TSgt Paul 'Bud' Haedike, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II
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by Radio America
1w ago
Paul "Bud" Haedike was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. Before long he was assigned as a togglier bombardier on a B-17 bomber crew. From the final months of 1944 into 1945, Sgt. Haedike took part in 23 bombing missions over Europe, and none of those missions came with a guarantee he would return to base safely. In fact, Haedike remembers cooks at his base in England telling crews to eat up since it might be their final meal. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Sgt. Haedike recounts his first mission, which resulted in a crash landing in Belgium and an emotional return decad ..read more
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Jim Leavelle, U.S. Navy, WWII, Pearl Harbor, Kennedy Assassination
Veterans Chronicles
by Radio America
2w ago
Jim Leavelle had a front row seat to two of the most shocking moments of the 20th Century, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whitney when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and serving as a homicide detective for the Dallas Police Department when President John F. Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963. Leavelle is most famous for being handcuffed to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby two days after President Kennedy was murdered. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Leavelle walks us through the harrowing events of the attac ..read more
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SSG Jack Moran, U.S. Army, WWII, Battle of the Bulge, Crossing the Rhine
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by Radio America
3w ago
Jack Moran grew up in Wisconsin, joined the Army, and was deployed to France in the autumn of 1944. Over the next several months, Moran his his fellow soldiers in the 87th Infantry Division would see brutal combat throughout the Allied push into the heart of Germany. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Moran takes us back to the westrrn front in vivid detail. He begins with his shocking introduction to combat, the difficult fight for Hill 360 in France, racing to help out at the Battle of the Bulge and the vicious confrontations that ensued. From there, Moran describes breaching the Si ..read more
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COL Bob Edwards, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Ia Drang
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by Radio America
1M ago
Bob Edwards went through the Army ROTC program at Lafayette College and was commissioned as an officer in 1960. Soon, he was on his way to Germany at a very sensitive time in the Cold War as Berlin was divided in 1961 and became a focal point of the Cold War once again. Shortly after that deployment, Edwards was assigned to a new unit testing whether air assets could move troops and equipment as well or better than wheeled vehicles. He was also named company commander in what would become the 1st Battaltion of the 7th Cavalry within the 1st Air Mobile Division. Edwards and the other men of th ..read more
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Brig Gen Steve Ritchie, USAF, Vietnam, America's Last Ace Pilot
Veterans Chronicles
by Radio America
1M ago
Retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Steve Ritchie excelled at every level in the Air Force, from the gridiron at the Air Force Academy to flight training to the skies over Vietnam. Fifty years after his second tour of duty in Vietnam, Gen. Ritchie remains the most recent ace among American fighter pilots. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Gen. Ritchie tells us why football taught him the most valuable lesson at the Air Force Academy and what propelled him to the very top of his class during training. He also explains why he loved the F-4 and the advantages and disadvantages it pr ..read more
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Maj. Gen. James Livingston, USMC, Vietnam, Medal of Honor
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by Radio America
1M ago
James Livingston entered the ROTC program when he entered college. A decade later, he was in Vietnam as a company commander, leading his fellow Marines into battle against the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong. His actions in the vicious 1968 battle of Dai Do would result in the Medal of Honor. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Gen. Livingston takes us through the combat that day, in which his Marines were overwhelmingly outnumbered and were forced to fight hand-to-hand at times. Livingston also tells us how he led his men under heavy fire and details his three injuries that day ..read more
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Capt. John Harris, U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII
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by Radio America
2M ago
John Harris jumped at the chance to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as soon as the demand was lifted that required two years of college. Soon Harris was in Florida, proving himself in the P-51 and being just one of nine in his flight class who didn't wash out. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles, Capt. Harris takes us with him to the China-Burma-India theater. He describes the mission that devastated the Japanese air forces in the area, what it was like to see pilots next to him get shot up or shot down, and what it was like living in India during the final months of the ..read more
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Lt. Jim Downing, U.S. Navy, WWII, Pearl Harbor
Veterans Chronicles
by Radio America
2M ago
Jim Downing joined the U.S. Navy in 1931 because the pay was very attractive at the depths of the Great Depression. After training he would be assigned to the brand new USS West Virginia, serving on 16-inch guns and as postmaster for the ship. Ten years later, on December 7, 1941, Downing was at a meeting on shore at Pearl Harbor when word came that the Pacific Fleet was under attack. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Downing explains how he raced back to his ship, helped protect it from exploding and also took it upon himself to write to the families of the fallen from that horrible ..read more
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Col. Walter "Joe" Marm, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Medal of Honor
Veterans Chronicles
by Radio America
2M ago
Walter "Joe" Marm joined the Army to avoid being drafted. Before long he was assigned to a brand new division training for a new type of warfare. It was called the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division. And instead of moving by jeep or troop transport trucks, the men in this division would arrive by helicopter. Soon the new approach would be tested in Vietnam. In this edition, Col. Marm explains his role as a platoon commander in the division's fighting for Landing Zone X-Ray during the vicious battle of Ia Drang in November 1965. He describes the intense fight to rescue another platoon that had be ..read more
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LtCol Rob Riggle, USMC, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
Veterans Chronicles
by Radio America
2M ago
You may know Rob Riggle best as a very successful actor and comedian, but he is also a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with three significant overseas deployments under his belt. In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Riggle explains his unusual path of serving his nation while simultaneously pursuing a career in the arts and how his time in the Marine Corps turned out to be critical to realizing his dreams in the entertainment field. He also describes rescuing Americans and others during a civil war in Liberia and serving in Kosovo following the NATO air campaign to evict Serbia ..read more
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