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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.








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 invasion. The...

Duration: 00:25:46

42 - The Story of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, a national holiday observed every year on November 11th, honors the accomplishments of American Veterans from all of our nation's wars. Veterans Day is a celebration of the men and women who keep us free. But, it wasn't always so. Veterans Day began as a commemoration of the end of World War I and, due to that war's brutality, was a somber reflection of the costs of combat. Our understanding of Veterans Day has changed as has our understanding of the nature of war....

Duration: 00:26:14

41 - Revisiting Alvin York l A Closer Look at the Myths Surrounding the Greatest Legend in All American History

Along with Jim Gavin, Sergeant Alvin York looms as the largest figure in the 100-year history of the 82nd Airborne Division. His evolution from drunken troublemaker to Christian pacifist to God of war to philanthropist is told all over the country and in many parts of France. In fact, we’ve already covered his personal journey in episodes 3 and 4 of this program. Among historians, however, great controversy remains about York’s heroics during World War I. For decades questions have...

Duration: 00:40:34

40 - Hot in the Cold War l DomRep, 1965

It was the spring of 1965: the height of the Cold War. In a post-World War II economy, the United States was soaring, the clearly-identified head of the free world. With the Soviet Union its greatest adversary, the spread of communism was considered the biggest threat to national security. When communist-inspired groups initiated a civil war in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon Johnson was concerned about communism spreading from the Caribean nation throughout the Western...

Duration: 18:38:09

39 - Line in the Sand l War in the Desert

Before the shale oil boom in the United States, Americans were reliant on the flow of oil through the Persian Gulf. The tiny Emirate of Kuwait was a reliable partner for us and a major oil producer in the region. When the country of Iraq invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush launched the 82nd Airborne Division as the initial American ground force in the Persian Gulf under Operation Desert Shield. President Bush explained that he was “drawing a line in the...

Duration: 00:01:04

38 - Natural Disaster l Earthquake in Haiti

In January 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7 earthquake hit Haiti, with the largest impacts just outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. The damage was unthinkable: tens of thousands of buildings destroyed or severely damaged and hundreds of thousands of people killed in the already impoverished country. Many who survived were trapped in rubble or in need of first aid or food and water. Within 48 hours of the initial earthquake the 82nd Airborne Division’s Falcon Brigade, Second Brigade...

Duration: 00:14:31

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...

Duration: 00:15:06

36 – Longest War l Devil Brigade in Afghanistan, 2017

Less than one month ago, President Trump announced that America will “fight to win” in Afghanistan with a revised approach that includes a larger military presence and an emphasis on counterterrorism over nation building. Central to this new strategy is the 82nd Airborne Division. Over this past week, the remainder of our 1st Brigade – the legendary “Devils in Baggy Pants” of World War II – departed Fort Bragg to join their fellow Paratroopers already engaged in combat in Afghanistan. On...

Duration: 12:58:07

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,...

Duration: 00:15:44

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...

Duration: 00:16:06

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...

Duration: 00:29:49

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...

Duration: 00:30:40

31 - Hourglass

Although constituted August 5, 1917, the 82nd Airborne Division was officially manned 20 days later on August 25. This is the day on which we celebrate its birth. One-hundred years later, we are still All American, All the way. We are ready to jump tonight and win tomorrow’s fight as we honor the legacy passed down by those who paved the way for us since our inception. In Episode 31, Joe Buccino and Kenneth Clarke bring the conversation they had in episode 30 about the Division’s Century...

Duration: 00:12:19

30 - A Century of Service

The All American Division was born in August, 1917 at Camp Gordon, Georgia for entry into World War I. Since its designation as an airborne unit, the Division has played a critical role in almost every major conflict involving U.S. forces, from WWII to the Global War on Terror. One-hundred years after its constitution, we celebrate a legacy we have inherited by the many who paved the way for us during this Century of Service. Always ready to jump, fight and defend our Nation’s interests...

Duration: 00:52:50

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...

Duration: 00:26:41

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...

Duration: 00:20:17

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...

Duration: 00:15:00

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...

Duration: 00:21:10

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...

Duration: 00:25:27

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...

Duration: 00:15:13

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