Pritzker Military Museum & Library Podcasts

Located in Chicago, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is open to the public with live events and a collection of books, art, and artifacts that tell the story of the Citizen Soldier in American military history. This master feed will provide all available Library programs including events with award-winning authors, interviews with Medal of Honor recipients, and panel discussions on military issues. To view more than 300 previous Library programs, visit pritzkermilitary.org.

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Tech Corporal Norton Diamond served in the 1897th Aviation Engineering Battalion in the Pacific theatre from 1943-1946. Diamond’s service brought him to the New Guinea, the Island of Leyte, Palawan Island, Okinawa, and Osaka. While the 1897th were responsible…. . .

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Clay Risen: The Crowded Hour When America declared war on Spain in 1898, the US Army had just 26,000 men, spread around the country—hardly an army at all. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. A unique group of volunteers, ranging…. . .

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Renowned military historians and past Pritzker Literature Award recipients, Peter Paret and Gerhard Weinberg, discuss the interdependent relationship between war and society.. . .

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Nick Mueller interviews Dennis Showalter on receiving the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium. The Pritzker Military Museum…. . .

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From the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War to its final mission to carry the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921, USS Olympia represents the United States's emergence as a world naval power.. . .

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In this episode of Citizen Soldier, renown authors and Vietnam veterans, Tim O’Brien and Karl Marlantes, discuss the difficult moral questions that go hand-in-hand with military conflicts as well as the concept of dehumanizing the “enemy”. These…. . .

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Expert panelists on the American Revolution explore the role of George Washington in the American Revolution. Throughout the episode, the panel discusses and describes how General George Washington first established the citizen soldier tradition in…. . .

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Author Dean Reuter visits the Museum & Library to discuss harrowing realities of SS commander General Hans Kammler.. . .

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Rear Admiral Nowakowski will be visiting the Museum & Library to discuss his service, his role as Deputy Commander to Navy Recruiting as well as Naval Education and Training Command, and the history of United States Navy.. . .

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Clay Risen: The Crowded Hour When America declared war on Spain in 1898, the US Army had just 26,000 men, spread around the country—hardly an army at all. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. A unique group of volunteers, ranging…. . .

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Dr. Krewasky A. Salter visits the Museum & Library to discuss the African American Experience in World War II.. . .

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Author David Roll visits the Museum & Library to discuss the extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall, America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington, whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course…. . .

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Author Donald Miller visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a richly revealing portrait of Ulysses S. Grant within the enthralling story of the Civil War. The surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863 was the…. . .

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Author Greg Fontenot visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a compelling account of the 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Loss and Redemption at St. Vith closes a gap in the record of the Battle of the Bulge…. . .

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Author David Stahel visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the German Winter Campaign between 1941 and 1942. LIMITED TICKETS - Call 312.374.9333 for availability. Germany's winter campaign of 1941–1942 has commonly been…. . .

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The Spanish Influenza of 1918 Dr. Havers, President & CEO of the Museum & Library, is joined by Dr. Michael Neiberg for a discussion on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919. MICHAEL S. NEIBERG is the inaugural Chair of War Studies in the…. . .

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Pulitzer Prize and Pritzker Literature Award winning authors David Hackett Fischer and Rick Atkinson discuss their work as military historians, with a focus on the American War for Independence. Supported by sponsors of the 2015 Liberty Gala.. . .

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A panel of distinguished U.S. Navy veterans will discuss the legacy of Admiral Rickover, considered by many as the father of the U.S. nuclear Navy. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Navy Memorial Foundation A poor Jewish kid from Chicago’s…. . .

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2019 Literature Award recipient, Dr. John Morrow, Jr. discusses some of the lesser-known aspects of the Battle of the Bulge in honor of its 75th anniversary.. . .

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Author Larrie Ferreiro visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which recasts the American Revolution in a revealing new light. A Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History and Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year…. . .

