September 28, 2020

Scouts Honor

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Jake Ryker | Boy Scout Jake Ryker is the hero who responded proactively to stop the Thurston High School Shooting. On May 21, 1998, 17 year old Jake was a student at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. On that fateful day, Jake was sitting in the cafeteria when another student walked into the building and started shooting. Jake’s instinctive response was to be proactive rather than passive. Despite being shot and wounded by the attacker, Jake led the effort to subdue the gunman and held him until law enforcement arrived. Jake was able to initiate taking back control while under attack.

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September 25, 2020

Is This a Dream?

TALES OF VALOR EP. 52: Andrew Ferguson | The lines are blurred between reality and dreams for those who experience unimaginable scenes in their deployments. In this unique episode, Mike and Dave interact with a story from a book called "Fire and Forget" which is a collection of "short stories from a long war" about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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September 23, 2020

I Didn’t Do It For The Money

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Howard Leedham | A dual citizen of USA and UK, listen in to one man's story of fighting a strange war in a strange way over in Pakistan.

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September 21, 2020

To Pull The Pin

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Charles Abrell | Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. (excerpt from MOH citation )


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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.

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