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

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    • 4.3, 77 Ratings

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

    Louis Graziano, U.S. Army, World War II

    Louis Graziano, U.S. Army, World War II

    Louis Graziano was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and promised his father that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini would be vanquished. His promises came true.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Graziano takes us with him as he describes coming ashore in the third wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day, nearly losing his feet due to frostbite at the Battle of the Bulge, his conversations with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, and witnessing the the German surrender to the Allies in May 1945.

    Don't miss this compelling interview with World War II veteran Louis Graziano.

    • 31 min
    Col. Vern Pike, U.S. Army, Berlin Wall, Vietnam

    Col. Vern Pike, U.S. Army, Berlin Wall, Vietnam

    Vern Pike was commissioned as a U.S. Army officer upon graduation from Wake Forest University. Soon he had a front row seat to and a role to play in the growing tensions of the Cold War.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Col. Pike describes his duties in the American sector of West Berlin, Germany. Pike shares how he discovered the early stages of the Berlin Wall, take us inside the assignment that could have led to the start of World War III, and shares the story of a high-profile but top secret prisoner exchange on the fabled "bridge of spies."

    Pike also served two tours in Vietnam. In this discussion, he describes his assignments and his moment of fame when the legendary Bob Hope came to entertain the troops.

    Don't miss our fascinating conversation with retired U.S. Army Col. Vern Pike.

    • 28 min
    Rondo Scharfe, U.S. Navy, WWII, Iwo Jima & Okinawa

    Rondo Scharfe, U.S. Navy, WWII, Iwo Jima & Okinawa

    When you hear the lengths Ron "Rondo" Scharfe went to in order to join the U.S. Navy long before he was 18, you'll quickly understand his commitment to service.

    At just 16-years old, Scharfe served as a Higgins Boat coxswain at Iwo Jima. He details the serious injury he suffered on his very first effort to bring Marines ashore in the early moments of that bloody battle in February 1945. Yet somehow he was back on the beach just two days later.

    Scharfe describes witnessing the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi and his service weeks later in the brutal Battle of Okinawa.

    Still young at heart, Scharfe shares his story of service with an engaging, plainspoken wit. Listen now.

    • 19 min
    John Hancock, U.S. Navy, World War II

    John Hancock, U.S. Navy, World War II

    John Hancock grew up in Georgia shooting quail, so becoming a gunner aboard the USS Yorktown in World War II came pretty naturally to him. In 1942, Hancock served in the first carrier battle in world history and later that year fought at the pivotal Battle of Midway, although he was forced to abandon ship as the Japanese sunk the Yorktown.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Hancock describes what combat was like for him, shares his memories of Midway, and walks us through his service at Leyte. He also tells us about transitioning from naval gunner to fighter pilot and targeting Japanese kamikaze planes.

    • 34 min
    Introducing Veterans Chronicles

    Introducing Veterans Chronicles

    Join us each week for Veterans Chronicles and hear first-hand from the men and women who answered their nation's call to serve - from World War II to the front lines today.

    We invite you to listen to this brief preview of Veterans Chronicles. In less than two minutes, you'll understand the incredible sacrifice of our veterans and our mission to preserve their stories of service for future generations.

    Subscribe to Veterans Chronicles at Apple, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 1 min
    Col. Joe Rodgers, USMC, World War II, Iwo Jima

    Col. Joe Rodgers, USMC, World War II, Iwo Jima

    Born in Alabama, Joe Rodgers lied about his age to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Training for most of 1942, Rodgers first saw combat at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1943. Later, he fought at Saipan and Iwo Jima.

    In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Col. Rodgers describes his first combat experience and takes us into the Battle of Iwo Jima in great detail. He describes being pinned down on the beach, being a runner in a deadly area, the brotherhood among Marines, and both the stubborn resistance and the greatest weakness of Japanese soldiers.

    Don't miss this engaging oral history from USMC veteran Joe Rodgers.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Jenkhuffer69 ,

Sound quality is horrible

I’m not one to nitpick, but the sound quality of this podcast is horrible. I can’t even listen while driving because the commercials are so loud compared to the podcast itself. I’m not normally one to write reviews, but I feel that the veterans being interviewed deserve better.

DGA14 ,


Love all the episodes just wish the audio was as loud as the commercial so I can listen while I work!

Grunt Squid ,

Jason Redman, LT USN SEAL (Ret.)

Great interview with an inspirational leader and American patriot. Redman is direct and thorough with his response to questions about his life and his love for his country. Every American should take the time and listen to Jason Redman speak about how he has overcome his challenges and advanced his cause of helping people with their own problems.

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