April 2011

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The following shows aired in April 2011. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
4/2/11 Antarctica—Operation Deep Freeze: wintering over. As early as 1839, Captain Charles Wilkes led the first U.S. Naval expedition into Antarctic waters. In 1929, Admiral Richard E. Byrd established a naval base at Little America I; led an expedition to explore further inland, and conducted the first flight over the South Pole. From 1934–35, the second Byrd Expedition explored much further inland and also “wintered over.” The third Byrd Expedition, in 1940, charted the Ross Sea.

After World War II, from 1946–47, the Navy’s Operation Highjump charted most of the Antarctic coastline. In 1955/56 Operation Deep Freeze I prepared a permanent research station, which has been manned ever since for the purpose of conducting scientific research.

But, what is it like to live in the Antarctic in summer…and then winter over? Is it possible to go swimming on the glacier in nothing but a swim suit? Join Gary Lillie and find out as his two guests, former Seabees, give us the humor and the drama of serving our country down at the bottom.

4/9/11 INSIDE THE PRESIDENT’S HELICOPTER“…takes the reader on an incredible journey through America’s most controversial wars and presidential administrations–a real back stage view of the men and events that shaped world history, and Boyer was the fly on the wall.” — Ken Sewell, NYT bestselling author

“If not for Boyer’s headstrong determination, the history of the Army’s Executive Flight Detachment and the prominent role it played at the White House might have been lost forever. –CW4 Carl Burhanan, first black aviator to fly for the White House, Gene Boyer provides ten years of closely held information on the comings and goings of three sitting, one future, and two former U.S. presidents as well as national leaders worldwide.” –Colonel Bill Golden, Army aide to President Nixon.

“Here is a story of high adventure, courage, and history-making moments. On one level, it is the saga of an Army veteran of Korea and Vietnam; and it is a very human close-up look at the U.S. Presidency.” –Julie Nixon Eisenhower

“Sit down, buckle up, and get ready for an unforgettable ride! INSIDE THE PRESIDENT’S HELICOPTER is filled with stories never told by the media.” –Flint Whitlock, editor of WWII Quarterly

From Korea to Vietnam to flying Presidents around the world, LTC Boyer’s passengers have included sitting Presidents, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon and Ford and future President Reagan, 55 Heads of State and many more. You don’t want to miss program with LTC Gene Boyer and Dale Thronebrry.

4/16/11 Sgt. David Hack—US Wings. Today’s broadcast is a replay of Sgt. David Hack’s interview with Gary Lillie. The begining of the show is live with with Bob Gould’s interview with US Wings VP of Sales and Marketing, Bob Kruty. Followed by the March 5th program with Gary Lillie’s interview of Sgt. Hack.
4/23/11 Humor in war. If you laugh, you were there. People who have been to war have all experienced it. Get back home, tell a hilarious story about something over there and…people just stare at you. Okay, so they have not been there and have no idea what makes the story funny – especially when the story is about danger. Well, on Veterans Radio we and our listeners who have been there are going to tell each other the stories—because we know why they are funny!
4/30/11 Last Men Out. The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam. In a gripping, moment-by-moment narrative based on a wealth of recently declassified documents and in depth interviews, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin focus on the story of the eleven young Marines who were the last men to leave, rescued from the Embassy roof just moments before capture, having voted to make an Alamo-like last stand. As politicians in Washington struggled to put the best face on disaster and the American ambassador refused to acknowledge that the end had come and to evacuate, these courageous men held their ground and helped save thousands of lives. They and their fellow troops on the ground and in the air had no room for error as frenzy broke out in the streets and lashing rains and enemy fire began to pelt the city.

Drury and Clavin gained unprecedented access to the survivors, to the declassified “After-Action reports” of the operation, and to the transmissions among helicopter pilots, their officers, and officials in Saigon secretly recorded by the National Security Agency. They deliver a taut and stirring account of a turning point in American history which unfolds with the heart-stopping urgency of the best thrillers—a riveting true story finally told, in full, by those who lived it.

Join host Dale Throneberry and authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin and Marine Sgt Steve Schuller this week on Veterans Radio. You don’t want to miss this amazing and true story of the courage, nobility and discipline of a small group of Marines during the last days of the Vietnam War.