September 18, 2020

Let’s Get Into the Fight.

TALES OF VALOR EP. 51: Master Sergeant Thomas Patrick Payne | On his 14th deployment, Pat was part of a team assigned to plan and conduct an operation to rescue over 70 Kurdish prisoners being held by ISIS barbarians in Iraq.  The team soon received horrifying intelligence that the terrorists were planning to massacre their captives and bury them in freshly dug graves.  Pat and his teammates raced into action.

After midnight, on October 22, Pat boarded a helicopter and departed on a mission to free the hostages from two buildings guarded by dozens of ruthless and bloodthirsty ISIS terrorists.  He was in command of a team clearing one of the compounds.  As soon as the ramp to his helicopter went down, Pat rushed into a blistering hail of gunfire.  Pat and his team swiftly overpowered the enemy, secured the building, and freed 38 of the hostages.

Then Pat received word that the rest of the assault team was facing harsh resistance in another complex.  Pat turned to one of his fellow soldiers and said, “Let’s get into the fight right now.  Let’s get into the fight.”

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September 16, 2020

Librarian Turned Warrior

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Claudia Apolinar | When she and her partner were ambushed in Compton, Deputy Apolinar remained steadfast and relentless, putting her partner's needs before even her own wounds ensuring that they were able to get the fastest possible response to their horrific circumstances. Both she and her unnamed partner are expected to survive. Both heroes in a battle of good vs. evil that is raging in our nation.


September 14, 2020

First Wave on Iwo Jima

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Harry L. Martin | Join Dave in this amazing half history about a brave Marine (and Michigander) named Harry Martin who was a part of the first wave onto Iwo Jima! This tale is told by the man himself in a timepiece worth remembering.

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Special credit to American Veterans Center, whose interview we play here as part of today's episode.


September 11, 2020

The Hellish Mission of Old 666

TALES OF VALOR EP. 50: Lt. Jay Zeamer | An unwanted and uncertified primary pilot, Jay Zeamer set out to gather his crew of misfits in an abandoned plane that they would modify and fly into danger over and over again. This tale culminates with a mission that would earn Zeamer and his friend and bombardier Joe Sarnowski each the Medal of Honor. Wow wow wow! What a story; grab a drink and listen in!

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September 9, 2020

Finding the Katrina Girl

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Master Sgt. Michael Meroney | In this tale of valor, we hear the story of a pararescueman not only saving a young girl on 9-6-05 during Katrina but reuniting with her ten years later and the impact he and LaShay Brown have had on one another in the process.

Meroney called her smile a "Tsunami of Greatness."

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September 7, 2020

A Forgotten Battle

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: The Siege of Jadotville | Listen in on this once forgotten battle of a small band of Irish troops defending itself from an attack by Katangese Gendarmerie troops in 1961 during the Congo Crisis.

September 4, 2020

The Filipino Rambo

TALES OF VALOR EP. 49: Patrick Gavin "Tad" Tadina |  Army Ranger Patrick Tadina was a 30 year Army Veteran and the longest serving Ranger in Vietnam and one of the war's most decorated soldiers and leaders. 

“Early this morning my Dad ... took his last breaths and went to be with all the Rangers before him,” his daughter Catherine Poeschl said on Facebook. “I know they are all there waiting for him.”

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September 2, 2020

How Three Men Saved The World

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: The Chernobyl Divers | Listen in as Mike tells the story of three men: Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bespalov and Boris Baranov volunteered to risk themselves to save the rest of the world in ways we likely cannot even imagine.

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August 31, 2020

Heroism In The Sky

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Ralph Cheli | In circumstances that Air Force Magazine once described as "Triumph and Tragedy" Pilot Ralph Cheli was leading a group of B-25 Mitchells on a low level attack of Japanese airfields on 8/18/43 when his bomber was severely damaged while he was ensuring the safety of others in his squadron. He became a prisoner of war and was ultimately executed by his captors. Cheli was awarded the Medal of Honor in October of 1943. Listen in as we honor this hero and his tale of valor.

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August 28, 2020

A POW Reunion

TALES OF VALOR EP. 48: Lyle Shafer | Lyle Shafer found himself a downed and extremely injured pilot inside Nazi Germany on 9/10/44. Ultimately finding his new home to be a prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft 1. Years later after the war, Lyle began to orchestrate multiple reunions of the survivors and also regularly honor the fallen that never made it home. Enjoy this untold tale of valor and learn what the character of true heroes is.

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