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Author David Abrutat visits the Musuem & Library to discuss his book which provides an excellent historical account for anyone wanting to understand the Allies military success on D-Day. Operation OVERLORD, the opening up of an Allied second…. . .

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Presented in conjunction with the opening of the Museum & Library's new FACES OF WAR exhibit, veterans of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO) Pacific Detachment discuss the vital role played by these elite special operations…. . .

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In this episode of Citizen Soldier, the preeminent scholar of WWI, Sir Hew Strachan, sits down with WWII historian Sir Antony Beevor to discuss the world’s first truly global conflict.. . .

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Allan Millett sits down with Jay Williams to discuss the Siege of Bastogne and explore the impact the Seige had on the Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge.. . .

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Showalter discusses the human characters, personalities, and capabilities of those on both sides of the Battle of the Bulge, from the leaders in high command to those on the ground.. . .

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Weinberg discusses the decision to launch a major offensive against the Allies of the American and British in the West versus the Soviet Union in the East.. . .

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Strachan explores the last major German offensives in the First World War, focusing on the Spring Offensives of 1918.. . .

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Pentagon defense expert, former U.S. Army Ranger and author Paul Scharre visits the Museum & Library to explore what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. What happens when a Predator drone has as…. . .

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Author William Trimble visits the Museum & Library to discuss the life and professional career of Adm. John S. McCain Sr. Spanning most of the first half of the twentieth century, McCain’s life and career highlight the integration of aviation…. . .

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Author Jim Dubik visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which is a powerful reflection on a troubling time in American history. In the seminal Just and Unjust Wars, Michael Walzer famously considered the ethics of modern warfare,…. . .

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Author Tom Hone visits the Museum & Library to discuss his masterful, all-embracing work detailing both the American and Japanese sides of the pivotal Battle of Midway in World War II. The best way for today's sailors to learn about a battle is…. . .

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Author Ben Runkle visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a fascinating history of the U.S. Army’s greatest World War II Commanders in the years between the Great War and World War 2. Shakespeare famously wrote that some…. . .

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Major General Brian Winski visits the Museum & Library to discuss the 101st Airborne Division and the role of the U.S. Army. Major General Winski is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He commissioned through ROTC and entered active duty as an…. . .

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Captain Ben Nicks enlisted in the US Army in 1941, with the understanding that he would serve for one year. Soon after, he was asked to join the Army Air Force. For training, he would travel from Arkansas to Missouri, and to Texas, where he would meet…. . .

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PFC Howell Malham served in the US Marine Corps, 22nd Regiment during World War II. He was a combatant in the Battle of Okinawa, in April, 1945. Shortly after the island was "secured", he was hit with a bullet from a Japanese sniper during a "mopping…. . .

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Born in Buffalo, New York, Rung was drafted to the United States Navy, in 1943 when he was eighteen years old. He had done his basic training at the Sampson Naval Training Base in Geneva, New York. But once his superiors discovered his auto-mechanics…. . .

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Author Paula Thornhill visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book about institutions, challenges and evolution in the American military since 1789.. . .

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Landing on Omaha beach, Normandy, on D-Day, June 7, 1944, firing in enemy pillboxes, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and in the major offensive of Berlin, the teenage Dom Errichiello, of the US Army 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment was no stranger…. . .

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Author Rick Atkinson returns to the PMML to discuss his latest book titled The British Are Coming, which is the first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution.. . .

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Author Stephen Bourque visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book titled Beyond the Beach, which provides an important analysis of the Allied air war against France in 1944.. . .

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Author Michael Neiberg visits the Museum & Library to detail the events that took place surrounding the Treaty of Versailles.. . .

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Author Benn Steil visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a detailed recounting of The Marshall Plan which focuses on the critical years of 1947 to 1949.. . .

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Founding President and CEO of The National WWII Museum discusses his new book titled "Everything We Have" written in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.. . .

