November 2011

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The following shows aired in November 2011. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
11/5/11 What Really Happened to the Sultana? It was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, more costly than even the April 14, 1912 sinking of the Titanic, when 1,517 people were lost. But because the Sultana went down when it did, the disaster was not well covered in the newspapers or magazines, and was soon forgotten. It is scarcely remembered today.
 
Join Dale Throneberry and his guest, noted historian, Civil War re-enactor, history instructor at Arkansas State University, and story teller extraordinaire, Louis Intres. You will not believe what he has to say about what really happened that dark night 146 years ago. And more…
11/12/11 What Does Veterans Day Mean To You?. Join Veterans Radio this Saturday morning as we honor America’s veterans. The men and women, who over the history of our country, have been willing to lay down their lives for their fellow Americans. Guests include the Director of the Ann Arbor VA Robert P. McDivitt, FACHE and much more…
 
On November 15th 2003, Veterans Radio broadcast their first program from the studios of WSDS in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Since then we have produced over 400 live programs on a wide variety of topics. From the sands of Iwo Jima and Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam. From the freezing winters of Korea to the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. Join us in celebrating our 8th anniversary of telling the true stories of America’s real heroes.
11/19/11 Donut Dolly. Donut Dolly puts you in the Vietnam War face down in the dirt under a sniper attack, inside a helicopter being struck by lightning, at dinner next to a commanding general, and slogging through the mud along a line of foxholes. You’ll see the war through the eyes of one of the first women officially allowed in the combat zone.
 
When Joann Puffer Kotcher left for Vietnam in 1966, she was fresh out of the University of Michigan with a year of teaching, and a year as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly in Korea. All she wanted was to go someplace exciting. In Vietnam, she visited troops from the Central Highlands to the Mekong Delta, from the South China Sea to the Cambodian border. At four duty stations, she set up recreation centers and made mobile visits wherever commanders requested. That included Special Forces Teams in remote combat zone jungles. She brought reminders of home, thoughts of a sister or the girl next door. Officers asked her to take risks because they believed her visits to the front lines were important to the men. Every Vietnam veteran who meets her thinks of her as a brother-at-arms.
 
Join Donut Dolly, Joann Puffer Kotcher and host Dale Throneberry this Saturday morning on Veterans Radio.
 
And Gina Elise, founder of Pin-ups for Vets and her special project to raise money for hospitalized veterans. Gina came up with the idea to recreate a nostalgic pin-up calendar that would serve three purposes: (1) The calendars would be sold to raise funds for our hospitalized Veterans. (2) The calendars would be delivered as gifts to our ill and injured Veterans with messages of appreciation from the donors. (3) The calendars would be sent to our deployed troops to help boost morale and to let them know that Americans back home are thinking of them.
11/26/11 Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber flown primarily by the United States Air Forces in late-World War II through the Korean War. The B-29 was one of the largest aircraft to see service during World War II. A very advanced bomber for its time, it included features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and remote-controlled machine-gun turrets. The name “Superfortress” was derived from that of its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Though the B-29 was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, in practice it actually flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions. It was the primary aircraft in the American firebombing campaign against the Empire of Japan in the final months of World War II, and carried out the atomic bombings that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ended the war.
 
Join host Bob Gould and author Bob Dorr (Mission Berlin: The American Airmen Who Took The War To The Heart Of Hitler’s Reich and noted aviation historian), and Bob Kruty from U.S. Wings as they share some of the stories about the B-29 missions and the crewmen in the final days of World War II.