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The unsanitized truth of what we have asked of those who defend this nation. From archived tapes of WWI veterans, to conversations with modern-day warriors, these are their stories, in their own words.

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The unsanitized truth of what we have asked of those who defend this nation. From archived tapes of WWI veterans, to conversations with modern-day warriors, these are their stories, in their own words.

    Escaping the USS Arizona: GM3 Donald Gay Stratton

    Escaping the USS Arizona: GM3 Donald Gay Stratton

    Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer Donald Gay Stratton was on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He directed four 5-inch guns before an armor-piercing bomb hit the ship, sending up a 600 ft wall of flame. Stratton suffered burns on nearly 60% of his body. “The skin on our arms just came off like big socks,” he recalls.

    After an escape into the water couldn’t be found, crew from another vessel tossed a rope to Stratton and his allies. They tied it to their ship and for 60ft, swung hand-over-hand to reach safety.
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    • 23 min
    SPOTLIGHT: Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

    SPOTLIGHT: Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

    Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was a legendary WWII fighter pilot. He is credited with destroying 28 Japanese aircraft, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor- but his legacy has been tainted by his abuse of alcohol and a historically inaccurate TV portrayal. 

    Today in a special episode of Warriors In Their Own Words, we’ll be hearing from two men who knew Boyington personally. Both Lieutenant Colonel Henry Bourgeois and Major J. Ned Corman served under Boyington as pilots in the famous Black Sheep Squadron, which operated in the Solomon islands during WWII. They both also reconnected with Boyington after the war, and got to see how he changed through his life. 

    To hear Bourgeois’ personal stories from his service, check out our episode titled “Inside the Black Sheep Squadron”.
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    • 27 min
    Brothers in Arms Part III: SSgt Nick Bennett

    Brothers in Arms Part III: SSgt Nick Bennett

    Brothers in Arms is a special three-part series that tells the stories of SgtMaj Dan Miller and SSgt Nick Bennett, two Iraq War vets whose lives were forever changed by a deadly rocket attack. 

    Today, in the final part of this series, you’ll hear SSgt Bennett share his side of the story. Bennett also deployed to Iraq with the Marine Corps, initially working in the comms center before transferring to base security. The rocket attack almost killed him, and he too returned home with serious mental health issues. 

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    • 40 min
    Brothers in Arms Part II: SgtMaj Dan Miller

    Brothers in Arms Part II: SgtMaj Dan Miller

    Brothers in Arms is a special three-part series that tells the stories of SgtMaj Dan Miller and SSgt Nick Bennett, two Iraq War vets whose lives were forever changed by a deadly rocket attack. 

    Today we’re sharing the second episode in this series, where you’ll hear the rest of SgtMaj Dan Miller’s story. Miller served in the Marine Corps as a heavy artilleryman and a small unit infantry leader, and fought in the initial wave of Operation Desert Storm and then in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    In this special PTSD Awareness Day episode, he recounts the rocket attack that wounded him and SSgt Bennett, candidly discusses the mental health struggles he has faced, and tells the story of how he connected with Bennett years later. 

    Next week, in the final part of this series, you’ll hear Bennett share his side of the story. Bennett also deployed to Iraq with the Marine Corps, initially working in the comms center before transferring to base security. The rocket attack almost killed him, and he too returned home with serious mental health issues. 

    If you’re a veteran struggling with your mental health, visit mentalhealth.va.gov for numerous helpful resources. Dial 988 if you’re feeling suicidal and need immediate assistance. 
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    • 45 min
    Brothers in Arms Part I: SgtMaj Dan Miller

    Brothers in Arms Part I: SgtMaj Dan Miller

    Brothers in Arms is a special three-part series that tells the stories of SgtMaj Dan Miller and SSgt Nick Bennett, two Iraq War vets whose lives were forever changed by a deadly rocket attack. 

    In this first part, you’ll hear Sergeant Major Dan Miller talk about his first two deployments to Iraq. Miller served in the Marine Corps as a heavy artilleryman and a small unit infantry leader, and fought in the initial wave of Operation Desert Storm, and then in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Next week, you’ll hear the rest of SgtMaj Miller’s story. In a special PTSD Awareness Day episode, he recounts the rocket attack that wounded him and SSgt Bennett, candidly discusses the mental health struggles he has faced, and tells the story of how he connected with Bennett years later. 

    In the final part of this series, you’ll hear Bennett share his side of the story. Bennett also deployed to Iraq with the Marine Corps, initially working in the comms center before transferring to base security. The rocket attack almost killed him, and he too returned home with serious mental health issues. 
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    • 44 min
    Glider Infantry in The Battle of the Bulge: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part II

    Glider Infantry in The Battle of the Bulge: 2Lt. Daniel Clark Part II

    2Lt. Daniel Clark served in the Army during World War II as a Glider Infantryman. In this second part of his interview, Clark recounts Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and freeing the prisoners of Wöbbelin Concentration Camp. 
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
587 Ratings

587 Ratings

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Outstanding Interviews

Col Cash is an amazing individual.

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The best way to learn history

The best way to learn history is from those who made it, not from a book pushing the agenda of the writer!!

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Great History

This podcast is awesome because it really is just the Vet talking, telling his story. I could live without getting church in my ear for half the podcast - something I wasn’t trying to download - but that’s what forward and stop buttons are for. I love hearing vets tell their stories. Thanks to all of you out there!

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