24 episodes

The Yankee Air Pirate is a history podcast series that started off by telling the stories of Captain Richard A. Stratton, USN (Ret) - Tales of Southeast Asia.

These stories include the shoot down itself, the torture he endured, the propaganda campaign by the North Vietnamese, life as a POW in Vietnam, and conversations about many great American heroes as told by Richard Stratton, AKA “The Beak”.

The podcast series also includes interviews with many other great American POW heroes from the Vietnam era and others that they served with after their return from Vietnam. We have many more really special guests coming on our podcast soon.

The Yankee Air Pirate podcast is hosted by Richard Stratton’s oldest son; Patrick Stratton, a US Naval Academy graduate and former US Marine Corps Captain.

We recommend starting at episode #1, the story is designed to be heard in sequence.

Contact: Send email to: TheYankeeAirPirate@gmail.com

Some of the podcast player platforms that Yankee Air Pirate is available on include: Apple iTunes Podcast Player, RADIO PUBLIC, SPOTIFY, Stitcher, and Google Player. Just Search for: "Yankee Air Pirate”

Semper Fi

Yankee Air Pirat‪e‬ Patrick Stratton

    • History
    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

The Yankee Air Pirate is a history podcast series that started off by telling the stories of Captain Richard A. Stratton, USN (Ret) - Tales of Southeast Asia.

These stories include the shoot down itself, the torture he endured, the propaganda campaign by the North Vietnamese, life as a POW in Vietnam, and conversations about many great American heroes as told by Richard Stratton, AKA “The Beak”.

The podcast series also includes interviews with many other great American POW heroes from the Vietnam era and others that they served with after their return from Vietnam. We have many more really special guests coming on our podcast soon.

The Yankee Air Pirate podcast is hosted by Richard Stratton’s oldest son; Patrick Stratton, a US Naval Academy graduate and former US Marine Corps Captain.

We recommend starting at episode #1, the story is designed to be heard in sequence.

Contact: Send email to: TheYankeeAirPirate@gmail.com

Some of the podcast player platforms that Yankee Air Pirate is available on include: Apple iTunes Podcast Player, RADIO PUBLIC, SPOTIFY, Stitcher, and Google Player. Just Search for: "Yankee Air Pirate”

Semper Fi

    Paul Galanti-Freedom Day & Homecoming EP#24

    Paul Galanti-Freedom Day & Homecoming EP#24

    During this episode we discuss some better times… including his last weeks and months in Vietnam, his release day experiences, and his travel back to Virginia to be reunited with his family… We’ll also discuss some of his favorite Navy jobs after returning from Vietnam.

    Make sure to check out the article written by Paul. “ *American’s have much to be thankful for* ” using the link below:

    https://richmond.com/opinion/columnists/paul-galanti-column-americans-have-much-to-be-thankful-for/article_f2d327ef-6d95-56fa-97d8-d85c862347ab.html

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Son Tay Raid - EP#23 - John Gargus

    The Son Tay Raid - EP#23 - John Gargus

    This is part number 3 of 3 episodes discussing The Son Tay Raid with Col John Gargus USAF (Ret). If you haven’t listened to parts 1&2 with Col Gargus yet, go back and listen to those episodes first to get the full story of the Son Tay Raid… In 1970, then Major Gargus was a key mission planner and lead navigator for The Son Tay Raid on November 21, 1970…

    In this episode we discuss the Raiders deployment to Southeast Asia, the Son Tay Raid execution, and the Raiders feelings immediately following the mission.

    This Son Tay Raid Web Site has pictures and other key information about the Raid:

    sontayraid1970.com ( http://sontayraid1970.com/ )

    Link to the book about the Son Tay Raid written by Colonel Gargus:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/160344212X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HxPNFbTQ7QJ8W

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Son Tay Raid#2: Colonel John Gargus, USAF - EP#22

    Son Tay Raid#2: Colonel John Gargus, USAF - EP#22

    *This is part number 2 of 3 episodes* discussing *The Son Tay Raid* with Col John Gargus USAF (Ret). If you have not listened to part 1 with Col Gargus yet, go back and listen to that episode first to get the full story… In 1970, then Major Gargus was a key mission planner for The Son Tay Raid. Because of his expertise in navigation over Vietnam he also served as the lead navigator on that mission helping to guide all the Raiders behind enemy lines, undetected, arriving at the Son Tay Prison compound at 0218 on the morning of November 21st, 1970.

