TODAY’S SHOW: Grant Newsham talks North Korea —- Calvin Humphrey talks being a PFC on Iwo Jima

Grant Newsham
Defense Researcher
Col, USMCR (ret)

In two GREAT interviews:

Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), talks the current situation in North Korea and the challenges for the United States in the region that includes South Korea, China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Calvin Humphry, PFC USMC, who landed on Iwo Jima as a PFC talks about thehow he got to the Marine Corps, the 5th Division’s preparations for Iwo Jima on Hawaii, the landing and days of combat and then how he’s coped with it for all these years!  ONE OF THE BEST INTERVIEW ALL MARINE RADIO HAS DONE IN THE LAST YEAR!

Cal Humphry
PFC, USMC
Iwo Jima Veteran

 

CROSSROADS: Todd Sanders & Walt Heller — two combat vets, a microphone and a war story

“Inspired by Sebastian Junger’s  call for combat veterans to share their experiences with all Americans, Matt Morgan set out to create an environment where vets would feel comfortable doing just that. He knew that the combat experience wasn’t the kind of thing you presented in a TED Talk, and while books like Redeployed or A Rumor of War have become classics, very few vets truly ever feel their time in uniform was so unique that they should write a memoir.  Yet, every combat vet has a story, and in most cases, if asked, they’d share it with a fellow vet. That’s how Crossroads was born. It’s two vets talking war stories. There just happens to be a mic there. So you can listen in.”

Todd Sanders  {Major USMC (ret)} sits down with Walt Heller, a World War II Marine, who served with the historic Marine Raiders in the Pacific.  Walt fought on Guadalcanal, Guam and Okinawa.   GREAT STUFF!!!!!!CROSSROADS WITH Todd Sanders & Walt Heller — two combat vets, a microphone and some war stories.

CROSSROADS: Matt Morgan and Jerry Judge… two combat vets, a microphone and a war story

 

Matt Morgan
LtCol USMC (ret)
Producer, “The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima”

“Inspired by Sebastian Junger’s  call for combat veterans to share their experiences with all Americans, Matt Morgan set out to create an environment where vets would feel comfortable doing just that. He knew that the combat experience wasn’t the kind of thing you presented in a TED Talk, and while books like Redeployed or A Rumor of War have become classics, very few vets truly ever feel their time in uniform was so unique that they should write a memoir.  Yet, every combat vet has a story, and in most cases, if asked, they’d share it with a fellow vet. That’s how Crossroads was born. It’s two vets talking war stories. There just happens to be a mic there. So you can listen in.”

Jerry Judge
Sgt USMC
Vietnam 1965

CROSSROADS WITH JERRY JUDGE & MATT

MORGAN… two combat vets, a microphone and some war stories.

Our guy Matt Morgan {LtCol USMC (ret)} sits down with Jerry Judge, former Marine Sgt and squad leader, and talks about his time as a grunt in Vietnam in 1965. Jerry retired high school principal in Kalkaska, Michigan and is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University. GREAT STUFF!!!!!!

EATING BETTER & A BURIAL AT SEA: Mike & Mike

Mike McNamara
Mike Musselman
Afghanistan 2010
George Goodson
LtCol, USMC (ret)

The boys discuss eating better as you age, but still enjoying good food… no easy task, but certainly doable.

“Burial at Sea” written by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (ret) is also discussed.  The article details his experience as a Casualty Notification Officer during Vietnam… which included a burial at sea.

PRODUCING A DOCUMENTARY: Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan
LtCol USMC (ret)
Producer, “The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima”

Matt Morgan, LtCol USMC (ret), and the producer of “The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima” joins us to discuss his time with the Marine Corps Public Affairs Office in Los Angeles where he became familiar with the film industry and producing for a high quality channel like The Smithsonian Channel.

We’ll also discuss Matt’s experience as a new producer, selling the idea of a documentary to an industry that is always looking for “the next best thing.”  Matt discusses the choice to produce on your own or to partner with a studio or another producer as well as the interesting sidebars that come from doing original.

PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY and LIVE AUDIO FROM THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA: Mike & Mike

Mike McNamara
Mike Musselman
Afghanistan 2010

The boys discuss how people on both sides of a debate believe in extremes, the need for civil discourse and listening in our partisan culture and the fact that perception is NOT reality.

Mac also shared LIVE audio from the landing on Iwo Jima.  Absolutely riveting audio of Marines going ashore on D-Day, February 19, 1945 on the black coral sand of Iwo Jima.  MUST LISTEN.

IWO JIMA & GUNTALK… STOPPING POWER: Mike & Mike

Mike McNamara
Mike Musselman
Afghanistan 2010

The boys discuss encounters they’ve had with Iwo Jima veterans throughout their lives as well as stories of that battle.

GUNTALK:  what is “stopping power” and why does Gunner hate the term?  What does the term refer to?

GUNTALK:  why do we go to war with target shooting ammunition?

Iwo Jima: PFC Cal Humphry, USMC

Cal Humphrey
PFC, USMC
Iwo Jima Veteran

Cal Humphrey tells an incredible story of joining the Marine Corps as a kid from Missouri, meeting and getting to know John Basilone at the “slop chute” in Hawaii as they trained for the invasion of “Island X” which ultimately became Iwo Jima and then the fight for that island.

When asked how he dealt with what he saw on D-Day the former Marine PFC responded “I think everybody dealt with it the same way… probably your mind was all there… you had a few things to do that kept you focused… I can’t explain it, your mind kinda does something… and there wasn’t anybody to shoot at.”

Weapon of choice:  “Napalm.  If they would have dropped napalm all over that island they might have hurt someone.”

Sleeping on Iwo Jima:  “We set our grenades, machineguns… hopefully enough guys would stay awake and would wake everybody else up.”

On the Japanese:  “That guy who set that island up was a genius.  They never did anything foolish, they never showed themselves… you knew they were there because they were killing ya.  Hell, it was like fighting ghosts.”

On dying:  “Everyone thinks they’re going to get killed… I told my guys to shoot at anything and kept your heads down… look in all directions and keep looking forward.”

What makes a good Marine:  “A guy who can keep his common sense, you’re not 10 feet tall and bulletproof.  And everyone in the service is just as good as you are.”

Post-combat mental health:  “Never had any mental problems but I’ll tell you what I did.  I never went into those places, the VFW and Legion.  I send them my money but I’ve never gone in those places.  Don’t think I didn’t dream about it a lot, I did.  I wouldn’t lay there and suffer, I’d get up and read a book.  I got as far away from it as I could.”

Cal Humphrey is a successful businessman and a proud Marine.  His humility and sense of duty are evident all these years later.  On a day that we remember both flag raisings on Mount Suribachi we salute PFC Calvin Humphrey, United States Marine Corps.