October 24, 2021
This week’s host is Dale Throneberry. His guest is Leah Williams, Film Producer
- Larry Freeland, Author of “Chariots in the Sky”
- Leah Williams, Producer of “American Veteran”
"American Veteran" and "Chariots in the Sky"
Chariots in the Sky
A Novel – US Assault Helicopter Pilots in Vietnam
Captain Taylor St. James, along with his friends and comrades, as they fly harrowing combat missions, cover for each other, deal with bad weather, mechanical problems and human error during the later part of the Vietnam War. When not flying, they are harassed by rocket attacks and sappers in the wire. Taylor discovers the North Vietnamese are not his only enemy as he copes with the pressures put on him by a commander more interested in personal glory than his men’s well being.
This is the story of Captain Taylor St. James, a dedicated Army helicopter pilot, who is sent to Vietnam. He just wants to do his job, survive the war and return home to his wife Sandy and family. While performing his duties, Taylor will be challenged and tested beyond any measure he could have ever envisioned.
Larry Freeland served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer and CH-47 helicopter pilot. He has been a banker, financial consultant, and College Instructor in Management and Leadership Development. He is now retired and living in North Georgia. He enjoys fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis, volunteering for Veterans events, driving his Corvette, and writing books.
For more information: www.larryfreeland.com
AMERICAN VETERAN is a new, four-part PBS series exploring the veteran experience.
Created to help bridge the gap between those who have served and those who have not, the series features personal stories from an incredibly diverse group from all branches of the service covering multiple issues of life in the military. It premieres on Tuesdays, October 26-November 16.
Episode 1: “The Crossing” – Tuesday, October 26
As recruits take the oath to serve, they leave the civilian world to become soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen or women and their transformation begins. “There is a very stark line between before boot camp and after boot camp,” one veteran recalls. Hosted by Drew Carey, former Marine and TV host
Episode 2: “The Mission” – Tuesday, November 2
Military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways. Veterans’ stories showcase the raw impact of these experiences, including a young Coast Guard recruit who helped ferry soldiers to fight and die on D-Day, a pilot based in Nevada who remotely guided bomber drones over Afghanistan, and a young Marine who rose to become the first Latina general. Hosted by Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient
Episode 3: “The Return” – Tuesday, November 9
Hollywood war stories seem to end with the hero’s triumphant return, but in reality, the road back to civilian life is often less certain. For some, there were ticker-tape parades; for others, protests, anger and silence. Some veterans recall the confidence they brought home, while others remember thinking, “What am I going to do now?” Hosted by Wes Studi, a Vietnam War veteran (National Guard) and Native American (Cherokee) activist
Episode 4: “The Reckoning” – Tuesday, November 16
“Those who went into the service and those who did not, we are two different realities,” observes a veteran. But there are differences from veteran to veteran. Some appreciate “Thank you for your service;” others wonder if the thanks are just “bumper sticker deep.” Veterans reflecting on their service ask how we—veterans and civilians together—can move America forward. Hosted by J. R. Martinez, an Army veteran, actor and motivational speaker
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