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Mon10/3/2016

Twenty Third Anniversary of “Blackhawk Down”

October 3rd, 2016|

Col. Lawrence Casper Their mission changed when the call went out; Blackhawk Down. Twenty three years ago, a US Joint Special Operations Force with combined elements of Special Forces units from Army Special Operations Command, Air Force Special Operations Command and Navy Special Warfare Command were dispatched on a mission in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their objective was to capture two high value targets. Ranger Jeff Struecker A mission planned for an hour turned into a running overnight battle and rescue operation when the Blackhawk Down call went out. By the end of the operation, [...]

Sat9/17/2016

USS Arizona Respect and Honor

September 17th, 2016|

RESPECT Lauren Bruner Twenty one year old Fire Controlman 3rd Class Lauren Bruner scrambled to his duty station 87 feet above the deck of the USS Arizona when the attack on Pearl Harbor began.   10 minutes later Japanese bombs fatally crippled the Arizona, trapping Bruner and his shipmates in an inferno. The repair ship Vestal was moored nearby and threw over a line. Bruner and six other men climbed hand over hand across the rope.  Bruner was the second to the last man to leave the USS Arizona and had burns over 70 percent of his body. After [...]

Sun7/3/2016

Protecting our Independence

July 3rd, 2016|

Listening to today’s Independence Day guests, great patriots and warriors all, I found myself getting a little choked up.  My first reaction was slight embarrassment.  Then it dawned on me that this should be the natural response of anyone who holds a deep and abiding love for their country. Having spent the first nine years of my life overseas incubated my love for the USA in a manner that is hard to shake.  The United States was a magical land. One could drink tap water without fear and daily trips to the market were unnecessary.  Every home seemed to have [...]

Wed6/22/2016

A Generation Fades as another steps up to Stand the Watch

June 22nd, 2016|

This morning I was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Staff Sergeant David Thatcher, one of only two remaining members of the original 80 Doolittle Raiders. Then Corporal Thatcher was the engineer/gunner on the crew of the 7th aircraft, “The Ruptured Duck”. (Interesting feat given that the tail guns were replaced with painted broom sticks in order to save weight!) After successfully dropping their bombs on industrial sections of Tokyo, they were forced to ditch their aircraft just off the Chinese coast.  Thatcher was the only crew member not injured. The aircraft’s pilot, Lt. Ted Lawson suffered [...]

Fri6/10/2016

Warriors Needed to Save a Life!

June 10th, 2016|

Warriors Needed! There is a scene from the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” where a candidate for public office repeatedly declares “Is you or is you ain’t my constituency?!”  Right now you have an opportunity to stand up and save a life. One of the principal tenants of our US military is “We never leave men behind”. As regular listeners to American Warrior Radio are aware, we have taken up the battle to save the life of “Dave”, a brave Afghan interpreter who responded to the call of liberty and faced combat shoulder to shoulder with our troops based [...]

Fri5/27/2016

SACRIFICE A MINUTE FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES

May 27th, 2016|

I still wince when I see Memorial Day advertisements for children’s toys, cosmetics, or mattresses.  Admittedly, not as much as when I hear someone wish “Happy Memorial Day” to a Veteran. Despite repeated efforts with multiple dictionaries, I could not find the words “barbecue”, “vacation” or “sale” in any definition of the word memorial. However, the word “memory” was often repeated. It’s time that we remember the purpose of this holiday – to memorialize those who DIED serving our nation. Over 120 broadcasts into the revival of American Warrior Radio, Memorial Day remains the most difficult show for me. Not [...]