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Sun 9/18/2022

Cobra Gunship Pilot Lew Jennings

2022-09-18T15:47:36-07:00September 18th, 2022|

Cobra gunship pilot Lew Jennings flew 726 missions in Vietnam, receiving over 50 combat decorations including three Distinguished Flying Cross citations for Valor and 36 Air Medals.  He published a memoir about helicopter combat in Vietnam named “19 Minutes to Live”. He joins us as part of our partnership with the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Vietnam was considered the first “helicopter” war. Over 12,000 helicopters flew 5.25 million sorties. Eighty percent of the light observation helicopters, forty seven percent of [...]

Tue 7/19/2022

Ross Detwiler – Distinguished Flying Cross

2022-07-19T11:01:18-07:00July 19th, 2022|

The Distinguished Flying Cross is our nation’s fourth highest award for heroism and the highest award for extraordinary aerial achievement. Three time DFC recipient Ross Detwiler and his fellow “Misty” pilots volunteered to fly some of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War. Twenty two percent of the forward air controllers were shot down. Ross was among them. The original Forward Air Control missions were flown in much slower, propeller driven aircraft. However, because the loss rates of pilots [...]

Tue 11/9/2021

Three Veteran’s Day Perspectives

2021-11-09T09:30:18-07:00November 9th, 2021|

Veteran’s Day is a very important day for American Warrior Radio. Three Veterans joins us to share their thoughts. Frank Antenori served as a Green Beret. He trained Mujahedeen fighters to fight the Soviets, served in Desert Storm and returned to Afghanistan in 2002, participating in Operation Anaconda among other actions. His book Rough Neck 91 describes his A-Team’s battle against a numerically superior force in Iraq. Frank’s uncle Gino Merli was awarded the Medal of Honor in World War [...]

Tue 10/26/2021

Mended Wings – Vietnam Purple Heart Pilots

2021-10-26T14:55:54-07:00October 26th, 2021|

Mended Wings: The Vietnam War Experience through the Eyes of Ten American Purple Heart Pilots is a compelling collection of stories of heroism. Author Colin P. Cahoon served as an Army helicopter pilot himself and the book is his homage to the generation that came before. Colin didn’t set out to be a helicopter pilot, but started in Air Assault School. After being dropped off in the woods and having to trudge back to base, he realized that the helicopter [...]

Sat 3/13/2021

The League of Wives – Heath Hardage Lee

2021-03-13T18:04:23-07:00March 13th, 2021|

“The League of Wives; The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home” is Heath Hardage Lee’s homage to this very inspirational group of women.  Heath has worked in the women’s history space for twenty years and was horrified that this narrative had never been told. In addition to the tragedy of having their husbands as prisoners of war or missing in action, perhaps the most heartbreaking aspect of this story is [...]

Sun 2/7/2021

Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin – Eileen Bjorkman

2021-02-07T13:20:31-07:00February 7th, 2021|

“Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin; A Story of the US Military’s Commitment to Leave No One Behind” is a superbly researched book.  “We will leave no person behind” is an ethos of our military dating as far back as before the Revolutionary War. Author Eileen Bjorkman served 30 years in the Air Force, much of it as a flight test engineer. She has experience with more than 25 different military aircraft. Flight Test Engineers are behind the scenes personnel [...]

Sun 8/30/2020

Tony Marshall – Pushing Boundaries

2021-03-26T17:19:22-07:00August 30th, 2020|

Marion “Tony” Marshall had a penchant for pushing boundaries.  This led to some rather intriguing experiences during his time as a POW in Vietnam. Tony always wanted to be a pilot. Despite “skating” in high school he secured an interview for a military academy appointment and was one of only 6 black cadets in his Air Force Academy class of 1,000 persons.  His eyesight prevented him from entering pilot training so he chose to become a navigator just to get [...]

Sun 8/9/2020

Glyn Haynie – When I Turned Nineteen

2021-01-10T18:20:15-07:00August 9th, 2020|

Glyn Haynie turned 19 years old one month after he set foot in Vietnam. Military service was in his family blood; a Haynie from every generation has served going back to the American Revolution.  Still, it was disconcerting that despite an Army policy against brothers serving together in combat, Glyn and his brother were shipped to Vietnam together. Literally on the same flight. Glyn Haynie has published seven books, three related to his experiences in Vietnam and the years that [...]

Sun 10/13/2019

Khe Sahn – Ken Rodgers

2021-03-24T16:58:05-07:00October 13th, 2019|

The siege of Khe Sahn was one of the most ferocious and epic battles of the Vietnam War. Ken Rodgers was there and has produced a compelling documentary that everyone should watch: “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor". Ken’s documentary features interviews and first-hand accounts with 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman who survived the battle. Khe Sahn pitted 6,000 Marines and our Vietnamese allies against 20,000 or more communist North Vietnamese troops. 274 US personnel were killed and another 2,541 [...]

Sun 10/6/2019

POW Charlie Plumb – “I’m No Hero”

2021-03-24T16:58:47-07:00October 6th, 2019|

Navy Pilot Charlie Plumb had complete 74 combat missions over Vietnam and was five days away from completing his tour of duty when a surface to air missile brought down his F-4 Phantom near Hanoi. He would endure 2,103 days as a POW and recounts these experiences – and lessons learned – in his book “I’m No Hero”.  The book is now in its 33rd publication and is filled with stories of resilience, inventiveness and the power of the human [...]

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