Archive for 2022
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.
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.
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Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and U.S. Army veteran Don Bentley. Don spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot during which time he was stationed in South Korea, Germany, and Texas. While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with “V” for valor. His latest book is called Hostile Intent.
the conclusion of my 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.
Maj. Galvin's book is about the wrongly accused men in his special operations unit, including himself, who became known as the MARSOC Seven. They were all charged with homicide and faced life imprisonment.
More about the MARSOC SEVEN from Sofrep.com
"Fox Company Marines (MSOC F) were accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians in March of 2007, and that narrative was spread throughout the media as a result of a rush to judgment by several military leaders who were directly responsible for the expulsion of Fox Company from Afghanistan. This rush to judgment occurred without sufficient evidence, as later proven during the Court of Inquiry."
Watch part of the interview on the video version of the podcast (click above).
to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It is another in our series of story-telling specials. First person accounts are the living link we have to what occurred at Gettysburg. And although some of the accounts may be less than accurate due to the various authors seeing only their narrow view of the conflict and having limited information – they still bring to life the battle in a deeply personal way. PLAY EPISODE.
Then Mark Greaney returned to Point of the Spear to discuss his new book, Armored. July is a big month for Mark; his fantastic-looking Gray Man movie starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans debuts in theaters on July 15th and migrates to Netflix on July 22nd. PLAY EPISODE.
Second Half of July:
Next week on July 20th, retired Marine Major Fred Galvin comes to Point of the Spear to talk about his riveting new book, A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan and Betrayed in America. The book tells the incredible true story of an elite team of U.S. Marines set up to take the fall for Afghanistan war crimes they did not commit—and Major Galvin's 14-year fight to redeem his men. Galvin's interview is another Point of the Spear episode you won't want to miss.
We close out the month on the 27th with Dr. Samuel Mitcham and his remarkable new book, The Encyclopedia of Confederate Generals: The Definitive Guide to the 426 Leaders of the South's War Effort. You'll definitely enjoy this episode if you're an avid Civil War buff. Mitcham documents the lives of every Confederate general from birth to death, highlighting their unique contributions to the battlefield and bringing their triumphs and tragedies to life.
I am delighted to announce a new documentary film project is underway in association with the Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society. No Warrior Left Behind: The Untold Story of HC-7 is the first Vietnam War project I have undertaken, but I have wanted to write and direct a Vietnam War film for a long time. This project is perfect for me as it highlights courage and sacrifice in a naval squadron whose story is not well known.
The Story in Brief:
By September 1967 when HC-7 was established, Vietnam was fast becoming the “helicopter war.” It is the defining mode of transport and image that remains in the minds of most Americans today. These birds brought men into battle and carried them home.
The role of HC-7 was CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) and the task was not for the faint of heart. The Navy lost an average of two SAR aircraft for every three aircrews rescued and one SAR crewman killed or captured for every two aircrews rescued. Many more rescues were attempted than succeeded.
Undaunted by those odds, aviators of HC-7 performed their duties with courage and determination. They knew what was at stake. A captured American pilot faced torture, isolation, and many times death at the hands of the fanatical North Vietnamese.
With the passage of time, we are losing these naval veterans, the survivors, and their stories. No Warrior Left Behind preserves the inspiring tales of a combat rescue squadron whose sole purpose and mission were to bring our warriors back home.
More about the book:
On June 19, 1864, just off the coast of France, one of the most dramatic naval battles in history took place. On a clear day with windswept skies, the dreaded Confederate raider Alabama faced the Union warship Kearsarge in an all-or-nothing fight to the finish, the outcome of which would effectively end the threat of the Confederacy on the high seas.
Authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin introduce some of the crucial but historically overlooked players, including John Winslow, captain of the USS Kearsarge, as well as Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS Alabama. Readers will sail aboard the Kearsarge as Winslow embarks for Europe with a set of simple orders from the secretary of the navy: "Travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, if necessary, to find and destroy the Alabama."
Winslow pursued Semmes in a spectacular fourteen-month chase over international waters, culminating in what would become the climactic sea battle of the Civil War.
Wednesday May 11th join me for a conversation with author Jared Frederick. Jared is a history instructor at Penn State Altoona and hosts the popular Youtube Channel Reel History. His new book is called Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.
