Warriors In Their Own Words | First Person War Stories
By The Honor Project
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Remarkable stories of war told by the men who fought for a proud nation. Their words. Their voices. Our first episodes tell riveting stories from World War II, then we move on to the Vietnam War and other dramatic conflicts.
||CleanEpisode 301: 1st Air Cavalry Helicopter Pilot||The 1st Air Cavalry Division was the most lethal assault force assembled in Vietnam. The pilots were the first to fully harness the power of helicopters and their soldier's combat record was second to none. Steven E Warren served...||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 217: B-29 Bomber Pilot in WWII||Charles L. Phillips was a 26-year-old Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, piloting B-29 bombers in the Pacific theater during the final years of WWII. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroics during the strategic...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 216: German U-Boat Lieutenant||In this special episode of Warriors, in Their Own Words, we feature an interview with a German U-boat veteran from World War II. Rudi Toepfer was born in East Prussia, Germany on June 27, 1917. After graduating from the German Naval Academy, he...||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 215: Bob Hoover Legendary Pilot - Part 2||Bob Hoover learned to fly as a teenager in Tennessee, flew over 50 combat missions in World War Two and went on to become a legendary test pilot. Hoover was Chuck Yeager’s backup pilot in the Bell X-1 program and flew the chase plane when...||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 214: Bob Hoover Legendary Pilot - Part 1||Bob Hoover is one of history’s greatest aviators. His career spanned from barnstorming in prop planes, to dogfighting in World War Two and then on to flight testing supersonic jets and performing spectacular aerobatic...||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 213: Pacific War Marine in WWII||John Nicely was a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps during the brutal Pacific island campaigns of WWII. He saw his first action in the battle for the island of Saipan on June 15th, 1944. From there he continued fighting from island to island...||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 212: Pete Everest Air Force Test Pilot||General Frank “Pete” Everest was a record-setting U.S. Air Force Test pilot. As a fighter pilot in World War II he flew over 150 combat missions. He then went on to lead the Air Force flight test program, flying with other legendary pilots like...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 211: Marine Corps Rifleman in Vietnam||John C. Muir was a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He hailed from four generations of men and woman who served in distinguished military service. He was also cousin to John Muir the famous naturalist and conservationist who has been...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 210: WWII Fighter Ace Flies in Korea||Col. Walker “Bud” Mahurin was an American combat fighter pilot. Flying P-47s with the 56th FG in WWII, he became an ace three times over in the skies over France and Germany. He was shot down once but returned with the help of the French...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 209: Intelligence Officer Fighting in Europe||Walter Bodlander was a military intelligence officer for the US Army during WWII. He was born in Germany in 1920. As a Jew, he knew he had to flea Hitler’s regime. He eventually made his way to the United States and volunteered to join the...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 208: Fighter Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen||Colonel Charles Bussey courageously flew P-51 Mustangs as a fighter pilot in World War II. His training came with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the all black Army Air Corps unit. Bussey also went on to serve as a decorated Commander of Army...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 207: Three War Army Hero||This episode tells the dramatic story of an Army veteran who served in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Al Ungerleider’s first taste of combat came on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He went on to march towards Germany,...||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 206: Pacific War Diary||During World War II, the United States Marines played a central role in the battle for the islands of the Pacific. Marine Corps veteran Bill Swanson was often in the first wave to hit the beach in many of these brutal campaigns. In this episode,...||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 205: Flying Tigers & Silver Streaks||This Episode tells the tale of two American pilots of World War II. One, R.T. Smith, was a fighter ace in Burma flying P-40s with the legendary Flying Tigers. He recorded 9 confirmed victories, aiding the Chinese in their conflict with Japan....||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 204: Medal of Honor & Battlefield Recordings||Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers tells his dramatic stories of combat in North Africa and Europe and details the events surrounding his heroic actions during the Normandy campaign. He also offers his unique perspectives on the infantry,...||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 203: D-Day Diary||1994 was the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Throughout that year, The Honor Project sat down with dozens of veterans off the Normandy Invasion to hear their stories and to put these Heroes of Our Nation On Record. O.B. Hill was a member of the 508th...||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 202: D-Day The First Hours||Hours before the Allied Forces hit the beaches of Normandy, courageous British and American soldiers entered France with parachutes and gliders to secure key bridges and enemy artillery positions. Their dangerous missions led the way for the...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 201: First Helicopter Combat Rescue Mission||Welcome to the first episode of Season Two of Warriors In Their Own Words. This episode is about the first Combat Helicopters. Today these aircraft carry the firepower of an artillery battery and can strike targets deep behind every lines, flying...||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 120: Combat Medics in Vietnam||Combat Medics courageously fought to save lives as the war raged around them in Vietnam. Helicopters became virtual hospitals in the air, buying the combat medic valuable time to heal the wounded. Max Cleland, a future US Senator from Georgia,...