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The Know Their Story Podcast
97 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Captain Toby Pugh
Captain Pugh served with the US Air Force, including four 6 month tours of duty during the Vietnam War as a navigator and counter electronics officer on B-52 bombers. In that time, he flew 180 arc light missions as well as four missions over Hanoi during Operation Linebacker 2. Captain Pugh talks about the power of working in a team environment and how that carries over to the public sector, as well as the power of being around others who have shared your experience. Please enjoy today's episode and remember to give us follow and review on wherever you get your podcast content.
80 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Lt Colonel Chris Lozano(R) and Sergeant Jim Braun
This is the second time back for Chris and Jim after they both appeared in their own episodes last season. We have a wide ranging show today as we talk about the special bond they share with each other as veterans, even though they fought in different conflicts, as as the role music has played in their friendship, their time in country, and healing after the war. More importantly, we talk with them about the Afghanistan withdrawal through their eyes as a Vietnam veteran and an Afghanistan veteran. The anger, the frustration, the dredged memories and feelings of 50 years past, it's all on the table here. Hear what they have to say about their own points of view as well as their advice for other Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans who have been through a roller coaster of emotions over the last two weeks.
90 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Captain(R) Jim Messinger
Captain Messinger served two tours in Vietnam flying Huey helicopters, gunships, and the Skycrane. Captain Messinger is a witness to history... literally. His gunship was in a certain area of the country at a certain time that led to him sitting in front of the Peers Commission on the My Lai Massacre. The fact that he did not see anything did not stop him from being, as he described it, interrogated in the bowels of Pentagon. After retiring from the Army, Captain Messinger became a college professor and serves as the treasurer for the National Vietnam War Museum in Texas. We talk with Captain Messinger about his time in the Army, finding his way in the world after separating from the military, starting a museum from scratch, and the importance of getting other veterans talking about their experiences. We hope you enjoy today's episode. Find out more about the National Vietnam War Museum: https://www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org/
46 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Tiffany and Laura
On today's episode, we welcome Tiffany and Laura.* They had the distinct pleasure of serving in the Navy at Guantanamo Bay at the time it was transitioned into its role housing detainees of the War on Terror. We talk about what that transition was like in a pivotal time in our nation's history as well as what it is like to be a female in the military and how funny it was Dustin got knocked out of the episode by a lightning strike on the power supply in Taos. *For personal reasons it has been asked that we not use last names this week.
101 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Sergeant Kregg Jorgenson
Sergeant Jorgenson served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 as both a LRRP Ranger and as a member of the Apache Troop Blues. Sergeant Jorgenson has the type of distinguished resumes where we need to pick and choose what we print of this intro will get exceedingly long. Sergeant Jorgenson was a firefighter, a Customs K9 Inspector, military journalist, member of the Kung Fu Hall of Fame, best selling author, and star of a CBS News YouTube video where 12 million people have watched him get shot while on patrol in Vietnam. We are pleased to report that Kregg made it out of that day alive (but not get the one way ticket home the news mentioned volunteered to go back to his unit). Sergeant Jorgenson talks with us about that day among several other memorable missions in Vietnam. He talks about returning home to protests, "fan" mail he received after the CBS segment aired, and why he hates the nickname "Hero" when the other men he served with are the true heroes in his mind.
44 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Corporal Luis Sanchez
Corporal Sanchez served with the US Marines in Vietnam from 1972-1973 as a heavy machine gunner. After returning home, Corporal Sanchez got right to work, joining the Bureau of Mint within a month of separating from the military. From there, he moved on to the Customs Patrol for the start of a long career that saw him retire as a Supervisory Officer with US Customs and Border Protection. He is enjoying his retirement in Florida by now only working 28 hours a week. Corporal Sanchez talks with us about the important role talking with other veterans served in his own journey after the war and how he encourages each and every veteran to do the same.
