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

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

    Charles Strange, Gold Star Father of U.S. Navy PO1 Michael Strange

    Charles Strange, Gold Star Father of U.S. Navy PO1 Michael Strange

    Charles Strange didn't initially want his son, Michael, to join the military. But when Michael turned 18, he joined the U.S. Navy and soon became an expert in cryptography, serving alongside Navy SEALs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael Strange was part of the mission that targeted and killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. But just three months later, Michael and dozens of other elite forces were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Charles Strange discusses his son's service, his decade-long search for answers to how Michael and the others were killed, and his leadership in bringing Gold Star families together to help one another heal.

    • 36 min
    Col. Douglas Dillard, U.S. Army, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Col. Douglas Dillard, U.S. Army, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Douglas Dillard joined the U.S. Army at age 16, determined to help the U.S. win World War II. By the end of his military career decades later, Dillard had parachuted into combat, fought in one of the fiercest battles on the western front, and eventually became one of the Army's critical leaders in military intelligence.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Dillard describes jumping into southern France as part of Operation Dragoon in August 1944, fighting the Nazis and the frigid temperatures at the Battle of the Bulge, how he shifted to intelligence work, and what that work looked like in Korea and Vietnam.

    • 43 min
    SSG Eugene Groves, Montford Point Marines, Korea

    SSG Eugene Groves, Montford Point Marines, Korea

    Eugene Groves joined the U.S. Marine Corps when he was 17, in part to get out of his racially charged town. Groves then trained at Montford Point at Camp Lejeune, where the USMC first began accepting black Marines just a few years earlier.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Groves details his service in the Korean War, how he and the other Montford Point Marines responded to discrimination even after the official integration of the military, and the tremendous progress he's seen since that time.

    • 32 min
    SSG David Bellavia, U.S. Army, Iraq, Medal of Honor

    SSG David Bellavia, U.S. Army, Iraq, Medal of Honor

    David Bellavia grew up hearing his grandfather's stories of fighting in Normandy during World War II. Sixty years later, Bellavia would be fighting urban warfare in the streets of Fallujah in Iraq and his actions in November 2004 would earn him the Medal of Honor.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Bellavia shares what house-to-house fighting was like in Iraq and the mindset needed to do it well. You'll also hear how Bellavia saved his squad by eliminating five enemy fighters as they came one after the other attempting to kill him. He also discusses the responsibility he feels as a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

    • 31 min
    Lt. Col. Daniel Gade, U.S. Army, Iraq, 'Wounding Warriors'

    Lt. Col. Daniel Gade, U.S. Army, Iraq, 'Wounding Warriors'

    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Gade graduated from West Point and eventually served as a tank company commander as part of the Second Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005. While serving there, Gade was wounded twice. The second set of injuries nearly killed him and did lead to the amputation of his right leg.

    Exactly one year after that horrific attack, Col. Gade began graduate school and became a triathlete. He also took an intense interest in the veterans benefits program, which he believe is a badly arranged system leading to tragic results for our nations heroes. He is the author of "Wounding Warriors: How Bad Policy Is Making Veterans Sicker and Poorer."

    • 56 min
    Col. Frank Athanason, U.S. Army, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Col. Frank Athanason, U.S. Army, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

    Frank Athanason wanted to join the Navy in 1945, but when the two men in front of him passed out from receiving shots in the arm and he didn't, he was assigned to the Army instead. Over the next 32 years, Athanason would serve in three wars, be deployed to Korea and Vietnam and have critical roles in two other international crises.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Col. Athanason takes us into his as an artillery officer and describes the action that earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart in Korea. He also describes his two tours in Vietnam, being held prisoner for six weeks in communist East Germany in the 1950's and his role during the Cyprus crisis between Greece and Turkey in the 1970's.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

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Excellent podcast!!

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Good podcast

I really like this podcast especially when they interview the World War II paratroopers

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