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This show shines a spotlight on history through the voices of those who lived it, those who fought on the frontlines of freedom. With a different veteran of World War II featured each week, the show is a free-flowing journey back in time, complete with music from the 1940s.

This show shines a spotlight on history through the voices of those who lived it, those who fought on the frontlines of freedom. With a different veteran of World War II featured each week, the show is a free-flowing journey back in time, complete with music from the 1940s.
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Location:

Fresno, CA

Description:

This show shines a spotlight on history through the voices of those who lived it, those who fought on the frontlines of freedom. With a different veteran of World War II featured each week, the show is a free-flowing journey back in time, complete with music from the 1940s.

Language:

English

Contact:

559-285-5975


Episodes

Hitting the Century Mark

10/20/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 99-year-old Victor Avakian of Fresno, CA appears on episode #546 of Hometown Heroes, airing October 18-21, 2018. Avakian, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in November, served in the 679th Medical Collecting Co...

Duration:00:52:47

Close Calls on Cruiser, Carrier

10/13/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 95-year-old Ray Loyd of Grover Beach, CA appears on episode #545 of Hometown Heroes, airing October 11-14, 2018....

Duration:01:01:49

Marine Wounded on Iwo Jima

10/6/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 93-year-old Karl Appel of Los Osos, CA appears on episode #544 of Hometown Heroes, airing October 4-7, 2018. A native of Brentwood, PA, Appel served with the 3rd Marine Division during World War II. Listen to Homet...

Duration:00:52:06

Ship Struck by Two Kamikazes

9/29/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 94-year-old Bob Mettauer of Santa Maria, CA appears on episode #543 of Hometown Heroes, airing September 27-30, 2018. Born, along with his twin sister, in Queens Village, NY, Bob became a plank owner – a memb...

Duration:00:50:56

Pictures for Heroes

9/22/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window Episode #542 of Hometown Heroes, airing September 20-23, 2018 focuses on Pictures for Heroes, with comments from photographer Zach Coco, as well as three of the World War II veterans he has photographed. “Pic...

Duration:00:53:35

Hellcat Pilot’s Navy Cross

9/15/2018
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*IN MEMORIAM* Lee Nordgren passed away September 19, 2018, less than a week after his interview aired on Hometown Heroes. Read this obituary column from the Mankato Free Press. Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 94-year-old Lee Nordgren of Mankato, ...

Duration:00:52:13

Merchant Marine’s Miraculous Story

9/1/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 94-year-old Chuck Farritor of Claremont, CA appears on episode #539 of Hometown Heroes, airing August 30-September 2, 2018. A native of Custer County, Nebraska, Farritor served on troop ships, hospital ships, and s...

Duration:01:08:48

Operation Ivory Soap

8/25/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 92-year-old Bob Kamin of Henderson, NV appears on episode #538 of Hometown Heroes, airing August 23-26, 2018. A native of Chicago, IL, Kamin shares his memories from a little known military initiative (classified a...

Duration:00:53:20

P-38 Pilot Loved the Lightning

8/18/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 95-year-old Don Stoutenborough of Laguna Woods, CA appears on episode #537 of Hometown Heroes, airing August 16-19, 2018, remembering his 76 World War II missions as a P-38 pilot with the 95th Fighter Squadron, 82n...

Duration:00:52:24

D-Day Vet Can Fix Anything

8/11/2018
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*IN MEMORIAM* Phil Reed passed away September 24, 2018 at the age of 98. Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 98-year-old Phil Reed appears on episode #536 of Hometown Heroes, recorded in his vintage car museum in Santa Fe Springs, CA, and airing Augu...

Duration:00:52:52

Reconnected After 7 Decades

8/4/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 94-year-old Gloria Saucier of Las Vegas, NV appears on episode #535 of Hometown Heroes, airing August 2-5, 2018. A native of Roselle Park, NJ, Gloria served in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World Wa...

Duration:00:52:26

Test Pilot’s Adventures

7/28/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 87-year-old Don Mallick of Lancaster, CA appears on episode #534 of Hometown Heroes, airing July 26-29, 2018. A native of Neville Island, PA, Mallick was a Navy fighter pilot before moving into a long career in fli...

Duration:01:21:58

Remembering a Spirited Survivor

7/21/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window Episode #533 of Hometown Heroes, airing July 21, 2018, is a tribute to Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Lishman, who passed away July 6 at the age of 97. Some of the audio you’ll hear in this episode of Hometown H...

Duration:00:51:53

From Lookout to Professor

7/14/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 93-year-old Bill Venuti of Los Gatos, CA appears on episode #532 of Hometown Heroes, airing July 12-15, 2018. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Venuti served aboard the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) during Worl...

Duration:00:55:04

Berlin Airlift, 70 Years Later

7/7/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 91-year-old John Durant of Fresno, CA appears on episode #531 of Hometown Heroes, airing July 5-8, 2018. A Massachusetts native, Durant served with the 45th Air Depot Group in Europe during World War II, before emb...

Duration:00:57:31

The Typhoon Hunters

6/30/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 93-year-old Richard Cruise of Bakersfield, CA appears on episode #530 of Hometown Heroes, airing June 28-July 1, 2018. A native of East Lansing, MI, Cruise served as a B-24 navigator with the 55th Reconnaissance Sq...

Duration:00:57:10

USMC Vet Still Running at 92

6/23/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 92-year-old Albert Mezzetti of Manteca, CA appears on episode #529 of Hometown Heroes, airing June 21-24, 2018. A native of Muskegon, MI, Mezzetti was one of three brothers to serve in World War II. Enlisting in th...

Duration:00:53:26

Living History, Preserving History

6/16/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 91-year-old Murray Lee of San Diego appears on episode #528 of Hometown Heroes, airing June 14-17, 2018. Born on a Michigan farm, raised in Detroit and Washington, D.C., Lee served in the U.S. Merchant Marine befor...

Duration:00:55:36

D-Day Vets Mark 74th Anniversary

6/9/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window Episode #527 of Hometown Heroes, airing June 7-10, 2018, features two D-Day veterans who continue to do everything they can to honor those courageous Americans who perished on June 6, 1944 and throughout World War ...

Duration:01:01:06

Saving the Sand Lance

6/2/2018
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Use controls above or click here to open this Hometown Heroes podcast in a new window 96-year-old Del Schwictenberg of Carson City, NV appears on episode #526 of Hometown Heroes, airing June 1-3, 2018. Born in Minnesota and raised in Illinois, Schwictenberg enlisted in the Navy in July, 1940, shortl...

Duration:00:54:21