    In this episode we discuss more details of the secret training in Florida, the special equipment they acquired to use during the mission, and also, i ask Col Gargus about how and when Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command, ADM John S. McCain Jr. was notified about the secret rescue mission being planned for the POWS… He of course had operational responsibility for the Vietnam theater of operations, and was the father of then POW..LCDR *John* Sidney *McCain* III.

    This Son Tay Raid Web Site has pictures and other key information about the Raid:

    sontayraid1970.com ( http://sontayraid1970.com/ )

    Link to the book about the Son Tay Raid written by Colonel Gargus:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/160344212X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HxPNFbTQ7QJ8W

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Son Tay Raid#1: Colonel John Gargus, USAF-EP#21

    Son Tay Raid#1: Colonel John Gargus, USAF-EP#21

    In November, 1970, U.S. special forces attempted to rescue POWs from captivity in North Vietnam. The Son Tay raid was one of the most complex and dangerous missions of the War in Southeast Asia. It laid the groundwork for future joint forces operations by serving as a model of organization, cooperation, and flexibility of execution.

    This is the first of three episodes with Col John Gargus USAF (Ret). In 1970, then Major Gargus was a key mission planner for The Son Tay Raid. Because of his expertise in navigation over Vietnam he also served as the lead navigator on the mission helping to guide all the Raiders behind enemy lines, undetected, arriving at the Son Tay Prison compound at 0218 on the morning of November 21st, 1970.

    In this episode we discuss his early life, including his own escape from communist Czechoslovakia at the age of 15, his early years in the Air Force when he developed some very unique navigation skills, how he later became involved in the planning for the top secret Son Tay Raid, and how they set up a mock-up of the Son Tay Prison in Florida to secretly train for the mission.

    *This Son Tay Raid Web Site has pictures and other key information about the Raid:*

    sontayraid1970.com ( http://sontayraid1970.com/ )

    *Link to the book about the Son Tay Raid written by Colonel Gargus:*

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/160344212X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HxPNFbTQ7QJ8W

    • 1 hr 15 min
    NAPS83-Alex Nevgloski USMC EP#20

    NAPS83-Alex Nevgloski USMC EP#20

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Paul Galanti EP#19- Dog Patch

    Paul Galanti EP#19- Dog Patch

    In this episode we talk to Paul about the work his wife Phyllis did with the National League of POW/MIA Families including her trips to Paris France to meet with the French communist journalist that met with Paul in Hanoi and her trip to Sweden all while working to help free her husband. After the bombing of Hanoi intensified Paul describes his move to a new prison camp called "Dog Patch" located further North, not far from the Chinese border. We also discuss theories on why the Vietnamese would move so many of the POWS to a location so close to the Chinese border.

    *Contact email:* TheYankeeAirPirate@Gmail.com

    *Facebook Page* : The Yankee Air Pirate

    For pictures and videos of the people, places, and things we discuss in our podcast series.

    *Instagram account:* the_yankee_air_pirate

    For the best pictures of the POWS and their experiences.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

ernigro ,

Smithsonian level history here

Raw American courage vividly told in a series of father son discussions that is riveting, horrifying, incredibly informative and at times will even make you want to laugh along with these two great veterans. This podcast involves people, stories, issues and times we must never forget and I am thankful the Strattons undertook this remarkable effort. Thank you and although it is now 2020– welcome home Capt Stratton. And semper fi Pat.

allmanfamily ,

Outstanding patriot—Thanks Stratton family!!

Really appreciate your efforts to convey these facts of how your Vietnam war experiences played out ... very powerful interviews— especially sine the perspectives and questions come directly from your son Pat!!

Thank you very much for your heroic service!!

Sincerely,

Colonel Mike Allman, USAF (ret)

AMH-2 Lopez ,

USS Midway

Thank you so much for your podcast explaining an important part of our history. I was stationed onboard CVA-41 USS Midway in an A-7 squadron VA-93, working 18 hour shifts on the flight deck as a Trouble shooter, in 71-73. We made a 11 month 10 day Westpac deployment and were the first carrier to return after the first POWs were released. We were in Subic watching the news when the POWs landed in Clark. Many of us were feeling bad for our long line periods, but when I watched POWs such as your father getting off their aircraft I cried as I was so happy for them yet sad for all the hell they went through. I went on to make the Navy a career for 20 years and retired as a Senior Chief. God bless your father and the men he served with. True American Heroes!

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