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Patriot to the Core is a project where I interview patriots who serve not only our country but also their fellow man. This provides an opportunity to learn about everyday Americans who go above and beyond to protect us all and to help others. Many of my guests are military but not all.



We talk fighting terrorism, self protection, exercise, mental toughness, charity, parenting and occasionally pop culture and politics. Although we rarely talk deep politics, opinions are shared. I think all interviews are uplifting and positive.



Please follow and subscribe so we can have many seasons to come. Send suggestions and questions to me at thad@patriottothecore.com. Hope you enjoy!

Patriot to the Core Thad Forester

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Patriot to the Core is a project where I interview patriots who serve not only our country but also their fellow man. This provides an opportunity to learn about everyday Americans who go above and beyond to protect us all and to help others. Many of my guests are military but not all.



We talk fighting terrorism, self protection, exercise, mental toughness, charity, parenting and occasionally pop culture and politics. Although we rarely talk deep politics, opinions are shared. I think all interviews are uplifting and positive.



Please follow and subscribe so we can have many seasons to come. Send suggestions and questions to me at thad@patriottothecore.com. Hope you enjoy!

    Ep 081 | Michael Andrew in Indonesia | Covid Vaccine Distribution

    Ep 081 | Michael Andrew in Indonesia | Covid Vaccine Distribution

    Michael Andrew (Michael the Maven) is back on the show to discuss why he’s in Indonesia and why UPS asked him to help them with logistical challenges in delivering vaccines.







    If you don’t follow Michael, I encourage you to check out all his adventures–both as an entrepreneur and as a volunteer throughout the world. Today he explains the difficulty in getting the vaccines to the poor and to very remote areas. He’s not pushing it on anyone, rather providing logistics and supply chain help in making it available to those who desire the vaccine.







    This isn’t a political, left or right, discussion. Mike merely explains why he feels compelled to help and why he’s lost some friends over his involvement with this project.







    Visit his non-profit, Red Lightning here.







    You can check out Mike’s first book here – 3 Weeks in Haiti







    And this remarkable story of a man buried alive for 27 days. Mike captured his rescue here.











    Copyright 2021 Thad Foresterwww.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 49 min
    Ep 080 – Three Wise Men

    Ep 080 – Three Wise Men

    In 2010, Beau and Ben Wise buried their big brother Jeremy. Two years later, Beau buried his brother Ben. He went from the youngest son to the only son.







    Their parents are the only known U.S. military family to lose two sons in Afghanistan during the 19+ year war.







    In this interview, I’m privileged to have Beau Wise and his co-author of “Three Wise Men“, Tom Sileo.







    After top U.S. officials realized that two Wise brothers had been lost, Beau, a Marine, was permanently pulled from the battlefield – becoming the only U.S. service member to be removed from combat as a result of such extraordinary events in Afghanistan.







    Great Americans, sad and powerful story. You can read more of Tom Sileo’s books here.











    Copyright 2021 Thad Foresterwww.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 51 min
    Ep 079 | Rhonda Jimmerson – The Fight to Bring Her Brother Home

    Ep 079 | Rhonda Jimmerson – The Fight to Bring Her Brother Home

    Rhonda Jimmerson’s brother, Major Troy “Trojan” Gilbert was an F-16 pilot with over 1000 flying hours.







    On November, 27, 2006, his plane crashed in Iraq while he was protecting Americans whose helicopter had crashed. His body was ejected from the plane upon impact and immediately found and taken by al Qaeda–rolled up in a carpet and placed in a truck.







    They made videos in celebration and kept his body as a trophy for 10 years.







    Finally, on October 3, 2016, his body was returned home.







    He was married with five children. Troy graduated from Texas Tech in 1993 with a degree in International Economics.







    This interview with Rhonda is about her fight to get all of her brother’s remains home. She shares her struggles as a sister to support her parents and to support Troy’s wife Ginger, and children.







    We finish up with her faith and how she persevered through one disappointment after another.







    Note: since it became known that Troy had been killed, he was not considered “missing”. We discuss this but didn’t go into depth about what is considered “missing”.







    Copyright 2021 Thad Foresterwww.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 58 min
    Ep 078 | Stan Staheli, Patton’s Third Army, WWII POW – Replay

    Ep 078 | Stan Staheli, Patton’s Third Army, WWII POW – Replay

    Photo courtesy of The Commercial Appeal







    Please enjoy this replay that originally aired in Feb of 2017.







    J. Stanford (Stan) Staheli was only 18 years old when drafted. One year later he was a member of Patton’s Third Army, 4th Armored Division, liberating France from the Nazi’s.  It was here that he was captured in 1944 during a German counter-attack near Rimsdorf, France.  The Germans immediately said “The war’s over for you.”  Stan thought surely, they were going to be killed; but that wasn’t the case.







