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Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.

Veterans Chronicles Radio America

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Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.

    Tom Rice, U.S. Army Airborne, D-Day World War II

    Tom Rice, U.S. Army Airborne, D-Day World War II

    The first Americans to set foot in Europe on D-Day in June 1944 were the paratroopers, including the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division.

    California native Tom Rice was the first man from the 101st to jump out of his plane into the pitch black night over the Normandy coast.

    In this edition of Veterans Chronicles, Rice tells host Greg Corombos about the difficulties of getting out of the plane, trying to find the rest of his unit scattered across the French countryside, and fighting his way out of Normandy.

    Rice also shares his experiences from the unsuccessful airborne attempt to cross the Rhine in September 1944 known as Operation Market Garden. He also details fighting and getting injured at the Battle of the Bulge and what he felt when the war in Europe came to an end.

    Finally, Rice tells why he decided to re-enact his jump into Normandy again in 2019 at 97-years-old for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

    • 45 Min.
    Bill Van Scoyoc, World Trade Center, 9/11

    Bill Van Scoyoc, World Trade Center, 9/11

    Rick Rescorla served as a British paratrooper but after coming to the United States he joined the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of Vietnam. His heroism at the battle of Ia Drang is immortalized in "We Were Soldiers Once...And young." Rescorla served 27 years in service to our nation, retiring in 1990.

    After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Rescorla took on a security leadership role for Morgan Stanley, the largest tenant in the World Trade Center.

    Rescorla trained the tenants of the skyscrapers how to respond in an emergency and on September 11, 2001, his efforts paid off. An evacuation that took two hours back in 1993, took less than 12 minutes on 9/11. Thousands of lives were saved. Rescorla was not among them as he stayed inside until everyone else got out.

    In this podcast, Rescorla's Morgan Stanley colleague Bill Van Scoyoc discusses the legacy of Rick Rescorla and walks us moment by moment through the harrowing events of 9/11.

    • 33 Min.
    Lt. Jason Redman, US Navy SEAL (Ret.), Afghanistan & Iraq

    Lt. Jason Redman, US Navy SEAL (Ret.), Afghanistan & Iraq

    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 Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards.

    • 33 Min.
    Daniel Durso, U.S. Army, WWII

    Daniel Durso, U.S. Army, WWII

    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.

    • 40 Min.
    Capt. Kevin Rosenblum, U.S. Army, Iraq War

    Capt. Kevin Rosenblum, U.S. Army, Iraq War

    U.S. Amy veteran Kevin Rosenblum shares his story of joining the ROTC program in college, never thinking he would end up in combat. A short time later, the 9/11 attacks changed everything.

    Kevin describes his preparation for war and the most intense moments of combat while in theater. He also details his struggles with post-traumatic stress, what helped him deal with it, and how he got to know President George W. Bush as he recovered.

    • 32 Min.
    Col. Joseph Peterburs, U.S. Air Force, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Col. Joseph Peterburs, U.S. Air Force, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Joseph Peterburs was in seminary to be a priest, but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed those plans. After being rejected by the U.S. Navy, Peterburs joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.

    By late 1944, he was in England and flying P-51's to escort bombing missions over mainland Europe. He flew 49 missions in all, but the last one is the most memorable.

    In this interview with Greg Corombos, Peterburs talks about his targeting of a German ME-262 that he believed he shot down, how he was then shot down and taken prisoner only to escape and end up fighting alongside troops of one of our allies. He also shares the amazing story about that mission that unfolded decades later.

    Also a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Peterburs offers an engaging history of his service in World War II, his harrowing air combat experiences in Korea, and more.

    • 39 Min.

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