British Historian Saul David on the 5th Marines of WWII

Join Robert Child for a conversation with British historian and Sunday Times bestselling author Saul David. Saul is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute. From 2009 to 2021, he was Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and Programme Director for Buckingham’s London-based MPhil in Military History. His book is called, Devil Dogs: King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines: From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan.


Wednesday
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Online Book Talk, Immortal Valor with the National Museum of the U.S. Army

Had a great time discussing my book Immortal Valor at the National Museum of the United States Army on September 15th. We also gave away a hardcover copy of the book to a winner who guessed correctly that Vernon Baker was the only one of the seven Medal of Honor recipients who was able to accept the medal in person in 1997. The museum plans to post the video of the presentation this fall. I will keep you posed on when that's released.

Saturday
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Powerful Conversation with Outspoken U.S. Marine Stu Scheller on America's Crisis of Command

Join Robert Child for a powerful conversation with author and former Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller. Stuart gained notoriety last year as a US Marine speaking out and asking for accountability for the US’s disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan. His new book is called Crisis of Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians.
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82nd Airborne Division Colonel Richard Hooker on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and retired Colonel Richard Hooker. Richard, a career Army officer, his military service included combat tours in Grenada, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute brigade in Baghdad. His military service also included stints in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army. A veteran of three tours with the National Security Council, he previously served as Assistant Professor at West Point, as the Army Chair at the National War College, and as Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome. His book is The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War.

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September Guests on Point of the Spear, Plus a New Documentary

September is full of great guests on Point of the Spear. We kicked off the month with Navy Seal Ben Milligan who returned to the show to talk about his book, 
By Water Beneath the Walls. Then, this week in our feature episode of the month outspoken former U.S. Marine Stuart Scheller stopped by to discuss his new book, Crisis in Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians. Stuart's episode will is also a video podcast on our Youtube Channel. September 17th, 30-year 82nd Airborne veteran Colonel Richard Hooker will be here to discuss his book, The Good Captain. And later this month Saul David will be here to discuss 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and his book, Devil Dogs. All right here on Point of the Spear.

Plus we've just released a new military history documentary on Tubi, Weather and Warfare. It is the free streaming app owned by Fox. Below is the trailer. Watch now on Tubi now at the  this link.  https://tubitv.com/movies/680635/weather-and-warfare-millennia-to-modern-time


Tuesday
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A Few Bad Men - Watch a Conversation with U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and retired U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin. Fred served twenty-seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, beginning as a seventeen-year-old who rose from the enlisted ranks to become an officer. Serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and elsewhere, he led the first special operations company in the Marines and earned forty-nine military medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star. His book is A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan and Betrayed in America.

Sunday
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Where Cowards Go to Die - Watch a Conversation with Special Forces Combat Vet Benjamin Sledge

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Benjamin Sledge. Ben is a wounded Special Operations combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals. His latest book is Where Cowards Go to Die. 

Saturday
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Military History Doc on Naval Combat Search and Rescue in Vietnam

A documentary about Navy helicopters and combat SAR during the Vietnam War: two-hour film will be told from the perspective of the pilots, aircrew men, maintainers, and survivors. Release planned for spring of 2023. 


Learn more and help support Vietnam War Naval history with a tax-deductible contribution to the film through the Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society at the links at the end of the video.



More  About HC-7:

Despite the turbulent times in the 1960s in a changing America, what held true then remains so today, the steadfast courage of the American serviceman. The combat ethos "leave no warrior behind" was operational doctrine for one mission-focused squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Seven. In the history of the U.S. Navy, HC-7 was the only active-duty combat search and rescue squadron ever to exist. And became one of the most highly decorated naval squadrons in Vietnam. 


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Navy SEAL and Author Ben Milligan Returns to Point of the Spear in a Video Podcast Sept 4th

Join Robert Child on September 4th for a follow-up conversation with author and Navy SEAL veteran Ben Milligan. Ben became a US Navy SEAL in 2001 and served until 2009. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and other awards. He received a BA in History at Purdue University and an MA in International Relations at the University of San Diego.  His book is called By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs. WATCH




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