79 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
The Importance of War Reenactment Societies
Joining us on the program was Mr. Darrell Price. Darrell and his lovely wife, Juli, run the Apache Troop Reenacted event every year at the Tigerland Training Grounds in Louisiana. We talk with Darrell about the important role reenactments play in keeping our history alive and honoring our troops and veterans. In his time as a reenactor, Darrell has worked with the Trail of Honor, the World War II Museum in New Orleans, and the US Army at Fort Polk. Joining us to speak about the topic is a Vietnam veteran who has attended the Tigerland event and speaks to its importance is our very own Richard "Doc" Del Valle. Rich is a veteran of Apache Troop 1/9 and talks about his experience spending a weekend with Apache Troop Vietnam War reenactors. Click here to learn more about Apache Troop Reenacted https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657674731123450 And here to learn about the Tigerland Weekend https://www.facebook.com/groups/801879546541676
83 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Sergeant Mike Lentino
Sergeant Lentino served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970 as a Scout Door Gunner with Apache Troop 1/9. Scouts was a notoriously dangerous assignment, which he proved by handing his tour ended abruptly after taking multiple enemy rounds through his arm and hand. Sergeant Lentino talks with us about helping other veterans, the amazing effect his dog has had on helping him with PTS, and the healing power talking to high school students about his experiences has had for him.
87 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Tech Sergeant Tony Davis
Sergeant Davis served as K9 handler with the US Air Force and was deployed twice to Saudi Arabia as well as two tours in Iraq. Sergeant Davis talks about the nerve racking process of clearing vehicles at the main gate in a war zone as well as the impact PTS had on his K9 partner after continual engagements outside the wire.
78 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Tiffany is both the daughter of a Vietnam veteran as well as the wife of an Afghanistan veteran (Staff Sergeant Dustin Tucker who joined us in episode 113). Tiffany talks about growing up with a combat veteran as a father and her realization later in life just how the Vietnam War has affected her life as well. We also talk about her trip to Vietnam with her own son to retrace her father's footsteps and visit the building he was stationed in. We also talk about the differences in talking with her father about Vietnam compared with talking with her husband about Afghanistan and how what she has learned and practiced can help other family members talk with the veterans in their lives.
80 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Specialist Ryan Timmermans
We sat down with Army Specialist Ryan Timmermans. Specialist Timmermans spent three tours in Afghanistan working as both an Intel Specialist and Psy Ops. Specialist Timmermans talks with us about the ways he had changed when he returned home from his first tour, how he had problems reconnecting with society, and why he felt more at home returning to Afghanistan than staying in The States. Since leaving the Army, Specialist Timmermans founded the non-profit Veterans Off-grid based in Carson, New Mexico with the purpose of helping veterans reintegrate back into society.
55 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Staff Sergeant Dustin Tucker
Sergeant Tucker served with the Air Force in Afghanistan and Central America aboard an AWAC, helping to keep our skies clear, directing close air support and search and rescue. After being medically discharged for severe injuries suffered in the line of duty, Sergeant Tucker speaks openly and honestly about what it is like to cast aside by the military before you are ready, the emotional hurdles to overcome from those feelings, and the power that telling his story had on helping to where he is now.
67 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Major(R) Ronald Glass
In 1967, Major Glass joined the Army as an enlisted man, serving with the 175th Radio Research as an intelligence analyst in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive. After his enlisted tour, in 1969 he enrolled in Army Flight School and returned to Vietnam In 1970 as a Warrant Officer flying UH-1D Huey lift ships with the Apache Troop 1/9 Cav Squadron “HeadHunters”. His time there would see him take part in the Cambodia incursion, to include being shot down in hostile territory. Among various awards received for heroism in aerial flight, he is the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFCs) and Purple Heart. After Vietnam, Glass attended OCS and became an Armor/Aviation Officer, eventually retiring in 1990 as a Major. In his 23 year career, he served as a Huey pilot in Panama, Cav unit commander in Germany, and as a Military Attaché to Honduras during the Central American conflict. After retiring in 1990, Major Glass, embarked on a second career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). With USAID, he worked as a diplomat and Senior Democratic Governance and Conflict Management and Mitigation Advisor managing international development programs in areas of democratic governance strengthening, rule-of-law/anti-corruption, human rights, and countering violent extremism and anti-insurgency. With USAID, he served in Honduras, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nepal, Afghanistan, Russia, and Azerbaijan. It was our very great pleasure to speak with Major Glass and hope you enjoy the episode.
