September 2011

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The following shows aired in September 2011. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
9/3/11 Joe Galloway: Encore Program.Joe Galloway spent 22 years as a correspondent and bureau chief for U.S. News and World Report. His postings in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Singapore, included four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam, a tour in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, UPI Bureau Chief in Moscow; and, he rode with the 24th Infantry in the assault into Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. You can find his weekly column on the McClatchey web site at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/galloway/
 
Galloway co-authored We Were Soldiers Once…And Young about the battle of LZ X-Ray in Vietnam. Mel Gibson made it into a movie and Galloway was portrayed by actor Barry Pepper. At X-Ray Galloway became the only civilian to be awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S. Army for bravery in Vietnam.
 
We are repeating one of Gary Lillie’s favorite interviews with Joe Galloway. Listen to the amazing life story of a war correspondent; where he has been, who he has met and what he has seen.
9/10/11 How Did 9/11 Change Your Life?. September 11, 2001 changed America forever. As we approach the 10th Anniversary of that day we are asking our audience how America has changed.
 
First we’re going to be talking about how America’s military has changed over the last 10 years with our guest, retired Lieutenant General Robert W. Wagner, a West Point graduate who served for 39 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, Gen. Bob Wagner was involved in many American covert military operations from Vietnam to Iraq.
 
Throughout his career, Wagner served in the airborne infantry, Ranger, special operation His final duty was as commanding general of Army Special Operations in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was responsible for all the forces in the United States, especially the integration of joint forces and technology. For instance, Central Command would submit a request for forces for Iraq. Wagner and his team would decide what units to send from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, taking into account how long the unit had been home and what it was qualified to do.
9/17/11 Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck The Heart Of Hitler’s Reich. This is a great and important book that gives the average reader a real sense in the heroism and danger of air combat in World War II. It is difficult to imagine today just how complex a mechanism that a 1,000 airplane bomber raid, involving 15,000 men was. Nor can we envision just how furiously a bitter, dying Germany could defend against it.
 
Author Bob Dorr, whose wide ranging interests makes him the dean of military writers, provides a thrilling, if sometimes heart-chilling story of the famous February 3, 1945 American daylight raid on Berlin. He uses a minute-by-minute account of the raid as the principal thrust of the book, detailing how the mission progressed from the pre-flight take-off to the 4;00 PM (British time) landing. Join host Bob Gould with author Bob Dorr and much more.
9/24/11 Defining Moments: A True Story of War, Family Conflict & Reconciliation. Defining Moments is the compelling true life story of one American soldier’s adventures in the South Pacific during World War II. It is a captivating tale of war behind the front lines as revealed through the prism of the more than 300 letters this young G.I. from rural Ohio wrote to his family between the years 1940-45. This memoir, written by the soldier’s eldest son, captures in vivid detail Bill Dustman’s transformation from a boy into a man. The book presents, in candid detail, the “defining moments” which shaped this young man’s life after he was freed from the bucolic, but cloistered environment of his rural hometown to experience an unfamiliar and uncaring world over which he had little control. Defining Moments graphically and honestly paints a word picture of Bill’s romantic liaisons, his conflicted relationships with fellow G.I.’s, the bizarre, humorous, and even tragic moments that he encountered during his exciting odyssey through the mosquito-infested jungles of Fiji and Solomon Islands to the more inviting tropical beauty of the Philippines. Defining Moments traces not only Bill Dustman’s physical journey through war, but also his psychological and emotional sojourn as he battled to cope with fear, anger, frustration, self-doubt and sadness because of his long separation from family. This book will resonate with every reader on some very personal level.
 
Join host Dale Throneberry and his guest, author Robert Dustman. Bob is a former broadcast journalist who enjoyed a twenty-five year career as a reporter, anchor, news director, sports director and political editor at radio and television stations throughout Michigan including all-news WWJ in Detroit.