231 episodes

"War Stories" is conversational military history hosted by Preston Stewart and Sayre Payne. Storytelling military and historical events from WWI to WWII, Korea to Vietnam, and Iraq to Afghanistan, we bring on varied guests to help continue to document our warriors, both past and present.

Support War Stories on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast

War Stories with Preston and Sayre Preston Stewart

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 10 Ratings

"War Stories" is conversational military history hosted by Preston Stewart and Sayre Payne. Storytelling military and historical events from WWI to WWII, Korea to Vietnam, and Iraq to Afghanistan, we bring on varied guests to help continue to document our warriors, both past and present.

Support War Stories on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast

    225: Fighting the Global War on Terror with the Bastogne Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division

    225: Fighting the Global War on Terror with the Bastogne Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division

    Today we are joined with Michael Franks. Michael joined the Army in 2005 on an 18X contract inbound to Special Forces. Injury changed his course where he then found himself with the historic 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry (No Slack) of the 101st Airborne Division.

    Michael served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with No Slack and served during the events which were filmed for the documentary Hornet's Nest—specifically the Battle of Barawala Kalay Valley.  We highly recommend giving Hornet's Nest a watch if you haven't already seen it.

    We discuss Michael's experience and feelings during the Global War on Terror, and the meaning many of us learned then, and continue to search for.

    Since leaving active duty, Michael transitioned to the Army Reserves and for his "day-job," serves as a senior wealth advisor in the Cincinnati, OH area.

    • 54 min
    224: David Bellavia - Remember the Ramrods

    224: David Bellavia - Remember the Ramrods

    We are joined today with David Bellavia. Famed for his legendary valor and determination, Bellavia is the Iraq War's sole living Medal of Honor recipient for his actions on November 10, 2004 as a squad leader with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (known as the 'Ramrods') during the Second Battle of Fallujah.

    Bellavia's best-selling book House to House: An Epic Memoir of War captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading Third Platoon, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah's militant insurgents where he single-handedly cleared a fortified enemy position that had pinned down a squad from his platoon.

    We discuss with David his reflections on the war experience and living life on the home front as both a combat veteran adjusting to the civilian world, but also the duty and role of being a living Medal of Honor recipient.

    His new book, Remember the Ramrods An Army of Brotherhood in War and Peace covers the journey of Bellavia’s platoon through fifteen years. A quintessential and timeless American tale, it is the story of how forty battle-hardened soldiers became ordinary citizens again; what they did during that time, and how November 10, 2004, rattled within them; and how their reunion brought them home at last.

    David is one of the most inspiring, motivating, and determined leader, Soldier, and author who rose to the call of action during the Global War on Terror. It was an absolute honor and pleasure.



    http://www.davidbellavia.com/

    https://duty1st.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    223: Chuck Holton - Reporting events on the ground in Ukraine

    223: Chuck Holton - Reporting events on the ground in Ukraine

    Today we are joined with Chuck Holton to discuss Ukraine. Chuck is a former Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment having served in Panama for Operation Just Cause. After leaving the military, Chuck has spent the last twenty years as an American war correspondent. He is also a published author, motivational speaker and has also been a freelance cameraman for Fox News, following Oliver North on his travels. Holton is currently a War Correspondent for Newsmax.

    We discuss with Chuck his experiences in Ukraine as he spent time there a few months ago and will be going back soon. Chuck has a depth of experience both personally and professionally in combat zones and has much insight to offer into the ongoing war.

    • 59 min
    222: Diving into the Civil War with James Cosgrove of Project Past

    222: Diving into the Civil War with James Cosgrove of Project Past

    Today we are joined with James Cosgrove. James is the curator of Project Past which explores American battlefields, museums, and little-known historic sites here in the United States. His page highlights many historic American landmarks such as Yorktown, the Battle of New Orleans, Gettysburg, the National WWII Museum, and many more.

    We discuss with James his love of American history, as well as the many takeaways he has from documenting these sites across America. While many of our War Stories conversations are typically about America’s involvement overseas, it’s nice to discuss older American battle sites as well here on the home front, which are the stories of America’s beginning.

    Project Past YouTube Page:

    https://www.youtube.com/c/ProjectPast1565



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    • 54 min
    221: Sharing insights from the war in Ukraine with Ian Richardson

    221: Sharing insights from the war in Ukraine with Ian Richardson

    Today, we are again joined with Ian Richardson to discuss Ukraine. Ian is a Captain in the Army Reserve and formerly served as a Logistics Officer in Iraq in 2020. He is a published museum professional at the Patton Museum with nearly a decade of experience and a focus in 20th century warfare.

    Ian has spent the last several months continuing to research and study the ongoing war in Ukraine and recently has presented topics regarding the war and history of Ukraine/Russian to both basic training recruits as well as Army ROTC cadets. We discuss his take on the situation, with much background context surrounding the region as well as his thoughts about what the future has in store.



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    220: Why Ukraine Matters with John Spencer

    220: Why Ukraine Matters with John Spencer

    We are joined again today with John Spencer to talk Ukraine. Spencer is an award-winning scholar, professor, author, combat veteran, and internationally recognized expert and advisor on urban warfare and other military related topics. Considered one of the world’s leading expert on urban warfare, he served as an advisor to the top four-star general and other senior leaders in the U.S. Army as part of strategic research groups from the Pentagon to the United States Military Academy.

    We discuss the ongoing Ukrainian/Russian war and how it fits historically and geopolitically with both the United States and the "free" world. This was a fascinating conversation as John offers many interesting perspectives and insights involving democracy, freedom, and the American spirit.

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Jo566 ,

Fantastic critical evaluation of warfare

I served in the UK military, got damaged, and my family are Ukrainian
So, this whole series is engrossing. Especially the Ian Cold War expert
My grand-parent endured the induced famine of the 30’s but to have it put into current context / conflict was insightful

IED 1970 ,

Embarrassing

This podcast is so US centric. This battle was fought by a team of UK SF with one SEAL attached. Plus the Northern Alliance. In fact a UK soldier was honoured by the US government for their actions. Bad telling of an amazing story

bob-dodo ,

Real class conversations with those who’ve served

Preston and Sayre offer thoughtful interviews with a wide range of veterans and those serving. So far my favourite is Doug Mater, who happens to be Preston’s father-in-law, about his service in the US Navy during the Vietnam war. For those who think it’s about glamorising conflict, it isn’t, it’s much more emotionally intelligent and aware than that. Pick a couple and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something and be impressed.

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