Join Robert Child for a conversation with New York Times Bestselling author J.D. Dickey. J.D. has been writing books for 20 years, first as an author for Penguin/Rough Guides, now as a writer of narrative nonfiction about American history, society and culture. His latest book is called The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America.
Watch the full interview below.
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A rider carried the pamphlet to the Continental Army’s camp on the Delaware. Washington had decided to lead his men across the river late on Christmas night and surprise-attack the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. In preparation for that desperate crossing, he ordered his officers to gather their men in groups and read Paine’s words aloud." Wm. Hogeland, History.Net Full article
Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was produced by Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child.
"Serving for Justice is about the history of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. It covers a wide swath of black history from the early Jim Crow laws and how the African American experience unfolded in America and how it shaped the men who would go on to fight in World War II," said Director Robert Child.
"Originally produced for the American Embassy in Belgium, this project has grown from that original mission. To say it is timely would be quite an understatement but it goes to show that racial inequality has been with us a long while and has not been addressed properly. Perhaps now more voices are speaking up and positive change will come about. Time will tell. I am pleased, however that the work I have done in this area has continued to be noticed."
The film was produced by Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, the group is the offshoot of other African American re-enactors who for many years educated and enlightened the public on the involvement of African Americans in World War I. Today, the group forms an overarching structure for African American reenactors who hail from the east coast, the mid-west and the southern United States.
Ebony Doughboys statement:
"As a basis of our historical interpretation, we engage in the extensive research of the role of African Americans during this period by studying and reading personal accounts, archived sources, photographs and other source material. We examine photographs and original garments, accoutrements and weapons to gain a thorough understanding of the original Ebony Doughboys. We strive to reach a consistent, high level of authenticity in our appearance, realizing that as our knowledge grows, our standards for authenticity will also evolve. Members are expected to present themselves to the public with military deportment, an open-mindedness for learning, and a commitment to educating, dispelling myths, and building bridges of understanding."
Review from Amazon.com
"AWESOME INDIE FILM! What a rollercoaster. If you are interested in general history, military history, WWII history, American history, or interested in a great story -- you will want to watch this documentary, and learn about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. Their story is America's story over the entire 20th Century. The unit was born directly from the triumphs & tragedies of WWI's African-American experience, they endured amazing combat experiences in Normandy & beyond, they were outgunned/outmanned in their desperate fight at the Bulge -- and their legacy of courage sacrifice took seventy years to correct, after the war. To tell the tale, the film makes good use of various elements -- striking expert & participant interviews, rare WWII combat footage, reenactor recreations, etc. -- and delivers the goods. Take the time, watch this movie, and learn about some heroic people -- people that you will not soon forget.
Captain, USN (Retired)
Director of Communication
U.S. World War I Centennial Commission
February 16th - Mark Greaney
Join Robert Child for a conversation with Mark Greaney about his book Sierra Six. Mark is a #1 NYT best selling author of over 16 thrillers He has written or cowritten seven Tom Clancy novels and the Audible Original Audio Drama, Armored which has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. He lives in Memphis with his family.
February 19th - Carole Engle Avriett
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Carole Engle Avriett about her book Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions. Carole grew up in a military family. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a double major BA in English and History, specializing in Military History. She served as the Homes Editor with Southern Living Magazine for nearly 15 years. *This episode is dedicated to Edwin "The Swede" Blomberg, WWII Marine Raider.
February 23rd - Steve Berry
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Steve Berry about his book The Kaiser’s Web. Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels, among other books. He and his wife are the founders of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.
March 2nd - Brad Taylor
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Brad Taylor about his book End of Days. Brad is a twenty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Oper-ation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has written fifteen New York Times bestsellers and is a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.
March 9th - Andrews and Wilson
Join Robert Child for a conversation with Andrews and Wilson about their book, Rogue Asset.
was the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. He passed away in February 2019.is a U.S. Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University.
has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the U.S. Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast-based SEAL Team. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.
March 16th - RJ Patterson
Join Robert Child for a conversation with RJ Patterson, R.J. Patterson is an award-winning writer and thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up in a military family, he spent some of his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football.
March 23rd - Bruns and Olson
Join Robert Child for a conversation with Bruns and Olson. J .R. Olson graduated from Annapolis in May of 1990 with a BS in History. He served as a naval intelligence officer, retiring in March of 2011 at the rank of commander. His assignments during his 21-year career included duty aboard aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, participation in numerous operations around the world, to include Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, and service in the U.S. Navy in strategic-level Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations as a CIA-trained case officer.