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Veterans Chronicles

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Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses to the great, and tragic, moments in military history. From D-Day to Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh to the "Hanoi Hilton", Baghdad to Fallujah, the liberation of Grenada to the liberation of Afghanistan; Veterans Chronicles is history told from the perspective of those who were there.

Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses to the great, and tragic, moments in military history. From D-Day to Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh to the "Hanoi Hilton", Baghdad to Fallujah, the liberation of Grenada to the liberation of Afghanistan; Veterans Chronicles is history told from the perspective of those who were there.
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Elkhart, IN

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Radio America

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Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses to the great, and tragic, moments in military history. From D-Day to Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh to the "Hanoi Hilton", Baghdad to Fallujah, the liberation of Grenada to the liberation of Afghanistan; Veterans Chronicles is history told from the perspective of those who were there.

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Language:

English

Contact:

American Veterans Center 1100 N. Glebe Rd. Suite 910 Arlington, VA 22201 703-302-1012


Episodes

Daniel Durso, U.S. Army WWII Veteran

8/7/2019
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Daniel Durso served in the U.S. Army during WWII in a Tank Battalion. He served in the European Theater and recounts his experiences fighting with his fellow soldiers and defeating the Nazis. Greg Corombos conducts the interview with Daniel.

Duration:00:42:37

Amelia Cunningham, U.S. Air Force Veteran

7/30/2019
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Amelia Cunningham was one of the few black women to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 1954. Still sharp and spunky at 85 years young, Ms. Cunningham reflects on her service, and a recent Honor Flight trip she made to Washington, DC.

Duration:00:35:06

David Lucier, Vietnam Veteran

7/16/2019
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David Lucier served in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret. Upon returning home, he experienced Post-Traumatic Stress, and had difficulty transitioning out of his military life. He eventually sought the care he needed and is an advocate for veterans coping with mental health challenges.

Duration:00:38:22

Wade Spann, Iraq Veteran

7/9/2019
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Wade Spann is a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq. He was in boot camp on September 11, 2001, and was among the first US Marines in Iraq. Following his service, he has become active in helping his fellow veterans find the support and resources they need while transitioning back into civilian life.

Duration:01:10:56

Marc Yablonka: Vietnam Bao Chi

7/2/2019
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Marc Yablonka is a military journalist and author. He has written for Stars and Stripes, Soldier of Fortune, Army Times, and previously worked for ABC and Reuters. He also served as a Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Army's 40th Infantry Division Support Brigade. This conversation focuses on his book 'Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film,' which brings together interviews with 35 combat correspondents who reported on the war in Vietnam.

Duration:00:40:58

Lt. Colonel Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airman

6/25/2019
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A veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Colonel Robert Friend flew 142 combat missions with the famed unit and served as wingman to the unit's leader, the first African American general in the Air Force, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Lt. Col. Friend passed away on June 21, 2019 at age 99. We are honored to have had the opportunity to record his story, and we will remember his incredible legacy.

Duration:00:33:33

Lauran Glover, Fmr. US Army Drill Team CDR

6/18/2019
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Captain Lauran Glover made history in 2014 as the first female commander of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Drill Team. Captain Glover reflects on her service, including a tour at Guantanamo Bay and as Platoon Leader for the Old Guard's 289th Military Police (M.P.) Company. Since her time as Drill Team Commander, Capt. Glover has begun a doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Duration:00:38:36

PFC Deloris Ruddock, The Six Triple Eight

6/11/2019
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PFC Deloris Ruddock enlisted in the Women's Army Corps in October 1943 in Washington, DC. She would be assigned to the history-making 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female African American unit deployed overseas during WWII. They were sent to Birmingham, England and Rouen, France to sort through the two year logjam of mail to send to American troops overseas.

Duration:00:37:46

Lt. Col. James Harvey III

6/4/2019
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Lt. Colonel James Harvey III served as a pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the famed Tuskegee Airmen. In 1949 he flew on the team that won the military's first "Top Gun" contest in 1949. He was the first African American jet fighter pilot to fly in the Korean War, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Duration:00:37:33

Lt. Jason Redman, US Navy SEAL (Ret.)

