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AMERIcA'S VETERAN'S STORIES

Interviews and conversations with U.S. veterans from all branches and years of service.

SHOW ARCHIVE

WWII P-51 Fighter Pilot Dick Gibbs

WWII P-51 fighter pilot Dick Gibbs flew 43 combat missions during WWII. Gibbs shares the stories of shooting down four German aircraft.

Operation Downfall

August 1945, President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

WWII Nurse Leila Morrison

WWII Army Nurse Leila Morrison arrived on the beaches of Normandy about 30 days after D-Day with just her duffle bag. This is a rebroadcast of a show recorded in 2021 to honor Leila's memory. She passed away July 16th, 2022.

World War II Veteran Henry Tagtmeyer

Henry Tagtmeyer grew up during the Depression and lived through the Dirty 30’s in Goodland, Kansas. Sunday Henry shares stories of the Dust Bowl and his Army experiences late in WWII.

Vietnam: Ted Gostas

April 1967 Ted Gostas had just five more days before his tour of duty in Vietnam was up. Gostas was captured and spent 5 years, 1 month, and 15 days as a Prisoner of War.

Vietnam: Trisha Hood (Widowed Spouse Interview)

Donald Hood volunteered for the 82nd Airborne so that he could parachute in with front-line soldiers to repair their damaged glasses quickly. Sunday Trisha Hood shares the story of her husband who passed on in 2012.

Lt. Col. Bob Russell Ret. USAF

Russell shares his Air Force experiences beginning with his first duty in aircraft maintenance, three years in Germany and information gathering in the Pacific region.

Ret. Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta and Paula Sarlls

Ret. Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta explains the importance of Memorial Day. Vietnam-era Marine Veteran Paula Sarlls invites us to the Memorial Day ceremony at the Marine Memorial located at 6th and Colfax in Golden, Colorado.

United States Air Force Veteran Mark Hardcastle

United States Air Force veteran Mark Hardcastle recounts the life-changing experience of helping edit the book Echoes of Our War: Vietnam Veterans Reflect Fifty Years Later. The ten contributors to the book finally unleashed their stories without remorse.

Manert Kennedy

He dropped out of school and joined the Marines on his 17th birthday. Manert Kennedy needed some discipline so he joined the Marines in 1947.

Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Rutledge: Part 2

93 year-old Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Rutledge has interacted with thousands of individuals throughout the world. Sunday Lt. Col. Rutledge shares a number of vignettes of these many stories

Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Rutledge

Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Rutledge was a teenager during WWII. Sunday Col. Rutledge describes what it was like to live on the coast of Florida during WWII with German submarines in the waters nearby.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Hartsook (Retired)

Ret. Lt. Col. Anthony Hartsook joined the Army in 1988. In this America’s Veteran’s Stories interview, Hartsook shares the history of his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Author William B. Scott discusses his book, "Combat Contrails: Vietnam."

Combat Contrails: Vietnam

Vietnam era Air Force Veteran and author William B. Scott introduces his new book, "Combat Contrails: Vietnam," which captures 18 of these stories, most of which have never appeared in print.

Nurses and the Continental Army

George Washington was ahead of his time regarding battlefield medics. At the Battle of Concord, only one surgeon was available and soldiers who might have lived, died. General Washington decided to pay nurses $4.00 a day to treat Continental soldiers and it made a difference.

Patton’s Christmas Prayer

The forty-day bloody Battle of the Bulge was fought December 16th, 1944 thru January 25, 1945. Patton needed a miracle. So he prayed for one.