Veterans Chronicles is an hour-long program that tells the stories of America’s greatest heroes in their own words.
Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses to the great, and tragic, moments in military history. From D-Day to Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh to the “Hanoi Hilton”, Baghdad to Fallujah, the liberation of Grenada to the liberation of Afghanistan; Veterans Chronicles is history told from the perspective of those who were there.
Included in each show are archival recordings, which take listeners back to a time when heroes were made. The program also includes short features, including “Heroes of the Air,” “World War II Chronicles,” and “Vox Pop.”
The host of Veteran’s Chronicles, Gene Pell, has spent much of the last half-century as an award winning broadcast journalist. He has been both Moscow Bureau Chief and Pentagon Correspondent for NBC News, and for twenty years was news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Boston. He is also former Director for Voice of America and President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Former U.S. Army Ranger Nicholas Irving spent six years with the Army's Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Irving served from demolitions assaulter to Master Sniper, and was the first African-American in his battalion to serve as Sniper. His new book "The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers" is a thrilling memoir detailing the experiences of his military career.
Patrick O'Donnell: First SEALs
Military historian and best-selling author Patrick K. O'Donnell discusses his latest book "First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit." The book tells the story of four extraordinary men who in 1942 united to form the Navy's Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams that would led to the establishment of one of the military's most esteemed units. O'Donnell discusses the sources he used for the book, which for a long time were unavailable, as well as the in-depth research required to tell the story.
Colonel Richard Camp
Richard Camp, retired Marine Corps Colonel, veteran of Vietnam, and esteemed military author and historian discusses his experiences in Vietnam which heavily influenced his life. A recipient of the Purple Heart, Colonel Camp was a Marine Corps officer for 26 years and served as a company commander in Vietnam. He has done much work in historical preservation through several positions such as the Deputy Director for the U.S. Marine Corps History Division. He is the author of ten books, including his most recent publication Assault from the Sky: U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Observations in Vietnam.
Former Army ranger Steve Maguire was a decorated and successful infantry officer, commanding a 9th Infantry Division battalion reconnaissance platoon in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. Maguire's life would change forever in November 1969, when an exploding Viet Cong mine severely wounded him, leaving him blinded for life.
General Bernard Trainor
After graduating from high school in 1946, Lieutenant General Bernard Trainor enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and then was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant after his graduation in 1951. In December of that year, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Division, 1st Marines in Korea as infantry platoon commander. Following his time in Korea, General Trainor served as executive and commanding officer aboard the USS Columbus (CA-74). Trainor would also play a crucial role in Vietnam, where he was assigned as advisor to a Vietnamese special operations group. General Trainor would eventually receive the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, and a Bronze Star.
Colonel Glenn Frazier
Colonel Glenn Frazier ran away to join the U.S. Army at age 16 and was stationed in the Philippines during the Second World War. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the war came to him. In April 1942, Colonel Frazier and the Philippine and American troops were forced to surrender to the Japanese, beginning Frazier's experience as Prisoner of War in several Japanese POW camps. Frazier marched north in the Bataan death march and spent three years of his life as a prisoner of war. His story is one that reminds Americans of the challenges and sacrifices faced by U.S. servicemen, and demonstrates the pride he has for his country.
Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha
Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha grew up in a family strongly committed to military service, which would inspire him to follow his family's legacy and leading him to become one of his generation's great heroes. In September 1999 Romesha enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after being deployed to Germany, Kosovo, and South Korea, he volunteered to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Here he served as section leader of Bravo troop until his unit was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Romesha and his comrades were assigned to Combat Outpost Keating, where he would see heavy action in the Battle of Kamdesh. It was there that his demonstration of valor would later result in his being awarded the Medal of Honor.
General Ed Rowney
As a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, General Ed Rowney's military career continued to flourish following his time on the field. Rowney commanded troops in all three wars, and was appointed the US Representative to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and maintained this position under the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, and Carter. While studying in Poland he had the opportunity to attend the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which inspired him to enter the military -- he sensed that global war would soon emerge. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1933, Rowney entered West Point Military Academy, beginning his elaborate military career. His first experience at war began with his leadership of the 92nd Infantry Division during the Second World War.
Colonel John Marr
U.S. Army veteran John Marr was a paratrooper of the 507 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. Colonel Marr parachuted into lower Normandy the morning of D-Day, and upon landing he saw action almost immediately. He took part in the Battle of the La Fiere Causeway, and would eventually lead Company B of the 507 during the Battle of the Bulge as part of Operation Varsity.
Colonel Ed Shames: Part 2
Colonel Ed Shames continues his story as one of the first Paratroopers in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Part 2 of the episode follows the Allied invasion of France on the night of D-Day, beginning with Shames' landing in the town of Carantan, a German command center.
Colonel Ed Shames: Part 1
Veteran of the famed 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne division, Colonel Ed Shames saw some of the greatest action in the European theater of World War II. In this two-part episode he recounts his experiences training and fighting as a Paratrooper in the US army, including his role in the historic Allied invasion of France on the night of D-Day.
Colonel James B. Morehead
Decorated Ace Fighter Pilot James B. Morehead saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific regions of World War II. Nicknamed Wildman for his daring attacks, he downed eight enemy planes, earning two Distinguished Service Crosses - second only to the Medal of Honor. He attributes much of his aerial success to his passion for hunting, which gave him the knowledge and skills to complete his missions.
Newcomb "Newc" Eldrege
Army veteran of the 85th Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Newcomb "Newc" Eldrege saw action as a ski trooper during World War II. His role in the Battle for Mount Belvedere would earn him the Purple Heart Award, in addition to two Bronze Stars. His experience as a skier as well as his training at Camp Hale in Colorado helped prepare him for contact with the enemy during the final assault of Italy.
Shelby Westbrook, veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, flew 60 missions over 12 countries in Europe during World War II. He was stationed in Italy to fly with the 99th Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. His service as a combat pilot eventually earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross along with several other awards, as well as his promotion to First Lieutenant. He spent a total of four years active in the Army Air Corps and six years on reserve.
John K. Singlaub and Harvey C. Barnum
This episode of Veterans Chronicles profiles two of the U.S. military's most distinguished veterans. Major General John K. Singlaub was a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Singlaub joined the OSS and worked with French resistance fighters as a parachutist behind German lines during World War II, which was influential in his role as a founding member of the CIA. Colonel Harvey "Barney" Barnum, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam was the 4th Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam. He served another tour of Vietnam which would earn him several other awards, including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He served for 27 years and has kept military ties ever since through his involvement with several organizations.