5/28/2019
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Lt. Jason Redman spent eight years as an enlisted U.S. Navy SEAL, and was commissioned as a SEAL Officer in 2004. He completed combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lt. Redman's Assault Team came under heavy fire and he was severely wounded. While recovering at Bethesda Medical Center, Redman authored a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star with...

Duration:00:35:58

Tom Cotton: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Old Guard

5/21/2019
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U.S. Senator of Arkansas Tom Cotton discusses his distinguished service in the U.S. Army. Cotton served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is a recipient of the Bronze Star, and served with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as the Old Guard. The unit conducts funerals for soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, and is the topic of Cotton’s new book Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery.

Duration:00:47:36

Arnold Taylor, Military Policeman, WWII

5/14/2019
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Arnold Taylor served in the U.S. Army's 99th Infantry Division as a Military Policeman during World War II. Taylor served in Europe with the unit as it advanced into Germany, and witnessed the terrible impact of war on the German people. The horrors of war shaped Arnold Taylor into a man of peace, and when he returned home he devoted his life to helping others. Arnold Taylor was a good friend of the AVC's, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade for the past fifteen years. This...

Duration:00:37:15

Colonel Anthony Wood: The Fall of Saigon

4/30/2019
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During his second tour in Vietnam, Colonel Anthony Wood was tasked with planning and executing the evacuation of Saigon, the capital city of South Vietnam. When the city fell to the NVA on April 30, 1975, Col. Wood worked with about 100 American civilian volunteers who assumed great risk in helping Vietnamese citizens flee from the collapsing city.

Duration:00:35:44

America Strikes Back: The Doolittle Raid

4/16/2019
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On April 18, 1942, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders left a legacy by boosting American morale after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The story of the Doolittle Raiders is one of extraordinary valor and serves an example of the courage and selflessness presented by veterans of the Greatest Generation. As we mourn the passing of Lt. Colonel Richard E. Cole - the last surviving Doolittle Raider - and honor the 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid this week, we're sharing a special documentary program...

Duration:01:21:06

Miki Nguyen: A Family's Escape from Saigon

4/2/2019
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Miki Nguyen is the son of Ba Nguyen, a South Vietnamese Air Force helicopter pilot who demonstrated incredible heroism on April 29, 1975. As Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces, Ba Nguyen commandeered a massive Chinook CH-47, loaded up with his family and friends, and embarked on a daring mission to escape to refuge. Miki was just six years old, but the dramatic event has stayed with him many years later.

Duration:00:43:05

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, 101st Airborne Division on D-Day

3/19/2019
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PFC James “Pee Wee” Martin, veteran of G Company, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, saw some of the greatest action of the European theater throughout World War II. PFC Martin participated in the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, parachuting into the town of St. Come du Mont, and taking part in the fight to liberate France. Martin and his comrades held the Belgian town of Bastogne as part of the larger Battle of the Bulge – a vital objective in preventing the...

Duration:00:38:32

Col. Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman

3/5/2019
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Colonel Charles McGee's distinguished flying career has seen three wars and witnessed critical moments in American history. A veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, Col. McGee flew missions with the famed Red Tails during World War II. He is the recipient of three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and would go on to set an Air Force record of 409 combat missions flown during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Duration:00:59:48

George Mendonsa & Greta Friedman: VJ Day in Times Square

2/19/2019
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Many know the photo, few know the story. The famed photo "VJ Day in Times Square" and its key figures - US Navy sailor George Mendonsa, and dental assistant Greta Friedman - share their stories recalling that infamous day, August 14, 1945. They recount their experiences during the Second World War, and upon learning they were featured in one of the most iconic photos of the twentieth century. These interviews were recorded in 2014. Greta Friedman passed away on September 8, 2016, and George...

Duration:00:35:15

Bill Lord, Vietnam Veteran

1/7/2019
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Bill Lord was a young draftee at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant carrying a radio in the U.S. Army's Charlie Company, 4th/47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Later in his career he served as television news executive and general manager of WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. His book "50 Years After Vietnam" is available here: https://www.amazon.com/50-Years-After-Vietnam-Fighting-ebook/dp/B07H8R6G14. Learn more about the American Veterans Center:...

Duration:00:36:56

Harold Brown, Combat Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen

12/21/2018
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A veteran of the Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Colonel Harold Brown is a combat pilot of 30 missions, shot down over enemy territory on March 14, 1945.

Duration:00:31:47