Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 40): Nick Grimes

Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 40): Nick Grimes

Nick Grimes | Tell Me a Story  (This episode contains explicit language or subject matter)   ABOUT THIS EPISODE On Episode 40 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with Nick Grimes, army veteran of Afghanistan and director of the Veterans Breakfast Club’s Post-9/11 Veterans Storytelling Project, about what defines a Post-9/11 era veteran, live storytelling events, the truth in oral history, and […]

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Bill C. King: In My Own Words

Bill C. King: In My Own Words

William C. King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served with the Army Corps of Engineers in the China Burma India Theater (CBI) during WWII, from 1943 to 1946. Having survived his experience in Asia, although with a bout of malaria, Bill admits that it was a transformative experience. “We were there to get the job done, and we did. If we didn’t know how, we figured it […]

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Francis Hynds: In My Own Words

Francis Hynds: In My Own Words

Francis “Frank” Hynds was born in The Bronx, New York City. By his own admission, Frank wasn’t a very good student but he was smart enough to know that joining the Coast Guard in the 1950s would be a good job for a kid looking for his start in life. Serving in the Coast Guard reserves was good duty; Frank was no more than 20-30 […]

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Rick Erisman: In My Own Words

Rick Erisman: In My Own Words

Rick Erisman of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined the navy, serving as a radioman from 1969 to 1973. As to why he enlisted in the service after graduating college in North Carolina he admits, “I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I did want to serve my country.” After all, he was inspired his grandfather, who was Adjutant General of Alabama, and many other […]

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Ted Debiak: In My Own Words

Ted Debiak: In My Own Words

Ted Debiak was drafted into the US Army after graduating from Penn State. He served as a combat medic from 1966 to 1968. When Ted arrived in Vietnam at Cam Ranh Bay he was attached to the 4th Infantry Division. “It was hot,” he recalls. “So very hot.” Combat medics were individually targeted by the Vietnamese army, but on Christmas Day 1967 Ted was wounded […]

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Edith Stein: In My Own Words

Edith Stein: In My Own Words

Edith Stein, 97, of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania is a Holocaust survivor. Born and raised within a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, she remembers a slow rise of social bigotry and cultural brutality against Jews and others deemed “undesirable.” Fascism’s grip on Europe then, as now, she contemplates, was inspired. People learned to hate their neighbors, friends, and countrymen if they were identified as enemies of […]

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Clarence “Joe” Goritz: In My Own Words

Clarence “Joe” Goritz: In My Own Words

When Clarence “Joe” Goritz joined the navy in April 1943 WWII and served with the famed Seabees in the South Pacific, it was a natural occupational fit. After all, Joe comes from a mechanically-gifted family of builders and tradesmen. “When I came home from the war, I couldn’t accept all things that had changed since I went away during the war,” Joe says. “It was […]

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Herb Baugh: In My Own Words

Herb Baugh: In My Own Words

Herb Baugh of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania volunteered to join the army during the Korean War. In those days the military was still segregated, and the experience left a lasting impression on Herb. Because he had worked on the railroad in Pittsburgh before the war, Herb was placed with the 724th Railway Operating Battalion of the Transportation Military Railway Service (TMRS). At that time, the railroad was […]

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Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 39): Teresa Funke

Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 39): Teresa Funke

Teresa Funke | Historical Fiction    ABOUT THIS EPISODE On Episode 39 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with author Teresa Funke about historical fiction, oral history, the art of conversation, and why it matters more than ever to preserve the stories of the WWII generation. Teresa Funke is an award-winning author of numerous books based on true-life stories from the WWII […]

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Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast – Episode 38 – Bob Dvorchak

Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast – Episode 38 – Bob Dvorchak

Bob Dvorchak | Drive On  On Episode 38 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with Bob Dvorchak, legendary Pittsburgh sports writer, national journalist, war correspondent, and author of Drive On: The Uncensored War of Bedouin Bob and the All-Americans.     Bob Dvorchak is an award-winning author and journalist, whose career spans more than four decades from Associated Press national correspondent to the Pittsburgh […]

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