34 years after the Bombing in Beirut, LCpl Matt Gospodinovich recounts that day

LCpl Matthew “Gospo” Gospodinovich
Charlie Battery, 1/10
Beirut, Lebanon 1983
October 23, 1983
Beirut Memorial
Camp Lejeune, NC
Beirut Memorial
Camp Lejeune, NC

Matt “Gospo” Gospdinovich was an artillery Marine with “Charlie” Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines and was part of a Quick-Reaction-Force that responded to the Marine Barracks at the Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983.

Gospo talks about about the 24th MAU’s (Marine Amphibious Unit) deployment to Beirut that started in May of 1983 when they arrived at the Beirut International Airport.  He walks us through patrolling outside the airport, watching the USS New Jersey fire and the events of that day.

Matt also talks about “living with” the events of that day, the fact that there was no mental health treatment during that period of our history, his panic attacks and how he’s dealt with it through the VA and how social media played a part in his healing all these years later.

A PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION: The Road to 9/11 (The History Channel)

Mike Musselman told me a while ago that I should watch “The Road to 9/11” which was running on The History Channel.

“If you think you hate Don Rumfeld now, wait til you see this show” Mike told me on the air about a month ago.  Here are a few audio cuts and some commentary about them.  Mike was right, I needed to watch the program which features prominent member of the Bush and Clinton Administrations and members of the CIA and FBI.

Highly credible, highly sourced and riveting.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.