Archive for July 2022

Legendary CIA Counter Terrorist Chief of Operations On Point of the Spear August 24th

Join Robert Child August 24th for a conversation with author and former CIA Counter Terrorist Chief of Operations Ric Prado. Ric is a retired CIA operations officer specializing in paramilitary, counter-terrorism, and covert operations. Escaping Cuba as a child amidst the violence of Castro’s Cuban Revolution, he would retire as the CIA’s equivalent of a two-star general after a 24-year career. His book is called Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior. 

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Former U.S. Army Apache Helicopter Pilot and Author Don Bentley on Point of the Spear

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. LISTEN NOW

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Part Two Episode of U.S. Marine Maj. Fred Galvin, A Few Bad Men

Catch 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. LISTEN NOW

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August Guests Coming to Point of the Spear include British SAS Veteran Des Powell

We’ve got some great guests coming in August as we kick off Season Three of Point of the Spear. Our guests include NY Times bestselling author and former Apache helicopter pilot Don Bentley. 101st Airborne Vietnam veteran Larry Freeland will also come by to discuss the battle of Lam Son 719. CIA Counterterrorist Chief of Operations Ric Prado will stop by to discuss his book, Black Ops. And former UK Special Forces soldier Des Powell will be here to discuss his Sunday Times bestseller, SAS Bravo Three Zero: The Gripping True Story. My conversation with Des will also release as a video episode on our Youtube Channel August 17th. It’s all part of the August Season Three kick-off on Point of the Spear.

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Powerful Two-Part Special with Maj. Fred Galvin (ret.) A Few Bad Men

We have a powerful two-part episode with retired U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin on July 20th and 27th on Point of the Spear, where we discuss his book, A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan 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

"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).

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Talking About Immortal Valor on Dan Snow's History Hit Podcast

I invite everyone to check out my conversation with Dan Snow on his History Hit podcast. It is the most popular history podcast in the UK with millions of downloads. Allene Carter and I discuss the story of the seven black Medal of Honor recipients of WWII and my book Immortal Valor. I hope you can check it out.   LISTEN NOW.  

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July is Sizzling on Point of the Spear

Point of the Spear kicked off the month with director Ron Maxwell, which led into our two-part Gettysburg narrative program, Voices from the Front, 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.

This week on July 13th, author Benjamin Sledge stopped by the podcast. 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. In a powerful interview, he discusses his latest book, Where Cowards Go to Die. 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. 

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Director Ron Maxwell Comes to Point of the Spear

Kicking off our Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary weekend join Robert Child for a special interview with director Ron Maxwell. Ron is an award-winning Hollywood filmmaker best known for his successful films on the American Civil War and he had several box office hits before those two films. Rob’s interview with Ron Maxwell was taped a couple years back during the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. PLAY EPISODE.

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