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The All American Legacy Podcast explores the 100 year history of the 82nd Airborne Division.

The All American Legacy Podcast explores the 100 year history of the 82nd Airborne Division.
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The All American Legacy Podcast explores the 100 year history of the 82nd Airborne Division.








50 - Airborne Leader l A Discussion With A Paratrooper Turned Statesman

Chris Gibson had been an All American Paratrooper for two decades. He commanded All American Paratroopers in Iraq in 2005 and later commanded our Falcon Brigade, leading the brigade into Haiti in response to the catastrophic earthquake there. He ended a promising career headed toward the top of our Army to run for elected office, representing a district in New York for eight years. Chris shares his story with us, describes what drove him to run for office, and how the values and...


49 - America’s 911 - The Global Response Force

Episode 49 of the All American Legacy podcast examines the 82nd Airborne Division’s current role as the Global Response Force - the rapid reaction force on call at all times for the Nation. We learn what it means for our units and Paratroopers to serve on the knife’s edge of readiness and what it takes to maintain the Global Response Force. The All American Legacy podcast is produced by the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office and tells the story of America’s greatest Division....


48 - The Are Only Gone If They Are Forgotten l Memories of the 505th

Steve Zaley spent three decades listening to his father’s stories about fighting in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He spent another decade writing a full anthology about his father’s experience. That book, “They Are Only Gone If They Are Forgotten,” is the subject of episode 47 of the All American Legacy podcast. Steve walks in his father’s shoes, taking us through the formation of th 505th in 1942, then onto North Africa, Sicily,...


47 - Airborne Leadership l A Discussion with Mentors For Military

In this episode of the All American Legacy podcast, we’re joined by two special guests: Mike Pritts and Robert Gowin of the Mentors for Military podcast to discuss the differences between leadership in airborne units versus the conventional Army.


46 - Watershed l Lessons Learned in Grenada

Thirty four years ago the United States invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, rescued some medical students, and rounded-up a gang of thugs and criminals, along with their Cuban communist backers. The 82nd Airborne Division, in a display of its rapid response capability, led the charge. If you did not know or do not remember this, you’re not alone. In fact, more than a few people back then had a hard time pronouncing the name of the place or even locating it in the right...


45 - The Brave Ones l A Discussion with Mike MacLeod

All American Paratrooper Mike MacLeod had an interesting journey to America’s Guard of Honor. Already a professional photographer and journalist with a wife and teenage children, he enlisted in the Army and ended up in the 82nd Airborne Division at age 41 during a critical moment in our War on Terror. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with our legendary Devil Brigade, the forebears of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. During his time with the Division, Mike became one of the most...


43 - Boots On the Ground l The 2003 Invasion of Iraq

On episode 43 of the All American Legacy podcast, host Joe Buccino speaks with reporter Karl Zinsmeister. Karl has written several books about the war in Iraq over the years, but this discussion focuses on his 2003 book “Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq.” As the title implies, Karl was embedded with the 82nd Airborne Division during the early days of that war; in fact, this was the first book published by an embedded reporter after the...


37 - Paid in Blood l A Story of Partnership, A Story of Victory

Last week our Falcon Brigade, the Second Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, returned from a nine-month combat deployment to Iraq and Syria. While there, they supported their Iraqi partners in retaking Mosul, the “caliphate” of the Islamic State, from ISIS. Our Paratroopers, along with the Iraqi Security Forces, then very quickly, very violently reclaimed the city of Tal Afar, the last ISIS holdout in Iraq. Having defeated ISIS in Iraq, the Falcon Paratroopers return having...


35 - War on Terror l Baghdad 2003

In the aftermath of 9/11 President George W. Bush declared a Global War on Terror. Following the invasion of Afghanistan in October, 2001, U.S. forces invaded Iraq, believing president Saddam Hussein sponsored terrorist groups and possessed weapons of mass destruction. As it was in Saint Mihiel, Normandy, the Dominican Republic, and Kuwait, America’s Guard of Honor was at the forefront of the initial assault in 2003. Episode 35 of the All American Legacy podcast, “War on Terror: Baghdad,...


Episode 34 - The Battle Against ISIS l Falcon Brigade in Iraq and Syria

For the past eight months, Falcon Brigade, the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has been a critical part of the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Falcon Paratroopers assisted Iraqi forces in the fierce fight to liberate Mosul of ISIS. Just last week, Falcon Brigade assisted in the liberation of Tal Afar, the last remaining Iraqi ISIS stronghold. This podcast, recorded in Iraq over the past two weeks, does not present our history; our Paratroopers are adding to our...


