Sun 2/28/2021

Merchant Marine Veteran Dave Yoho

2021-03-01T14:41:41-07:00February 28th, 2021|

Merchant Marine Veteran Dave Yoho falsified his birth certificate so he could join the effort during World War II.  He was fifteen years old when he joined the branch that would experience the highest casualty ratio of the war; 1 in 26 Merchant Marines would give their lives. Dave joined the crew aboard the SS Great Meadows, a T2 refueling tanker operating in the Pacific Theatre. He worked in the engine room, thirty eight below the water line.  When he [...]

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  Kevin used unpublished transcripts provided by family members and at least one first person interview to “rebuild” the actions of those paratroopers in 1945.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 7/19/2020

Richard Burt – A WWII Musical Legacy

2021-03-24T16:33:46-07:00July 19th, 2020|

Richard Burt, like many of his generation, volunteered when our nation entered World War II.  The Army decided he should be trained as a “Latrine Technician”.  However, recognizing the positive morale building effects of music, the Army also was standing up nearly 500 bands and this proved Richard Burt’s ticket out of permanent latrine duty. Burt was a very talented trumpet player and volunteered to deploy to the Pacific with the 746th Far East Air Force Band so that the [...]

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 12/15/2019

Hitler in World War II – David Pyne

2021-03-24T16:55:34-07:00December 15th, 2019|

David Pyne Hitler could have changed the course of World War II had he made some different decisions. We have a “reverse lens” historic discussion with respected public policy commentator and national security advisor David Pyne. He has written a very interesting series of articles at Real about how the outcomes of WWII may have been different. David hypothesizes that the Allies could have avoided war all together had they not insisted on the “Carthiginian Peace” of [...]

Sun 4/28/2019

Easy Company – Band of Brothers

2021-03-26T17:31:39-07:00April 28th, 2019|

Easy Company was only one of the nine rifle companies that comprised the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II.  However, they became the best known thanks to Stephen Ambrose’s book and the HBO series “Band of Brothers”. Douglas Spain as Pvt. Tony Garcia Three guests join us to discuss Easy Company and their story; Suzanne Ryan has been fascinated with WWII history since the age of 12.  She has led historical tours of Normandy and helped [...]

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 [...]

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