100 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Sergeant Tracey Cooper-Harris
Sergeant Cooper-Harris served with the US Army from 1991-2003 as an Animal Care NCO. In her service, she deployed to Kyrgyzstan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as the only person in her unit in charge of Military Working Dogs. She also played rugby for the US Combined Services Women's Team as well as at Clemson University. Her post service work for veterans is so extensive that no matter how much we name here, it would not begin to cover her accomplishments. To highlight that work, Sergeant Cooper-Harris is a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) where she has participated in their Storm the Hill Events talking to members of Congress about veteran issues such as high veteran unemployment, timely VA benefits, and veteran suicide. She has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project, worked for the VA helping veterans obtain benefits, successfully sued the Federal Government to secure benefits for same sex spouses of veterans and was featured in the documentary SURVIVING HOME. Sergeant Cooper-Harris talks with us about her own struggles returning home from war and leaving the military and why it is so important that all veterans apply for and receive all of the benefits that they have earned in service to their country. Please enjoy this incredible episode.
74 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel(R) Chris Lozano
LTC Lozano served for 26 years with the US Marine Corps. He was almost ready to retire in the early part of September of 2001. But 9/11 made him to decide to pack his bags one more time. One more time that lasted for 2.5 years and saw one deployment to Afghanistan and two to Iraq. Chris talks candidly about picking up the pieces of his career and family after being gone that long, his regrets and how music helped him to get through it. He also talks about the effect the lockdown in having on veterans, and what we can do to help them.
44 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Lieutenant RB Alexander
Lieutenant Alexander served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. While he may have ended up as the Blues Platoon Leader with Apache Troop 1/9, he had a long, circuitous (sometimes humorous) route to the position. RB talks about the power of talking about your experiences and exorcising dark thoughts that stay with you for decades.
77 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Sergeant James Andersen
Sgt. Andersen served in Vietnam from 1971-1972 with both the 192nd and 120th Assault Helicopter Companies. He began his tour in maintenance, moved over to serve as a door gunner and then moved up to Crew Chief on the H Model Hueys. Sgt. Andersen talks about what sticks with him most from his time in Vietnam, both the good and the bad, as well as his excitement to attend his first reunion later this year.
85 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
The Ochoa Family
We could not be more excited for this week's episode as it is the culmination of an idea we have been working on for over a year. We had the great honor of sitting down with Vietnam veteran, Sergeant Charlie Ochoa, and his active duty niece and nephew, Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Ochoa and Colonel Michelle Flores. We had a round table discussion on transitioning out of the military and the vast fountain of knowledge and experience that Charlie, as a Vietnam veteran, is able to share with today's veterans learning how to return to civilian life.
67 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Sgt. Ed Beal
Sergeant Beal was a witness to history during his two tours of duty in Vietnam. He fought in the Tet Offensive, was the second Army soldier to walk in Khe Sahn after fighting to help break the siege, and also fought at Dak To. During his second tour, he served a LRRP Ranger with Hotel Company as well as a point man for the Apache Blues in the 1st of the 9th Air Cavalry. Sergeant Beal talks about his experience being spit on when he came home, integrating back with his friends and family, as well as transitioning back to civilian life. He also has some heartfelt advice for veterans about the benefits of talking to others about your experiences.
70 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Warrant Officer Glen Senkowski
Glen Senkowski served as a Lift Ship Commander during the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. He speaks with us about being in combat on his very mission, the pain of putting your friends in body bags, and the peace that came with finding out his parents really did want to hear his stories but never knew how to ask. *Name mentioned in episode, We Were Young Podcast, changed after recording
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