News Headlines, VP Pence from Pennsylvania & John Ubaldi from Tampa

Shanksville, PA
John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

On the sixteen anniversary of the attacks in New York City and  Washington D.C. we’ll talk about it.  We listen to Vice-President Mike Pence from Shanksville in Pennsylvania and we’ll talk to John Ubaldi, MGySgt USMC (ret) talk about how the war has changed so many lives.

We’ll also get an update of John Ubaldi on conditions in the Tampa area as Hurricane IRMA has moved through.

LEADERSHIP & WHAT’S NEW AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS: Rusty Blackman, LtGen USMC (ret)

Rusty Blackman
LtGen USMC (ret)
President & CEO
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Rusty Blackman joins us to talk leadership and what’s new and exciting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Rusty walks us through the new Medal of Honor Theater, the expansion of the Museum that will be completed in 2018 as well as the visit of the President of South Korea on his first official trip to the United States to pay his respects to the Marine Corps who evacuated his family from the vicinity of the Chosin Reservior in during the Korean War.

LtGen Blackman also discuss how the NMMC has exceeded the expectations of those who envisioned it by becoming a sacred place for Marines to gather.  A GREAT DISCUSSION with the leader of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

If you’re interested in supporting the great work of the Foundation, click here.

VIETNAM MARINES ON MY LAI: Ken Rodgers, LCpl USMC

Then and Now…

Ken Rodgers, LCpl USMC, is a veteran of Khe Sanh.  He joined us to talk about the environment that surrounded him in Vietnam.  Stories of ear cutting, racism and rape are associated with the War in Vietnam more so than any other war America has participated in… what was the truth for those who served?  Ken talks about his experience in Vietnam as a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment.

 

 

SOMETHING I’VE NEVER HEARD: Survivors of Iwo Jima talk about what they lived through

These are the images that we associate with the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Recently, I stumbled on to interviews with Japanese survivors of the battle, something I’d never heard before.

Listen to the conditions they lived and fought in, their combat instructions, the way they treated their wounded and how they ultimately turned to barbaric behavior as their food and water ran out and they knew their end was near.

Amazing audio.  You can watch the source videos here:  Video #1,  Video #2,  and Video #3.

WAS LEADING IN VIETNAM DIFFERENT: MajGen Jarvis Lynch, USMC (ret)

Jarvis Lynch
MajGen USMC (ret)

We had extensive conversations about My Lai last week on the program.  Jarvis Lynch, MajGen USMC (ret) — an operations officer in Vietnam in 1969 in Vietnam joined us to discuss what it was like to lead in Vietnam given the social unrest of the time in our natio.

Jarvis has very interesting things to say about drugs, rape and weak leadership during the Vietnam War and in any war.  We discuss drugs, rape and leadership at My Lai.

We also talk about how the Viet Cong related to the North Vietnamese Army in an area of operations and an interesting story about a leprosy colony that full of healthy young men.  Interesting stuff.

THOUGHTS ON MY LAI: Tom Draude

Tom Draude
BGen USMC (ret)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret), joins us to discuss “Leading in Vietnam” where he served three tours of duty.

The Vietnam veteran has been stained in history by the characterization of drugs, racism, rape and the killing of civilians.  What is the truth?  We’ll find out what it was it was like to lead in Vietnam by an officer with three combat tours there.

THOUGHTS ON MY LAI: Bob Nilsson

Bob Nilsson
Capt USMC
Founder, 100 Entrepreneurs Project

Bob Nilsson is a Vietnam era veteran of the Marine Corps and he joined us to discuss how My Lai impacted the Nation and those who were in uniform when it happened.

We also talk the culture that surrounded of the US military in Vietnam, were drugs and rape routine parts of that culture?

Bob was fired up for this conversation.  Don’t miss it.

KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN: My Lai (Part 4)

CPT Ernerst Medina
U.S. Army

Post-Combat related mental health… we talk about it… now you’ll get to hear what that burden sounds like from a man who is now 40 but cannot recover from the events that took place in March of 1968 that changed his live forever and resulted in three suicide attempts.  

Listening to this will leave your jaw on the floor and your brain wondering why as a leader I was never taken through the details of these events.

All the reasons you need to “Keep Your Honor Clean” are embedded in these segments… as well as the reality of “what we do in life, echos in eternity” — Darius Maximux (from the movie “Gladiator) — which is a catchy phrase that teases the reality of post-combat related mental health… you’re NOT getting over it… you’ll live with it… both the good and the bad.