Archive for 2022
John Koopman III a historian and author who portrays General George Washington in major motion pictures and television. Then on Christmas Eve, we had a very special episode, Christmas 1942. The program integrated radio broadcasts and music of the time to recreate that time and era. Plus I interviewed Peter Harmsen who wrote, Darkest Christmas: December 1942 and a World at War. It's was one Christmas special you didn't want to miss. Finally, during the last week of the year Chloe Gavin Beatty, the youngest daughter of WWII general James Gavin came on the show to discuss her father's war-time diary that has just been released as a book. I could not think of a better way to close our third season. January starts the 4th Season of Point of the Spear and we've got a stellar line in store. Have a wonderful and a Very Happy New Year!
The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Weekly Standard, and the Christian Science Monitor. His book with coauthor, John Siegfried is called No Greater Love: The Story of Michael Crescenz, Philadelphia’s Only Medal of Honor Recipient of the Vietnam War. LISTEN NOW
SAS Brothers in Arms: Churchill's Desperadoes: Blood-and-Guts Defiance at Britain's Darkest Hour. WATCH BELOW.
Thanksgiving week on Wednesday, November 23rd Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger stopped by the show. His latest book is called, The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II.
To close the month, November 30th we learned the story behind the creation of the legendary American fighter plane the P-51 Mustang with authors David and Margaret White and their new book, WINGS OF WAR: The World War II Fighter Plane that Saved the Allies and the Believers Who Made It Fly.
I wanted to bring attention to a fantastic new multimedia exhibit at the National WWII Museum, which opened on Veterans Day. I attended a special pre-opening launch on November 10th for "invited guests only." It was beyond spectacular. And I urge everyone to reserve their tickets early before they sell out. Check their website for showtimes.
Expressions of America is a first-of-its-kind nighttime sound and light experience celebrating the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict. Available exclusively at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans starting on Veterans Day 2022, Expressions of America will immerse audiences in written words, songs, and personal reflections of the everyday men and women who served our country in every way imaginable during World War II. Generously presented by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, Expressions of America will uniquely combine the latest outdoor projection technology with wartime letters and oral histories from the Museum’s collection to allow audiences to experience the stories of the WWII generation like never before. Check out the Teaser/Trailer below.
for Youtube. The Youtube platform has become the place to "stream and be seen" these days with over 2.6 billion active monthly users. It truly is the behemoth of the streaming world today. I had resisted creating original content for the platform for years but I have seen the view counts that my Janson Media distributed military history documentaries have generated and it is eye-opening. The views are in the millions.
So when you have a moment check out The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln. More about the show: Few Americans alive today are unaware that our sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated while in office. It has been a part of American history textbooks for generations. But unanswered questions and little-known facts about his final hours remain, which are both revealing and disturbing. And it has been contended by forensic anthropologists that the President was dying months before the fatal shot, which ended his life.
conversation with author Brian Walter. Brian is a retired Army officer from a combat arms branch with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Relations. He has been a student of the British military during the Second World War for more than 30 years. His book is called, Blue Water War: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940–1945.
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.