of Honor for the role he played in defending his FOB in Afghanistan. Under heavy fire, he neutralized sever...
Listen to An Insurgent’s Nightmare: MSG Earl Plumlee