The following shows aired in June 2015. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
June 6 Is D-Day; Are We Doing Enough to Honor The Greatest Generation’s Vets? History Scholar Says Honoring Veterans’ Sacrifice All the More Important With The Greatest Generation Leaving Us. On the heels of Memorial Day comes the anniversary of D-Day—when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.
By June 11, 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches. By that time, there were more than 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead among the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths among the Allied air forces.
This year will be the invasion’s 71st anniversary, and the last of the battle’s veterans are dying off, which makes honoring their sacrifice all the more important, says history scholar Robert Lundgren.
“The battles of WWII are not only part of our immediate heritage; our success in the war is why our heritage survives today,” says Lundgren, who adds that other veterans of the war also deserve to be honored. Throughout a 10-year period, he wrote “The World Wonder’d: What Really Happened Off Samar,” (http://tinyurl.com/k9qnkpj). In the process of writing he had to learn how to read Kanji, which, in 1944, was closer to Chinese than what is spoken today in modern Japan.
“Accuracy in history matters,” he says. “Not only does it inform our current and future decisions – we also owe that integrity for those who fought for our privileges today.”
Lundgren discusses more details from WWII in honor of D-Day.
|6/14/15||Space—Neil Armstrong. Join us this week on Veterans Radio with our guest, Jay Barbree, NBC award winning Space Correspondent. Jay will introduce the release, in paperback, of his book Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight.
Topics to be covered include: anecdotal stories of early American space flights, the Orion Mars project, outer space and the future beyond.
|6/21/15||Sailor Man. Join host Dale Throneberry and his guest, award winning author of Sailor Man, Del Staecker.
“Veterans often share details about their agonizing search for “normal.” Eventually some find their way back to everyday life and happiness, while others continue to struggle day and night with secret nightmares. Sailor Man is the compelling and emotional story about one World War II veteran who never made it back to normal. This book describes the personal cost of war paid by one man and his family, and it will break your heart- especially if you are a child of a combat veteran.” Joyce Faulkner, award winning author of “In the Shadow of Suribachi”.
|6/28/15||Vietnam Stories—Reloaded. Veterans Radio goes back to its roots again for a repeat of this popular program. In the studio with me will be a panel of Vietnam Veterans. Live their experiences as they tell recollections of events gone past. So take a trip back about 45 years and catch these guys and their own ‘Vietnam War.’ Stay in the know. Get it straight from Veterans Radio.|