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Author Thomas Conner visits the Museum & Library to discuss the history and practice of the American Battle Monuments Commission.. . .

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Author Pamela Toler visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book which details the stories of women who fought because they wanted to, because they had to, or because they could.. . .

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Trent Hone visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which explains the US Navy's development of doctrine from 1898 to 1945 and reveals how the Navy embraced innovation.. . .

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General Joseph Lengyel visits the Museum & Library to talk about his service and the role of the National Guard. General Joseph L. Lengyel serves as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.. . .

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Author Peter Shinkle visits the Museum & Library to reveal Bobby Cutler’s full story for the first time, showing how valued he was by Eisenhower, as a trusted friend and advisor on security and Cold War policy.. . .

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Author Nimrod Frazer returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his latest book about the story of three U.S. Army Divisions tasked with capturing the Côte de Châtillon during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.. . .

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Steven Sodergren discusses his new book about the transition to trench warfare during the Civil War and its impact on Union soldiers.. . .

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Weinberg and Prados discuss the important role of codebreaking and espionage in the Second World War in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium. Cryptography was used extensively during World War II, with a plethora of code and…. . .

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Medal of Honor recipient Al Lynch will sit down with co-author Richard Ernsberger to discuss their forthcoming book about Lynch's life from a bullied kid to warrior in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium. Zero to Hero…. . .

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Allan Millett and Gary Johnson discuss the defeat of Native American tribal confederation in War of 1812 in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium. The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between the United States and Great Britain…. . .

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Author Stephen Moore discusses his book about the highly covert Vietnam War-era Study and Observation Group.. . .

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Fizer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1925 where he experienced racial prejudice. When he heard about the Marine Corps accepting blacks’ enlistment during World War II, he took that opportunity, at the age of seventeen. The commanders at Montford…. . .

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Lieutenant General Richard Natonski, USMC (Retired) and Colonel Marc Warren, USA (Retired) visit the Museum & Library to provide a detailed analysis of the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of hybrid warfare, where law-abiding militaries confront non-state…. . .

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Author James Holland discusses his book about the biggest air battle of WWII with the Museum & Library.. . .

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Author Andrew Roberts visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book on the iconic war leader. Sponsored by The International Churchill Society.. . .

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Nathan Finney and Tyrell Mayfield discuss their book on the intersection of professionalism and ethics in the military. Sponsored by the United States Naval Institute.. . .

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Author Joel Bius visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the relationship between the military and the cigarette. Sponsored by United States Naval Institute.. . .

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Sir Max Hastings returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his latest book on the Vietnam War. . .

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Author Ed Lengel discusses his book about the Lost Battalion in WWI.. . .

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In partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this program is a part of a larger series of events that explore themes of peace and reflection with timeless works from the classical repertoire.. . .

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Author Bob Drury visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about Valley Forge.. . .

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Best Selling author Neal Bascomb discusses his book about the prison break of the German POW camp Holzminden in WWI. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.. . .

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J.D. Dickey discusses his Civil War book about General Sherman's March through Georgia.. . .

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Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral William Moran will be interviewed by John Schwan.. . .

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Norty Schwartz visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Journey: Memoirs of an Air Force Chief of Staff". . .

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D. M. Giangreco visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book on Operation Downfall. Sponsored by United States Naval Institute.. . .

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Kenneth Davis returns to the Museum & Library to talk about his latest book about the Spanish flu pandemic in WWI that resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people around the world. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.. . .

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Author Patrick K. O'Donnell returns to the PMML to talk about his book "The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unkown Soldier and WWI'S Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home.". . .

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RADM Matthew Zirkle visits the Museum & Library for an interview.. . .

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Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, the ninth living recipient of the United States' highest award for valor from the Afghan War, shares his unique and inspiring story of service and sacrifice.. . .

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Author Elizabeth Cobbs visits the Museum & Library to tell the story about how America's first women soldiers helped win World War I. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.. . .

