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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Pacific War Diary

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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, he paints a vivid picture of what it was like to fight in the "living hell" of these steaming jungles and swamps. He shares his experiences on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima, battling a hidden and determined enemy.

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Lt. Col. Amy McGrath: The First Female Marine to Fly a Combat Mission in an F-18

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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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