Veterans Chronicles tells the stories of America's greatest heroes in their own words.
Major Gen. Patrick Henry Brady, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Medal of Honor
Patrick Henry reluctantly joined the ROTC program at Seattle University and hated just about every minute of it. Within the next decade he would be witness to a chilling,seminal moment in the Cold War and serve two tours in Vietnam and be awarded the Medal of Honor.
In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Gen. Brady shares his deployment to Berlin and how life there changed drastically when the communists erected the Berlin Wall. He also takes us through his training as a helicopter pilot and his deployment as a Dustoff pilot, evacuating wounded service members, for two tours in Vietnam.
Brady explains how his mentor instilled a relentless commitment to reach our wounded troops regardless of enemy fire, what his Dustoff unit was able to accomplish during his time in Vietnam, and his actions in January 1968 that resulted in him being awarded the Medal of Honor.
Brigadier Gen. Don Bolduc, U.S. Army, Afghanistan, Desert Storm
Retired U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Don Bolduc served 36 years in uniform, most of it in special forces, and spent ten tours of duty in Afghanistan. While there he earned five bronze stars and two purple hearts. He also rose to one of the top command positions for special forces in the Afghan theater.
In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Gen. Bolduc, details what it was like to be among the first Americans on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11, his time as a horse soldier there, the strategies that did and did not work against the Taliban in the ensuing years, his years with special forces in Africa, and his unvarnished evaluation of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Andrew Biggio, USMC, Iraq, Afghanistan, 'The Rifle'
Andrew Biggio grew up in Boston as part of a family steeped in military service. In fact, he is named for his great uncle, who was killed in action in Italy during World War II. Andrew joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed as a rifleman to Iraq in 2008 and later to Afghanistan.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2012, Biggio wanted to learn what really happened to his great uncle. That quest turned into a much bigger odyssey, as he interviewed scores of World War II veterans from all branches and who served in both Europe and the Pacific.
And he added a twist. Biggio bought a 1945 M1 Garand that he placed in the hands of the veterans as he spoke with them and each of them signed the rifle. The final result was his powerful book, "The Rifle: Combat Stories from America's Last WWII Veterans, Told Through an M1 Garand."
In this edition of Veterans Chronicles, Biggio shares the story of his own service, discusses the stories of many of the amazing veterans he interviewed, and what he learned along the way.
Willie Woods, USMC, Montford Point Marines
Willie Woods joined the U.S. Marine Corps at a time when commanders believed black service members could not measure up to their white counterparts. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened up the armed forces to all races, but units remained segregated.
In the Marine Corps, the first African-American units were trained at Montford Point, North Carolina, near Camp Lejeune.
In this edition, Willie Woods discusses his decision to join the Corps, the discrimination he faced at various times, his service as a prison guard on Guam after the war, and the legacy of the Montford Point Marines on the Armed Forces and our nation.
Clint Romesha, U.S. Army, Afghanistan, Iraq, Medal of Honor
As we watch the troubling news out of Afghanistan, we continue to honor the courage that American service members demonstrated there for twenty years. One of those unforgettable veterans is Clint Romesha. Raised in California, Romesha followed his grandfather, father, and two brothers into the service. He joined the U.S. Army the day after his eighteenth birthday.
Two years later, the 9/11 attacks propelled the U.S. into war. After deployments to Germany and Korea, Romesha served two tours of duty in Iraq. Shortly after returning from that second tour, he and his unit were sent to Afghanistan and stationed high in the mountains at Combat Outpost Keating.
In October 2009, Romesha and his unit faced a massive enemy assault of 300 fighters. Under withering fire, Romesha rallied his men, devised a plan to counterattack, and led a heroic effort to recover the bodies of his fellow Americans. For his actions, Clint Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013.
August Bolino, U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII, D-Day
When August Bolino's draft number came up, he immediately signed up with the U.S. Army Air Corps. His good grasp of numbers got him assigned as a navigator on a B-17 bomber crew in the 8th Air Force operating out of England.
In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Bolino demonstrates his encyclopedic memory of his service in World War II. He describes his earliest missions, his actions that earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, and his two separate missions on D-Day. He also explains how he looks back at D-Day today.
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I really like this podcast especially when they interview the World War II paratroopers