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Author Thomas Phillips visits the Museum & Library to discuss his second volume on some of America's forgotten Military Leaders. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.. . .

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Author Dr. Edward Marolda visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Combat at Close Quarters: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.". . .

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Author Ann Todd visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book about a WWII spy who practiced psych-ops. Sponsored by the United States Naval Institute.. . .

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Lieutenant Duchossois is a native of Chicagoland, Illinois, born on October 7th, 1921. He attended Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago for his high school education. He began his undergraduate degree in Virginia, when he was called to duty in World…. . .

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General James Lindsay enlisted in the army in 1952. He joined the 82nd airborne division, the following year and went on to serve nine assignments in the 82nd and commanded the division from 1982-83. He served two tours in vietnam, and was the first…. . .

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Kenneth “Rock” Merritt was the second parachutist to jump from his plane, at the Normandy invasion, in 1944, as part of the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), in the 82nd Airborne Division. Though his chain of command was killed,…. . .

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Vietnam veteran, former Army Special Forces medic, and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch shares his experiences in the military and offers lessons learned from a life of public service. . .

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Author Thomas Lippman visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World.". . .

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Author James McGrath visits the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to discuss his book "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War.". . .

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Lieutenant General Stephen M. Twitty (USA) visits the Museum & Library to discuss his career and the 100-year history of the First Army, America's first, oldest, and longest-serving numbered field army.. . .

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Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich visits the Museum & Library to provide a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East. Sponsored by Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired).. . .

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Terrence Finnegan returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the 1918 battle at Seicheprey France that introduced American troops to 20th-century warfare. Sponsored by the United Staes World War One Centennial Commission.. . .

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Author Max Boot returns to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to talk about his book "The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam". . .

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In this program, MG Hayes discusses his career and his role as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. This program was hosted by Pritzker Military Museum & Library President & CEO Kenneth Clarke and was preceded by a reception to…. . .

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Historian and award-winning author Michael Robbins talks about the writing process for the Museum & Library's newest book Lest We Forget: The Great War, with the book's Executive Editor and Creative Director Kenneth Clarke.. . .

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David Hackett Fischer discusses his book "Washington's Crossing". . .

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2017 recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library Founder’s Literature Award: Edwin Bearss. Bearss was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for his immense contribution to furthering…. . .

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Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) visits the Museum & Library to discuss his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the period of the surge in the Iraq War.. . .

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Author James Holland returns to the Museum & Library to discuss the second book in his acclaimed War in the West trilogy on World War II.. . .

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A discussion about the history of the ROTC and JROTC with guests Colonel Andy Morgado, Colonel Daniel L. Baggio (Retired), and Dr. Arthur Coumbe. Presented in partnership with the U.S Army Public Affairs, Midwest.. . .

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A discussion about the history of the U.S. Army's 85th Infantry Division with the Division's Chief of Staff LTC Daniel Jaquint and Command Public Affairs Specialist MSG Anthony Taylor. Presented in partnership with U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs…. . .

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Medal of Honor Recipient Allen J Lynch interviews Specialist Five James C. McCloughan about the actions McCloughan took over the course of 48 hours in close-combat fighting against enemy forces in Vietnam in 1969. McCloughan, who was 23 at the time,…. . .

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Major General Thomas E. Ayres visits the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to discuss the role of the Judge Advocate General's Corps and leadership in the U.S. Army.. . .

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Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg leads a panel discussion with Master Chief Richard Curtis, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Fisher House Foundation Kenneth Fisher and Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III, Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.. . .

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Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stanley R. Arthur and Dr. Edward J. Marolda for join us for a discussion highlighting moments in Admiral Arthur's naval career. Sponsored by the U.S Naval Institute.. . .

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Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta returns to the Museum & Library for a discussion about the Army’s Soldier For Life program. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest.. . .

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Serving for the Canadian Navy during World War II, Courtney became a radar officer, and later used his physics brilliance to advise the U.S. government during the Vietnam War, as part of a group of scientists called the JASONs.. . .

