August 2016

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The following shows aired in August 2016. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
8/7/16 Seabees—Can Do! It has been five years since our partner, Navy Seabee Gary Lillie, was killed. Gary was the ultimate “Seabee”. His “Can Do” attitude kept us all going. He was the best friend, partner, uncle, and brother for many of us. His dedication to his fellow veterans was unsurpassed. We dedicate this weeks program about the Seabees to Gary.

Joining me in the studio will be Vietnam veteran Seabees Larry St. Antoine, Bill Weber and much much more. Since 1942 the Navy Seabees have building roads, runways, buildings, hooches, schools, water sanitation and supply systems. You name it and the Seabees have built it all over the world. They fight and they build.

8/14/16 World War II: The End. The war in Europe was over. Now the United States had to turn their attention West, Japan.  However, the U.S. had an ace…..the atomic bomb. Tested successfully, President Harry S. Truman, didn’t “Pass the buck” and made the final call. Use it against the Empire of Japan.

Frequent Veterans Radio, Guests/Historians, Kevin Hymel and John McManus will take us back  71 years and share their research of this world-changing event.

8/21/16 The Castaway’s War: One Man’s Battle Against Imperial Japan. Join us this week on Veterans Radio for the incredible story of Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller. Shipwrecked on a South Pacific Island, he waged a one-man war against the Japanese. Our guest this week is author Stephen Harding, award winning author of nine previous books including the New York Times bestseller The Last Battle and one of my favorites, U.S. Army Aircraft An Illustrated Reference.

In The Castaway’s War, noted author Stephen Harding brings to life an epic tale of one man triumphing over the elements, fear, privation, and the Japanese. In stirring prose, Harding relates the saga of naval Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, a World War II Robinson Crusoe whose amazing exploits while stranded on a Japanese-controlled island seem ripped from fiction. His tale, ably brought to life through Harding’s skillful prose, shines as an example of what one person can achieve.” —John Wukovits, author of Hell from the Heavens and For Crew and Country

8/28/16 America’s Newest Medal of Honor Recipient. This week on Veterans Radio we will be talking with America’s newest Medal of Honor recipient LTC (retired) Charles ”Chuck” Kettles and LTC (retired) Donald “Don” Long. Long’s helicopter was shot down in the landing zone that day and was finally rescued when Kettles came back with additional aircraft borrowed from the 161st Aviation Company(Pelicans).

During the early morning hours of May 15, 1967, personnel of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, were ambushed in the Song Tra Cau riverbed by an estimated battalion-sized force of the North Vietnamese army with numerous automatic weapons, machine guns, mortars and recoilless rifles. The enemy force fired from a fortified complex of deeply embedded tunnels and bunkers, and was shielded from suppressive fire. Upon learning that the 1st Brigade had suffered casualties during an intense firefight with the enemy, then-Maj. Charles S. Kettles, volunteered to lead a flight of six UH-1D helicopters from the 176th Aviation Company (Minutemen) to carry reinforcements to the embattled force and to evacuate wounded personnel. As the flight approached the landing zone, it came under heavy enemy attack. Deadly fire was received from multiple directions and soldiers were hit and killed before they could leave the arriving lift helicopters…and much more.