225: Fighting the Global War on Terror with the Bastogne Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
1y ago
Today we are joined with Michael Franks. Michael joined the Army in 2005 on an 18X contract inbound to Special Forces. Injury changed his course where he then found himself with the historic 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry (No Slack) of the 101st Airborne Division. Michael served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with No Slack and served during the events which were filmed for the documentary Hornet's Nest—specifically the Battle of Barawala Kalay Valley.  We highly recommend giving Hornet's Nest a watch if you haven't already seen it. We discuss Michael's experience and feelings durin ..read more
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222: Diving into the Civil War with James Cosgrove of Project Past
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
1y ago
Today we are joined with James Cosgrove. James is the curator of Project Past which explores American battlefields, museums, and little-known historic sites here in the United States. His page highlights many historic American landmarks such as Yorktown, the Battle of New Orleans, Gettysburg, the National WWII Museum, and many more. We discuss with James his love of American history, as well as the many takeaways he has from documenting these sites across America. While many of our War Stories conversations are typically about America’s involvement overseas, it’s nice to discuss older American ..read more
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221: Sharing insights from the war in Ukraine with Ian Richardson
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by Preston Stewart
1y ago
DESC Support the show and become a War Stories patron: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast  Website: https://www.warstories.co ..read more
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220: Why Ukraine Matters with John Spencer
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
1y ago
We are joined again today with John Spencer to talk Ukraine. Spencer is an award-winning scholar, professor, author, combat veteran, and internationally recognized expert and advisor on urban warfare and other military related topics. Considered one of the world’s leading expert on urban warfare, he served as an advisor to the top four-star general and other senior leaders in the U.S. Army as part of strategic research groups from the Pentagon to the United States Military Academy. We discuss the ongoing Ukrainian/Russian war and how it fits historically and geopolitically with both the United ..read more
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219: A LRRP Ranger in Vietnam helping to improve the VA for his fellow veterans - Artie Guerrero
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
1y ago
Today we are joined with Artie Guerrero. Artie served in Vietnam so his younger brother didn't have to and was one of fourteen to be hand-selected into the newly formed Ranger LRRP unit assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. As a LRRP Ranger, Artie was shot four times when three North Vietnamese companies ambushed Artie's 6-man recon team in April 1967. He is a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, and the Purple Heart.   Shortly after returning home from the war wounded, Artie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Since then, Artie has been a ..read more
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218: Exploring World War 2 Battlefields with JD Huitt of The History Underground
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
1y ago
JD Huitt of the YouTube channel The History Underground joins us today. JD is a historian who has spent much of his personal time travelling to and documenting historical locations to provide the viewer a firsthand view of what these past battle sites look like today. We discuss with JD his recent trip to WWII’s Pacific Theater and the Marine and Japanese fight on these remote islands. JD spent time on Saipan, where he documented key locations of the Battle of Saipan—which has been referred to as the "Pacific D-Day" with the invasion fleet departing Pearl Harbor the day before the Normandy inv ..read more
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217: Taking on veteran suicide with retired Navy SEAL Dave Berkenfield
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
2y ago
We are joined today with Dave Berkenfield. Dave retired after spending 25 years in special operations having served as a Navy SEAL beginning in the 90’s and retiring only a couple years ago. Today, he serves in a leadership role on racing teams with Chip Ganassi Racing headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Having served on 20 combat deployments during his time as a SEAL, we discuss with Dave the impact on us veterans upon leaving the service, and the terrible infliction that is veteran suicide. Since his retirement, Dave has worked closely with the American Legion to develop the “Be the One ..read more
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216: Life as a US Army drill sergeant with SFC Corey Jones
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by Preston Stewart
2y ago
We are joined in this episode today with Corey Jones. Corey is a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he turns Army recruits into infantrymen and women. We discussed the challenges, rewards, and the impact drill sergeants make on their recruits as well as the method of instruction used in basic training today as compared to years past. It was nice to catch up with Corey as the three of us all served in the same infantry company in Afghanistan. We are proud to know people like Corey who continue to represent and lead the youth of America. It was a pleasure. Support the show and become ..read more
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215: So much goes into training our military
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
2y ago
Quick episode here after spending a few weeks up at Ft. McCoy, WI.  Wanted to chat with Sayre and share with you all some takeaways I had from my annual training with the Army Reserve. Support the show and become a War Stories patron: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast  Website: https://www.warstories.co ..read more
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214: Nick Laidlaw of Battles and Beers
War Stories by Preston Stewart
by Preston Stewart
2y ago
We are joined by Nick Laidlaw. Nick is a former Marine Infantryman, who from that experience, now has a passion to share the extremes of the human experience in warfare. His website, Battles and Beers shares stories of the men, women, and civilians who have gone willingly or unwillingly into harm’s way. Nick is also the author of What War Did to Us, Combat Through Their Eyes a collection of short vignettes spanning from 1914 to present. He has interviewed men from both sides of almost every major war since 1939. He has had nearly 200 conversations with men from 20+ different armies, including ..read more
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