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Joining the military in order to gain diesel engine experience for life in the private sector, Louis LiCastro found himself in the middle of World War II—first at the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then in the jungles of the Pacific Campaign.. . .

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There is no doubt that Senator Bob Dole will always be known for his service to his country; however, most only consider the work he has done through various levels of Government, not realizing that Senator Dole also served in the U.S. Army during WWII,…. . .

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Coming from a military family, marrying a WWII veteran, and serving on such committees as the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senator Elizabeth Dole understands many of the issues that surrounds the U.S. military—an understanding that she has…. . .

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The Battle of Cantigny. Sponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Dr. John Allen Williams moderates a discussion between James Carl Nelson, author of The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War and Paul Herbert, Executive Director of…. . .

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The 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, began a pivotal month that saw the formation of political alliances that would change the world and leave it on the brink of the first truly global conflict.. . .

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A native of Chicago, Captain William San Hamel was a member of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), serving as an Officer with the Pacific Unit from 1967-1969 where he acted as a producer and director, approving the photographs…. . .

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Through three consecutive conflicts (World War II, Korea, and Vietnam), Peter “Rupy” Ruplenas took photographs for the U.S. military so that intelligence would understand what was going on—first as a part of the Signal Corps. and then later as a…. . .

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Going from working kitchen duty with the Yankee Division in France to enduring seven days of German captivity while wounded, Dr. Malcolm Ekstrand’s story of service shows the dangers that can befall anyone, at a moment’s notice, during war.. . .

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An exploration of the history and heritage of America's first black military aviators; with Tuskegee Airman and Chicago native O. Lawton Wilkerson, historian and Tuskegee expert Dr. Daniel Haulman, and WGN TV's Bob Jordan. Sponsored by the Seedlings Foundation.. . .

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Like so many others that felt it was a matter of duty to enlist in the military during WWII, Larry Kirby joined the Marine Corps, becoming a Communications/Scout with the 3rd Marine Division as it island hopped its way through such places as Guam to ultimately…. . .

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Scholars like Beevor and Atkinson have answered the highest calling of the military historian: to not only document and preserve our history, but to impart the profound perspective that the true lessons of the past lie in the evolution of human conflict.…. . .

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While most of Eric Blaustein’s lectures focus on his time in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during WWII, for his oral history with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, he discusses the years after being liberated and, in 1948, joining the Israeli…. . .

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Author and former Navy Leiutenant Edward R. Murphy Jr. shares his experiences as XO aboard USS Pueblo, the American spy ship famously captured and held by North Korea since 1968. Sponsored by Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) and Act One Mayne…. . .

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Encapsulating the familiar story of those that immigrate to the U.S. and then turn around and give back by serving in our military, Sgt. Aniceto “Al” Rivera’s Cuban origins lead him to want to serve with the 82nd Airborne Division, knowing that…. . .

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Looking for the opportunity to face the Germans head on, James “Maggie” Megellas requested a transfer to the paratroopers during WWII, where he would go on to face heavy fighting across Europe—including while crossing the Waal River and at the Battle…. . .

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Knowing that he’d join the Army after college, Col. Keith Nightingale built a storied career in the military, beginning with two tours in Vietnam, and going through Grenada, and Iran, to a position in the Department of Defense Interagency Counterdrug…. . .

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Jerome William Adler was born on March 26, 1931 to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Adler in Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered into active service with the United States Army on July 24, 1951.. . .

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A decision to enroll Leroy Steinke in Saint Joseph Military Academy (Hays, Kansas) during high school lead to a lifetime of military experiences, including leading a platoon through Italy, France, and North Africa during WWII, eight years with the Army…. . .

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Gerard Radice used boyhood dream of handling horses as a reason to begin his career as a wheel horse driver for the U.S. Army’s artillery just prior to World War II, and then, as the War broke out, he used his natural talent for handling artillery gunfire…. . .