||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 119: Tunnel Rats in Vietnam||The tunnel rats were courageous soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War. American and Australian troops uncovered the enemy's intricate network of tunnels while conducting larger operations....||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 118: Snipers in Vietnam||Military snipers were trained sharpshooters assigned to kill a man with one perfect shot. These highly disciplined marksman often stalked a target for days waiting for just the right moment to squeeze the trigger. Lurking in the shadows alone, the...||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 117: SOG Covert Task Force in Vietnam||Studies and Observations Group (SOG) was a highly classified, special ops unit that conducted unconventional warfare during the Vietnam War. SOG carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, and conducted rescue...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 116: Wild Weasels in Vietnam||The Wild Weasels of the United States Air Force were some of the most courageous pilots in Vietnam. In a deadly game of cat and mouse, they flew fighter jets like the F-100, F-105 and F-4s deep into hostile airspace to coax the enemy into opening fire..||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 115: Bat 21Rescue in Vietnam||On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, two EB-66 aircraft, call signs Bat 21 and Bat 22 were flying pathfinder escort for three B-52s, which were assigned to bomb the two primary access routes to the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Laos. Gene...||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 114: Forward Air Controllers in Vietnam||Forward Air Controllers or FACs choreographed this skies over the battlefield in Vietnam. They courageously flew low, slow and unarmed over enemy territory in small, propeller driven aircraft like the Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog and 0-2 Skymaster. The FACs...||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 113: Vietnam Forward Observers||During the Vietnam War, all too often the chaos of battle found Allied forces trapped and facing annihilation in hostile territory. The situation called for courageous men to rise above their fears and carry out some of the deadliest missions in the...||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 112: Iwo Jima||The battle for Iwo Jima in World War II became the bloodiest in U. S. Marine Corps history. But for survivors like Chuck Tatum, it also represents the best, the Marines and the United States has to give. For despite the 23,000 American...||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 111: Marine Raiders in the Pacific||The Marine Raiders were elite units established by the United States Marine Corp during World War II to conduct special amphibious assault missions, operating behind the lines. The Raiders were created by an order from...||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 110: Amphibious Assault in the Pacific||By 1943, the war in the Pacific burned in its full fury. On November 20th, the Allies launched the first amphibious assault against heavily defended beaches in US history. The 2nd division of the US Marine Corps, used amphibious tractors and assault...||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 109: Guadalcanal||The unrelenting ferocity of the Pacific War was without a doubt the bloodiest and most savage of the two theaters of World War II. The memories of brutal battles like Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Midway and Iwo Jima are forever seared into minds of the...||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 108: Glider Attack On D-Day||They are known as America's first military stealth aircraft. Under cover of darkness, the Waco CG-4A combat glider carried U.S. troops and materiel into battle during World War II. William Horn and Leo Cordier, pilots who flew these unarmed...||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 107: U.S. Rangers On D-Day||This episode features the dramatic role of the U.S Rangers on D-Day during World War II. Leonard Lomell and Sidney Salomon, from the 2nd Ranger Battalion, were among those who comprised America's first Special Forces group. They were part...||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 106: Hitting the Beach On D-Day||On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the largest amphibious military assault in history known as D-Day. More than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy...||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 105: Airborne Assault On D-Day||June 6th, 1944...D-Day. It was the greatest military assault ever staged. Code named Operation Overlord, the massive invasion of Normandy by the Allies involved more than a quarter of a million soldiers, sailors and airmen as well as 5000 ships and...||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 104: Assault on Germany in World War Two||In 1944, the Allies fought their way from the beaches of Normandy towards German soil. Their sites were firmly set on pushing all the way to Hitler's capital Berlin and putting an end to WWII. Success in Europe required soldiers with a wide variety of..||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 103: Battle of the Bulge||Toward the end of December 1944 it was clear the Germans were losing WWII. Low on fuel, munitions and morale, the ability of the rogue nation was slipping by the hour. Still with 6,000,000 men under arms, Hitler burned with a passion for one more mad...||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 102: Air War Over Europe in World War Two||By 1942, the skies over Germany were aflame with German fighters battling Allied bombers for the survival of Europe and the free world. Central to victory in this air war were the fighter planes of the Allies. At first they were obsolete and...||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 101: Armored Warfare in World War Two||D-Day was only the beginning. The Allied assault on June 6th, 1944 launched a bloody offensive that wouldn't end until Hitler's Reich lay in ruins. The battlefields are forever etched in the memories of the men who were there... the...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great but volume level a problem
Awesome podcast for subject matter. Main problem is often that the volume level of the interviewer is too low to hear when adjusted to interviewee, then unnecessary music in between is too loud.
Insightful and Moving
So glad that the stories from these heroes were captured to be shared.
Peter Everest Air force test pilot.
Great interview and excellent podcast!