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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First Helicopter Combat Rescue Mission

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Today helicopters carry the firepower of an artillery battery and can strike deep behind every lines, flying day or night in any weather. But back in 1944 helicopters were a brand new technology. Aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky supplied the first primitive choppers to the US Army and four pilots were trained to fly the untested aircraft in the jungles of Burma. Carter Harman was one of those first courageous pilots and he performed the world's first helicopter combat rescue mission.

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Lt. Col. Amy McGrath describes her experiences as a woman in the Marine Corps, and her combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific.
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James E.T. Hopkins: WWII Combat Surgeon in Merrill’s Marauders

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James E.T. Hopkins shares the stories of the famous Merrill’s Marauders, who served in Burma in WWII
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Kris Goldsmith: The Horrific Documentation of Death

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Army Vet Kris Goldsmith describes photographing corpses in Iraq and his struggle with PTSD
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Colonel Logan E. Weston: The Fightin’ Preacher and Merrill’s Marauders in WWII

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Weston describes his combat experience as a part of the famous Merrill’s Marauders, who fought in burma in WWII
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