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Col. Steve Mahoney served as Command Inspector General, Pennsylvania National Guard; Director of Operations at Army Aviation Support Facility Pennsylvania National Guard; Installation Commander as Base Operations Commander in Kandahar, Afghanistan.. . .

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Toni Simovski used his Macedonian heritage to become an interpreter for the U.S. Department of Defense.. . .

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Satsuki "Fred" Tanakatsubo, enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, but as a Japanese-American, dealt with serve racism as a result of that attack; still, Mr. Tanakatsubo was able to use his background to become a front line interrogator…. . .

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Major General John Borling, a career Air Force officer who spent over six and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and once released, had a long and distinguished Air Force career, was interviewed on the dates listed below as a joint venture…. . .

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The Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Holt Oral History program was able to bring together Dr. Leman and Mr. Greene in order to discuss their individual actions at Iwo Jima, and share with an audience of family and friends the different perspectives…. . .

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Award-winning author, historian and military strategist Hew Strachan is the recipient of the 2016 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.. . .

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Irving Ellis fought as an infantryman throughout the European Theater of Operations of World War II and served as a training officer during the Korean Conflict.. . .

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Diana J. Ramsey served in the U. S. Army Nurse Corps as an Operating Room Nurse with the 67th EVAC in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, from 1967 to 1968--including during the Tet Offensive.. . .

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Serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, John Zanzucchi braved many battles in France and Germany as a Tech Sergeant for the infantry.. . .

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After enlisting in the US Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1942, Donald Casey flew combat missions over Europe, where, on his 28th mission, he was shot down and taken as a P.O.W. to Stalag Luft III.. . .

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An extraordinary story of overcoming both institutional prejudice and extreme personal injury, Major James Capers, Jr.—of the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company—discusses his history leading up to being Commissioned by the United States Marines Corps…. . .

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Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg shares his experiences in Afghanistan, including the remarkable events of Aug. 8, 2012—during which he distinguished himself in combat by subduing a suicide bomber with complete disregard for his own personal…. . .

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A former Buffalo Soldier who served with the U.S. Army's last all-black unit during the Korean War, Chicago native Curtis Morrow is an artist, a jewelry maker, and an author of two books, including What's a Commie Ever Done to Black People? — exploring…. . .

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Salvatore A. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions which occurred since Vietnam.. . .

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Civil War veteran Major Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath—a mid-ranking field officer and family man who witnessed much of America's 19th Century history with a rifle and pen in hand, is the subject of a new PMML book and companion exhibit. His story is told…. . .

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Retired four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden, a former director of both the NSA and CIA, discusses with cyber conflict expert Jason Healey the rapidly evolving role played by technology in intelligence and counterintelligence operations.. . .

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Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward discusses the SEAL experience with documentary photographer Stephanie Freid-Perenchio and SEAL Mike Martin in celebration of the Museum & Library's new exhibit, SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice.. . .

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Corporal Ken Rodgers tells of the miserable conditions patrolling in Vietnam, where he served as a part of the Marine Corps’ Bravo Company, and what he witnessed as a part of the 77 day siege on Khe Sanh and retaliatory Payback Patrol—and how that…. . .

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An insightful discussion by Vietnam veterans and award-winning fiction writers Tim O'Brien and Karl Marlantes on the subjects of literature, war, politics, and writing. Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and presented as part of the Museum…. . .

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Paul Herbert is joined by authors Joseph Balkoski, John C. McManus, and Steven Zaloga for this discussion of the U.S. Army First Infantry Division's impressive service during World War II, with particular focus on their role in the D-Day landings at Normandy.. . .

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Leonardo Lucio did not join the U.S. Navy knowing that he would serve during wartime—being sent to the Gulf during Desert Storm; nor did he think he’d see such historical changes to policies like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell during his lifetime. And yet…. . .

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SFC Robert L. Hoffman pulled double service: first in the Merchant Marines, during WWII; and then he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.. . .

