Grant Newsham
Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Senior Researcher
Col USMC (ret)

Monday, June 05 2017, Hour 2

Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), joined the program to discuss his recent article in the Asia Times entitled “US Marines and Okinawa: Enough exasperation to go around

We discuss US Marine presence on Okinawa and Japanese politics relative to that.  Our presence in Guam and Australia and the future of the South China Sea.

Grant also attempts to answer the question — what’s in the future for our Western Pacific allies

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.