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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July 22, 2020

Honor is Everything Here

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Charlie Brown & Franz Stigler | Listen into the tale of two pilots from WWII that lived by a particular code; a code that would not only leave them alive during a battle but bring them together years later. 

 

Franz Stigler was conscripted into the German Luftwaffe in 1942 and would encounter a young American B-17 bomber pilot, Charlie Brown, on 12/20/43 and the encounter would change both of them forever.

 

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Hiroshi Miyamura | After serving in WWII in the 100th Infanty Battalion, Miyamura enlisted in the Army reserves and would be called up to active duty again during the Korean War. It was during a fierce attack on his squad that he showed his steadfast courage, facing the enemy while protecting his fellow soldiers under dire circumtances. As a prisoner of war his MOH was awarded as "top secret." Listen in to an amazing tale of valor.

 

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