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Retired Major General Emile Bataille, former Director for Combat Support at the United States Strategic Command in Omaha, NE, had a long Army career that found him at the front of big-picture policy decisions with everything from commanding 10,000 Guardsmen…. . .

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Longtime Navy SEAL Steve Fitzgerald—whose personal artifacts are on display as part of the Museum & Library's SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice exhibit—discusses his experiences from a 24-year career in Naval Special Warfare, sharing insights on the notoriously…. . .

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson joins James Cornelius, Curator of the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a discussion about the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.. . .

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Sponsored by The Churchill Centre. Greg Burns interviews author Paul Reid. William Manchester was a tremendously successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion: Visions of Glory, The Last Lion: Alone, Goodbye Darkness, A…. . .

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Moderated by John Allen Williams, this distinguished panel discussed the Battle of the Atlantic from a global perspective.. . .

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Sponsored by the National WWII Museum. The experience of the already war-wearied American G.I.s who liberated the extensive network of Nazi concentration camps during WWII is something most of us can even imagine and was something they made sure to never…. . .

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Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine in 3 decades to receive the Medal of Honor, discusses his book Into the Fire, about the battle of Ganjigal.. . .

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Sponsored by Easter Seals, Inc with additional support from Chicago Foundation for Women. Moderated by Stacey Baca of ABC 7 News, this distinguished panel discusses the important issues facing female veterans in today's military.. . .

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy converted two existing lake steamers into aircraft carriers. The Navy acquired two vessels from the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company and converted them into the USS Wolverine and USS Sable. Retaining…. . .

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Walter Sobel, despite already being an accomplished architect from Chicago, signed up for the Navy prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, experiencing attacks by kamikaze pilots on the deck of the USS New Mexico in Lingayen Gulf.. . .

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Sponsored by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. A collaboration between the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Pritzker Military Library, we present a powerful conversation between veterans from World War II, Vietnam and the Iraq/Afghanistan…. . .

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Sponsored by Norwich University. Pritzker Military Library and Norwich University present a discussion between two highly respected historians and journalists, Rick Atkinson and Sir Max Hastings about the role that embedded journalists play in military…. . .

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This program features four United States Generals from the U.S. Army Reserves, the United States Marine Corps, The United States Marine Corps Reserves, and the Illinois Army National Guard, and a Colonel from the Illinois Army National Guard who discuss…. . .

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Vietnam veteran Paul Baffico flew more than 200 combat missions with the 101st Airborne Division during the war, and returned home to a community that couldn't--or wouldn't--understand what the military's sacrifice had been about.. . .

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This distinguished panel featured three American veterans who were prisoners of war in different conflicts. They discussed their experiences as POWs and how they endured their time in captivity.. . .

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Jim Bresnahan leads a panel of historians in exploring an alternate history of World War II in this episode of Citizen Soldier. Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute.. . .

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Serving in the United Sates Navy at the end of the Korean War, James Darby used his love of languages to serve his country, learning to be a Communications Technician and deciphering Russian radio communications during the Cold War.. . .

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In support of the Museum & Library’s SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice exhibit, Mike Ryan shares his experiences over the course of 40 years in the military—including training and graduating with the first BUD/S class to receive the SEAL Trident, operations…. . .

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World War II veteran David Markow enlisted in the Army just before the U.S. entered the war; he helped to prepare artillery weapons by testing them at Aberdeen Proving Grounds before ultimately deploying to Europe in support of the troops already fighting…. . .

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A Marine aviator and veteran of the 1968 Tet Offensive, Wayne Fischer completed nearly 700 combat missions during the Vietnam War, piloting helicopters for insertions, extractions, and MEDEVAC operations.. . .

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This program features veterans who are professionals in their fields and who are passionate about helping veterans become successful in the civilian job market. . .

