August 14, 2020

The Rescue of River City

TALES OF VALOR EP. 46: Drew Dennis Dix | Titled after Dix's own book retelling the intense 56 hour battle that led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor, listen in to Dix's own words for this episode in a full length interview (as seen/heard on the YT channel "History is Back"). Dix was the first enlisted Special Forces soldier to receive the MOH. What a tale.

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Extortion 17 | Listen into an example of what living out the Ranger Creed meant on August 6th 2011 in the response operation to the crash site of Extortion 17 in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan. From the episode "By this point in the war, the men who made up the special operations community were some of the most proficient and combat-hardened warriors the world had ever seen. Even so, the enemy always has a vote."

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Operation Dryad | To say that British special forces surprised a group of Germans in a lighthouse, of all places, during a commando raid in WW2 is an understatement. One was even caught wearing his hairnet. WTF? 

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August 7, 2020

That Mean Mexican

TALES OF VALOR EP. 45: Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez | Known as Tango Mike Mike (That Mean Mexican) by his fellow soldiers, Medal of Honor recipient Roy Benavidez is a special forces LEGEND. For his actions in "6 hours of hell" in Vietnam, listen in and find out why President Reagan said that if this were a Hollywood movie script you wouldn't believe it. Wow wow wow!

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August 5, 2020

Dashing Into The Storm

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Sylvester Antolak | His right arm shattered, his submachine gun wedged into his left armpit, Sgt. Antolak charged across an open field of intense fire to lead his men  in capturing the enemy position. Listen in and find out why we need more men like Sgt. Antolak inspiring the next generation.

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August 3, 2020

Her War Never Stopped

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Freddie Oversteegen | From an article in the Guardian: Her mother, Trijn, a communist bringing up her children independently in the Dutch city of Haarlem, sheltered Jews, dissidents and gay people as they fled Germany in the 1930s. Oversteegen, who was seven when Adolf Hitler came to power, bunked in with her big sister Truus to make room.

It was the start of a struggle that would last until she died on 5 September, the day before her 93rd birthday, in a nursing home not far from where, as teenagers, she and Truus carried out a campaign of assassinations and sabotage against Nazi invaders with pistols hidden in their bicycle baskets.

“If you ask me, the war only ended two weeks ago,” her son Remi Dekker told the Observer. “In her mind it was still going on, and on, and on. It didn’t stop, even until the last day.”

 

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July 31, 2020

The Swamp Fox

TALES OF VALOR EP. 44: Francis Marion | Francis Marion was one of the patriots chosen to create the characters and experiences for the lead role in the 2000 film 'The Patriot.' But as we have seen so many times, truth is more interesting than fiction when you start turning over the rocks of history. Listen in to another tale of valor from the revolutionary war period. Grab a drink and tell a friend!

 

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Brody Young | In 2010, while working as a Utah State Park Ranger, Brody Young was attacked by a suspect and shot 9 times. This brief story is chock full of valor so give it a listen and we are thankful for Ranger Young's willingness to stay in the fight and inspire all of us.

 

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Hannie Schaft | Known by the Nazi's as "the girl with the red hair" and on their most wanted list, Jannetje Johanna (Jo) Schaft (secret name Hannie) was a Dutch Resistance fighter during WW2. In a strange combination of cultures and principles, her story is woven into the fabric of Dutch and world history. 

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TALES OF VALOR EP. 43: Sammy L Davis | Known as the "Real Life Forrest Gump" because footage of his Medal of Honor ceremony was used in the 1994 film, Davis' real life story, if you can believe it, was much more unbelievable than the movie's depiction of the war. Repeatedly, Sammy L Davis repeats the mantra "Ya don't lose til ya quit tryin'" as he shares what kept him going in an unimaginable battle situation. Don't miss this one!

 

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