33 - A Violent, Complicated Place l Success and Tragedy in Kosovo, Part 2

In Episode 33, part 2 of our 2 part series, “A Violent, Complicated Place,” the story of our paratroopers in Kosovo takes a dark turn as a shocking war crime threatens the progress made by the All Americans. The fallout is immediate, rocking the region and our paratroopers. It was a moment the men who served their will never forget and here they tell their stories. This episode contains descriptions of graphic sexual violence and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The All American...


32 - A Violent, Complicated Place l Success and Tragedy in Kosovo, Part 1

In 1999, the eyes of the world once again turned to the 82nd Airborne Division. With the breakup of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Balkans collapsed into a vision of hell; decades of hatred between Serbs and Albanians boiled over and the region exploded into an orgy of violence. Lawlessness prevailed, innocents were massacred, the streets ran red with blood. Torture chambers and mass grave sites were more prevalent than schools and police stations. President Bill Clinton declared...


29 - Jump Scratched l The Combat Jump That Never Happened

Episode 29 - Jump Scratched I The Combat Jump That Never Happened On the evening of September 18, 1994, almost 3,000 All American Paratroopers were packed, rigged, armed, and ready. Loaded down with M16s, ammunition, water, flashlights, and parachutes, they were stuffed in the back of C-130s and two hours away from an airborne invasion into Haiti. For many, this would be their first taste of combat. They were carried by adrenaline, by dreams of airborne glory, by a vision of a return to...


28 - Paratroopers on Fire l Disaster at Green Ramp

The March 23, 1994 collision of an F-16 and a C-130 at Fort Bragg’s Green Ramp is among the deadliest accidents in U.S. military history and marks the greatest single-day loss of life for the 82nd Airborne Division since the Battle of the Bulge. On this episode of the All American Legacy podcast, we honor the 24 All American Paratroopers killed on Green Ramp that day and tell stories of the courageous first responders who prevented many more deaths. Those who died are immortalized on the...


27 - Victory l The End and Life after WWII

World War II is coming to an end and the 82nd Airborne Division is making its final push into Germany. In this episode we discuss the closing days of the war, joining our All Americans in Rhiems, France where the deeply weathered Paratroopers receive replacements, equipment and begin training for a potential jump into Germany. During one of their training jumps, an aircraft malfunction leads to several losses in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Only days before the war’s end, the...


26 - Brutal War l The Battle of the Bulge

We’ve almost made our way through World War II. For this episode, we hear from Paratroopers who fought in some of the fiercest conditions of the war. During the final German offensive that began in December 1944, the Battle of the Bulge, the 82nd was rushed into combat with little food, ammunition, and winter clothing. The Paratroopers held their ground against German tanks and artillery, pushing back and by February 1945 had pushed into Germany. We also dig into who actually said the...


25 - The French Hat I The History of the Maroon Beret

Within the culture of the 82nd Airborne Division, few symbols are more recognizable than the maroon beret, the odd-looking hat of the 19th century French peasant that has come to represent the American Paratrooper. In this episode of the All American Legacy Podcast, we uncover the history of our distinctive headgear. We found that our use of the maroon beret has a surprisingly complicated history and once served as the source of an Army-wide controversy. For this episode, we spoke with a...


24 - Riot in the Streets I The All Americans Respond to the 1968 DC Riots

When you study the 82nd Airborne Division through the lens of American history over the past one hundred years you find that all the important occasions - the defining events that shaped our Nation - are somehow touched by the All Americans. On this episode of the All American Legacy podcast, we bring you back to a time when the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to restore order. This time, not in some far-off country. This time, the mission for the All Americans was in America. On this...


23 - Gurilla War I The 82nd Airborne in Vietnam

Today we move forward in the chronology of All American history to a dark period for our country: the Vietnam War. This was a time of domestic strife; the war was unpopular, anti-war protests were held all over the country, and there was national opposition to the draft instituted to support the conflict. In February, 1968, against this backdrop of turmoil, a brigade of Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division was ordered to Vietnam as an emergency measure in response to the Communist...


22 - Sanctuary l A Commemoration of D Day

Episode 22 — Sanctuary l A Commemoration of D Day The All American Division formed in Georgia, reformed in Louisiana and is now headquartered in North Carolina. But the All American Legacy really started in Sainte-Mère-Église, the town we liberated on D Day. It was this town, popularized in the movie “The Longest Day,” that introduced the 82nd Airborne Division to the imagination of the western world. Sainte-Mère-Église was merely a point on a map for our Paratroopers on the night of...