Warriors In Their Own Words

First Person War Stories

Remarkable stories of war told by those 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.

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This past Memorial Day, in Hudson, Ohio, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter was a guest speaker. He spoke about the meaning of memorial day, and the importance of honoring the fallen. He also spoke about the holiday’s origins, and how one of the earliest examples involved freed black slaves honoring fallen union soldiers after the Civil War.

During this part of his speech, Lt. Col. Kemter’s microphone was cut, intentionally, by event organizers from the local American Legion chapter.

Today, we bring you Lt. Col. Kemter’s Memorial Day address, in its entirety.

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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part II

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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy talks about counterintelligence and about suffering a traumatic brain injury from an IED in Iraq
Listen to Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part II

Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part I

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Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy tells stories of serving in counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005.
Listen to Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy: Counterintelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Part I

Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part II

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In the second of a two-part episode, Col. Bill Gara tells stories of the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 1st Infantry.
Listen to Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part II

Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part I

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Col. Bill Gara tells stories of the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 1st Infantry, which he led from the 1944 Normandy landings through May of 1945.
Listen to Col. Bill Gara: Leading the First Engineer Battalion in World War II, Part I

More About Warriors In Their Own Words and The HONOR Project

Warriors: In Their Own Words tells remarkable stories of war told by the veterans 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. These podcasts are a production of The HONOR Project: Heroes of Our Nation On Record.

Since 1991, award-winning documentarians Rob Kirk, Rob Lihani and Donna Lusitana have been recording and archiving the remarkable and very personal stories of living U.S. wartime veterans from World War I through modern conflicts. To provide an ongoing structure for the preservation of these stories, recounted by those who lived them, Kirk, Lihani and Lusitana joined with digital media pioneer, Marc Honorof, to create The HONOR Project.

“We are in the business of reporting history,” said Kirk, “Right now, these incredibly candid stories from a passing generation are what America wants to hear. We didn’t just sit these men down with a list of questions and ask them to reel off facts. We let them speak from the heart and captured all the emotion of their experiences.”

"By wrapping contextual narration around these astonishing stories and adding high quality production values,” said Lihani, “we have produced podcasts which are not only educational, but fascinating as well, along the lines of Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation, or HBO’s Band of Brothers. Many of these veterans are no longer with us, so their accounts need to be remembered and archived. There simply is no substitute for listening to these men tell us their own experiences, in their own words and voices."

If you enjoy hearing these dramatic stories directly from our Nation's heroes and want to support us, please give us a 5-star review on iTunes and any other platform you have found us on. Also please share the link with your friends who you think would appreciate these compelling chapters of our history.

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Ken Harbaugh

The Host
A former US Navy Pilot & past president of Team Rubicon Global; served as a commentator for NPR; a host on Crooked Media; & a contributor to The NY Times & The Atlantic.