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In addition to being a part of "Operation Nordwind" in France's Vosges Mountains, Jack Herman also served as a messenger, a translator for German POW's and civilians, and a rifleman, as a part the 70th Infantry Division--rising to the rank of Sergeant…. . .

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Serving in both Theaters of World War II, Arthur Grotto used his three-years of experience as a welder for the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works to support his country, enlisting into the United Sates Navy during World War II as a part of the 29th Construction…. . .

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A graduate of Yale Medical School, Dr. Lee H. Strohl was drafted into the army during the Vietnam war, where he served as a Battalion Surgeon near the DMZ.. . .

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James M. McPherson was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minnesota, where he attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated magna cum laude in 1958. He did his graduate study in history at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D.…. . .

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Allan R. Millett is the recipient of the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.. . .

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Noble Warrior: The Life and Times of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.) Medal of Honor. . .

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In October 1969, a few months after his 21st birthday, Robert Patterson was awarded the Medal of Honor.. . .

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Walter Marm received the Medal of Honor outside the Pentagon on December 19, 1966, the first of three that were awarded for heroism in the Battle of Ia Drang.. . .

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Almost 34 years after what he described as “ten minutes of hell” in Vietnam, Alfred Rascon received the Medal of Honor from President Clinton.. . .

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While serving as a rifle company commander with the Third Marine Division in 1969, Fox was twice wounded in a vicious battle during Operation Dewey Canyon. His extraordinary actions earned him the nation's highest military honor.. . .

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2004 Ed Tracy spoke with Drew Dix, the first enlisted man in Special Forces to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. He received a direct commission to first lieutenant and retired with the rank of major after serving twenty years…. . .

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Sammy Lee Davis is a retired United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his conduct in the Vietnam War.. . .

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Thomas R. Norris was born in Jacksonville, Florida. His family moved to Wisconsin and later to the Washington, D.C. area, where Norris attended the University of Maryland, intent on pursuing a career in criminology with the FBI. Michael Edwin Thornton…. . .

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In April 1970, while serving as an Infantry advisor in Vietnam, Sergeant Littrell was thrust in to command of a battalion of South Vietnamese Rangers in defending their position. His extraordinary actions over the next four days in leading operations…. . .

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George Havelka, who served as a Military Police Officer (MP) from 1966 - 1968, experienced heavy combat during his service in Viet Nam, including with the Tet Offensive.. . .

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Lawrence Littel was drafted into the Army (160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Division) during World War II , given eight weeks of heavy training as a rifleman, and sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations.. . .

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Richard T. Lockhart, who enlisted in the army from Purdue University's ROTC program in 1942, was captured by the German Army when his unit was forced to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge.. . .

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At 101 years of age at the time of the interview, activist, historian, WWII veteran, Timuel Black, is an ongoing example of service to the American people. He continues to share his stories generously without either nostalgia or bitterness, in order to impart a message of hope to the young. For Mr. Black, the past should be recognized as well as the hard-won civil rights that were gained, while understanding the racial problems of the present day. As Black quotes in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident”.. . .

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In this special episode of Pritzker Military Presents, Dr. Rob Havers sits down with Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy to discuss diversity and inclusion in the United States Army, its history and future.. . .

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In this Program, we welcome guests from the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) to discuss lessons learned from the Gulf War.. . .

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Award-winning journalist and author Elizabeth Becker talks about her newly Published book ‘You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War’.. . .

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This program is a special episode with the senior leaders of the First Army. First Army carries the critical and complicated mission of partnering with, training and mobilizing the entirety of the nation’s Reserve Component: the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.. . .

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As the sergeant major of the Army, Grinston is the Army chief of staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. He devotes the majority of his time traveling throughout the Army to observe training and interact with Soldiers and their Families. He sits on a variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their Families and routinely invited to testify before Congress. Grinston is the public face of the U.S. Army's Noncommissioned Officer Corps, representing the NCO Corps to the American people in the media and through business and community engagements.. . .

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