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 [...]

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

2021-04-11T09:05:59-07:00June 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 6/18/2017

World War II Foundation – Tim Gray

2021-02-01T19:38:06-07:00June 18th, 2017|

Tim Gray is the Founder and Chairman of the World War II Foundation. He has produced 18 World War II documentary films to date, with several more in post-production.  Tim is a master storyteller; just the kind of person we love on American Warrior Radio! His work has been recognized with FIVE regional Emmy Awards, THREE Indie International Film Fest Awards and American Public Television’s National Programming Excellence Award. Tim’s documentary films rank among the top five most requested programs [...]

Sun 2/26/2017

Pearl Harbor w/ Author Craig Nelson

2021-02-02T08:06:08-07:00February 26th, 2017|

Pearl Harbor, From Infamy to Greatness by best-selling author Craig Nelson is a real page turner! Five years of research and over 1 million pages of documents expose perspective and details that even well-read fans of World War II history will find enlightening. Craig delves into highlights from his book including the chaos in Japan that led to the ultimate decision to attack Pearl Harbor.  From conflicted military leaders to a revolving door of prime ministers, one gets the impression [...]

Sun 12/25/2016

Douglas Dillard – Christmas at Battle of the Bulge

2021-03-02T12:42:11-07:00December 25th, 2016|

Douglas Dillard convinced his mother to let him enlist on July 3rd, 1942 when he was still 16 years old. He spent a number of Christmas holidays away from home – the Battle of the Bulge was his first. Dillard made his first combat jump into France as part of the 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment one month shy of his 18th birthday. He is proud that his company captured TWO German Generals within 24 hours of landing. One of those [...]

Sun 11/13/2016

Don Collier – Actor & Navy Vet

2021-03-02T19:59:49-07:00November 13th, 2016|

Don Collier enlisted in the Navy while he was still in high school.  But by the time he became eligible at 17 years old, the Second World War had been over for two months.  Nonetheless, Don completed his commitment to the Navy, serving aboard the light cruiser USS Astoria.  He volunteered for duty peeling potatoes in the ship’s “Spud Shack” because at least that got him up onto the deck level of the ship. Don accepted a football scholarship following [...]

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