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Sun 11/29/2020

“Rock Force” – Kevin Maurer

2020-12-21T22:53:24-07:00November 29th, 2020|

Rock Force is the latest book by bestselling author Kevin Maurer.  It describes the experiences of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment in retaking the fortress island of Corregidor from the Japanese during World War II.  Kevin used unpublished transcripts provided by family members and at least one first person interview to “rebuild” the actions of those paratroopers in 1945. He also spent a week on Corregidor “walking the book”, at one point even finding scraps of a parachute. Kevin’s goal [...]

Sun 6/7/2020

“Here I Am, Send Me” – D-Day 75th Anniversary

2021-01-10T18:29:25-07:00June 7th, 2020|

Here I Am, Send Me documents a very special parachute jump conducted over Normandy on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.  The film can be found on the Devinsupertramp YouTube channel. Two of the participants join us to share their thoughts and motivations. Scoti Domeij is the Gold Star mother of Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer Domeij, the most deployed soldier in US history to be killed in action.  Matthew “Griff” Griffin served with Kristoffer and did four [...]

Sun 5/24/2020

Stalag 17B Prisoner Walter Ram

2020-12-21T22:04:06-07:00May 24th, 2020|

Stalag 17B was “home” for B-17 radio operator Walter Ram for two years. Stalag 17B was one of the Nazi regime’s most notorious POW camps. Walter lied about his age in order to enlist at the age of 16. One year later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew was assigned to the 94th Bombardment Group, 331st Squadron of the 8th Air Force.  He shares the humorous story of how his aircraft, the “Helno-Gal” came to be named. On his [...]

Sun 1/26/2020

B-17 Over Berlin – Col. Richard Bushong

2020-12-21T22:05:55-07:00January 26th, 2020|

B-17 pilot Richard Bushong completed 28 combat missions over Europe during World War II.  He flew as a member of the 390th Bomb Group of the US 8th Air Force, the subject of the compelling documentary “The Cold Blue.” (L-R) BBG, Col. Richard Bushong, Alex Wright- 390th Memorial Museum Richard specifically requested to be a B-17 pilot. After completing combat training in Washington, he sailed to England aboard the Queen Mary. Some might consider this luxury travel but [...]

Sun 2/24/2019

Rampage; The Battle of Manila – James M. Scott

2020-12-21T22:36:18-07:00February 24th, 2019|

“Rampage: McArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila” is James M. Scott’s fourth military history book and has been named a Best Book of 2018 by Amazon.  James is one of my favorite authors because his research is meticulous. Manila has been the scene of 12 battles, the first occurring in the year 1258.  The World War II battle began February 3rd and pitted two military leaders of great reputation.  For General Douglas McArthur, it was the fulfillment of his [...]

Wed 2/20/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command – Samuel Cox

2020-12-21T22:44:36-07:00February 20th, 2019|

The Naval History and Heritage Command serves as the Navy’s institutional memory by preserving, acquiring, producing and disseminating Naval history information and artifacts.  Samuel Cox joins us to discuss the discovery of the remains of the USS Hornet – 76 years after she was sunk. Samuel became Director of the NHHC in 2014 after an illustrious 37 year career as in intelligence officer.  As a history major at the US Naval Academy, the opportunity to serve as Director of the [...]

Sun 7/8/2018

Hell Below – James M. Scott & Ron Morgan

2021-01-10T19:16:11-07:00July 8th, 2018|

Hell Below is a documentary series of the Smithsonian Channel describing submarine combat during the Second World War.  On today’s show we talk with James M. Scott, one of the experts featured in the series and retired Navy Rear Admiral Ron Morgan. James has written several excellent books about historical military events including Target Tokyo, Attack on the Liberty and The War Below.  Two of the submarines James highlights in The War Below are featured in the Hell Below series. [...]

Sun 6/17/2018

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams

2021-01-11T07:10:44-07:00June 17th, 2018|

President Truman presents Woody with the Medal of Honor Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams had no interest in joining the military but like many patriotic Americans decided to volunteer following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Woody would have to wait until he was old enough join and his first attempt at the Marine Corps was rejected because he was too small. He was trained in the use of demolitions and operating a flamethrower after being shipped [...]

Sun 4/8/2018

Collings Foundation – Wings of Freedom Tour

2021-01-11T08:03:08-07:00April 8th, 2018|

(L-R) Co-host John Eslinger, WWII Vet Al Arreola & BBG The purpose of the Collings Foundation is to organize and support living history events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation.  We broadcast today’s show from under the wing of a B-17 bomber taking part in the Collings Foundation “Wings of Freedom” Tour. Tiffany Denlinger, half of the Denlinger Team at Nova Home Loans begins our show by sharing information about the Veterans [...]

Sun 3/9/2014

Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Richard Cole

2021-01-12T10:03:36-07:00March 9th, 2014|

Crew No. 1 (Plane #40-2344, target Tokyo): 34th Bombardment Squadron, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, pilot; Lt. Richard E. Cole, copilot; Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; SSgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; SSgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo) On April 18, 1942 sixteen B-25 bombers launched off the deck of the USS Hornet destined for Tokyo.  This "one way" mission later became known as the "Doolittle Raid" and was a huge morale boost to a [...]

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