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In 2011, veteran and journalist Elliott Woods embedded with the twelve Marines of Third Squad in one of the most violent parts of Afghanistan at the height of the war against the Taliban. Only eleven of the twelve would make it home. A decade later—with America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan looming—Elliott goes on a cross-country road trip to track down the Third Squad survivors, to talk about the war and coming home, and to ask: What was it all for? And where do we go from here? 
 
Third Squad is a 12-part documentary podcast hosted by Woods and produced by Airloom Media. New episodes every Thursday starting October 21, 2021.

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    • 4.9 • 247 Ratings

In 2011, veteran and journalist Elliott Woods embedded with the twelve Marines of Third Squad in one of the most violent parts of Afghanistan at the height of the war against the Taliban. Only eleven of the twelve would make it home. A decade later—with America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan looming—Elliott goes on a cross-country road trip to track down the Third Squad survivors, to talk about the war and coming home, and to ask: What was it all for? And where do we go from here? 
 
Third Squad is a 12-part documentary podcast hosted by Woods and produced by Airloom Media. New episodes every Thursday starting October 21, 2021.

    Make Peace or Die

    Make Peace or Die

    Palmer, AK: Elliott takes a detour from the road trip to fly to Alaska, home to David Richvalsky, Third Squad’s machine gunner. During an ATV trip to a glacier, Richvalsky describes the gaps in his memory caused by concussions from IED blasts—which he says may actually help him avoid dwelling on the worst moments of his deployment.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Third Squad on Here & Now

    Third Squad on Here & Now

    Elliott Woods discusses the making of Third Squad with Scott Tong on WBUR’s Here & Now.
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    • 12 min
    Husband, Father, Killer

    Husband, Father, Killer

    Spearfish, SD: As Third Squad’s radio operator, John Bohlinger had the grim task of calling in medevac helicopters for his wounded friends. He also had awesome firepower at his fingertips. With his wife Hannah by his side, Bohlinger tells Elliott about the difficult transition from a trained killer back to a husband and father.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Nothing to Lose

    Nothing to Lose

    Rapid City, SD: Brian Shearer was a gung-ho 17 year-old when he joined the Marines, with nothing to lose but the PlayStation he willed to his brother. In Sangin he was a designated marksman whose job was to kill with long-range precision. A father of two boys now, he learns from his own dad what it was like to send a child off to war.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Soldier’s Heart

    A Soldier’s Heart

    The Woodlands, TX: The Marines offered Manny Mendoza a ticket out of the small Texas border town where he grew up. In Sangin, he felt a crushing burden of responsibility for his fellow Marines, who he loved like brothers. At his home in the Houston suburbs, Mendoza tells Elliott about the debt he owes to the dead.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Guilt

    The Guilt

    The Woodlands, TX: Third Squad’s corpsman, Matthew Foreit, was responsible for treating injured Marines on the battlefield in Sangin. A decade later, Foreit tells Elliott he’s still grappling with the feeling that he could’ve done more.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

Jbrew09 ,

We need more military podcasts like this

I’m a OEF10 Combat Engineer and I did route clearance for IEDs, etc. and I want more podcasts like this🤘🏻

cool rd ,

Brilliant, raw, emotional, real

This is one very raw, revealing podcast, one of the best I’ve ever listened to. So poignant, the memories of these men. I was very moved listening to these vignettes that painted a very very bleak situation in Afghanistan and the brotherhood that duress forges between soldiers. The pain and loss endures.

Fnitty23 ,

Thank you for sharing!

I highly recommend this podcast— it’s borderline masterful.

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