    He and the other prisoners walked three days to the camp in Frankfurt.  They then traveled by rail in a standing-room only conditions to East Germany.  Then eventually to another location where they were held for five months.  Even though he said he was treated humanely, he was stripped of his clothes each night and only had a small throw blanket for cover, during the coldest recorded winter in German history at the time.







    Stan said life in the prison camp wasn’t that bad.  The guards told them “if you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  Having grown up in the depression, this wasn’t a new concept to him.  He learned to love to work long before the Army.  They built bomb shelters and repaired railroads for the German Army.  However, many of the guards were disabled from the front lines and would show the prisoners pictures of their captors’ families when their superiors weren’t around.







    Staheli said his mom never lost faith that her son was alive.  Even though he was officially “missing in action”, many presumed he was dead.  After being released, he was finally able to write his family and then surprised them on a Sunday morning in Cedar City, UT.







    Today, Staheli is 91 years old (as of Feb 2017) and has a noble posterity – 10 children (2 have passed), 53 grandchildren, and 60+ great-grandchildren.  Quoting Will Rogers, he said “I never met a man I didn’t like.”







    This hero, with only an 8th grade education, was presented an honorary diploma from Enterprise High School in May 2016.







    Music courtesy of Soundroad – Believe.Copyright 2021 Thad Foresterwww.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 53 min
    Ep 077 | My Interview on “The Game” | Throwback from 2012

    Ep 077 | My Interview on “The Game” | Throwback from 2012

    Throwback to my interview with Mick Gillispie and Ryan Fowler on “The Game” radio show in February 2012.







    Mick has been a big supporter of The Mark Forester Foundation since its inception. And in this interview we cover many topics surrounding Mark’s education, time in military, final battle, The American Fallen Soldiers Project, fundraisers and Mark’s foundation.







    As you’ll hear in my intro, I’m having a difficult time interviewing lately, but have people with compelling stories lined up. It’s all a matter of time, and right now, our family is having to constantly “recalibrate”.







    Here are links to what we discussed today:







    Bama Gone but Not Forgotten – Thomas “Jake” Jaichner







    An American Hero Comes Home – Major Troy Gilbert







    The American Fallen Soldiers Project – Univ of Alabama







    Lifetime’s “Coming Home”







    Tennessee Smokies Honor Mark







    JAG 28 Memorial Birthday Walk







    Follow Mick at:







    Bama Insider







    Cubs TV











    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 24 min
    Ep 076 – Special: Brig. Gen. Gwyn Armfield | Behind the scenes of our Next-of-Kin notifications

    Ep 076 – Special: Brig. Gen. Gwyn Armfield | Behind the scenes of our Next-of-Kin notifications

    Sept 29, 2020 is the 10th anniversary of Mark Forester’s death in Afghanistan. The picture in this post is Mark’s body being taken from the C-17 at Dover AFB for the Dignified Transfer.







    My guest is General Robert Armfield who was Mark’s group commander in 2010. Armfield was also at Dover when Mark’s body arrived, he visited our home to provide additional details of his death, and was in the background helping lead the notification activities.







    We discuss how they arranged simultaneously notifying our family, how they watched Mom and Dad’s home until Dad got home from work. Why they called the sheriff before they delivered the news and how they prepare to bring this news that rocks someone’s world instantly. He also shares the purpose of that last big mission Mark and his team were on. It was great to have this experienced, American warfighter on the show and we appreciate him reflecting on Mark’s death from Gwyn’s unique perspective.











    “I cannot think of another Air Force general who has more combat time than Brig. Gen. Armfield,” said retired Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command and officiant of Armfield’s retirement ceremony.



















    Learn more about Brig. Gen. Armfield here







    Mentioned in this show:







    HBO original movie: Taking Chance







    *PTC is on Patreon.  If you like what you’re hearing please check out how you can help the cause so I can provide quality content and keep on keeping on!







    Copyright 2020 Thad Foresterhttp://www.patriottothecore.comemail questions to thad@patriottothecore.com

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

AaronAMay ,

Makes me proud of our military

I enjoy hearing about these heroes and especially how the interviewer gets their families involved. I’m amazed at what I learn on this podcast

jenn Kate ,

5 Star

Great interviews, always so informative, and an all around podcast fav for me!! Great job!!

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Inspiring and patriotic

It is so refreshing to hear stories from genuine people that love and serve their country. Listening to these accounts is a powerful reminder of what principle and people our liberties and freedoms are built upon.

Thad is so genuine in his approach and the guests he brings introduces us to share incredible stories that need to be heard and contain lessons for us all.

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