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Stories of Sacrifice American POW/MIAs - Public Service Broadcast Promoting Homefront Support EP 20

Public Service Broadcast - Promoting Homefront Support of the War Effort is sound recording originally recorded by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) public service program during the early part of WW2 which featured Sergeant Alvin C. York, World War I veteran, speaking from Knoxville, Tennessee; and Richard Martin Scheuns, Sr., a German - American veteran of World War I, speaking from Memphis, Tennessee. Barry Kroger was the narrator. This recording was made public again by the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) and continues to hold meaning even today in regards to those who were Killed in Action and to those who died in defense of our great Nation who haven’t come home. Email the Show Host, John Bear - john@uspowmiafamilylocating.com  Stories of Sacrifice Website - https://www.storiesofsacrifice.org SOS Logo Headgear - https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=405https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=404SOS RV Traveling MIA Merch Shop - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/rv-traveling-mia-researcher/Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - PFC Juan F. Gutierrez Misidentified EP 19

Wrong remains buried by the wrong family.ANOTHER MISIDENTIFICATION – THE CASE OF PFC JUAN F. GUTIERREZ.Mistakes are a fact of life. What counts is the response to errors. Ever wonder why the U.S. Government does NOT want to identify the missing from World War II? Listen Now.SOS Logo Headgear - https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=405https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=404SOS RV Traveling MIA Merch Shop - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/rv-traveling-mia-researcher/Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - PVT Arthur H. “Bud” Kelder EP 18

Private Arthur H. “Bud” Kelder, First Unknown Returned to his Family   Bud’s story is typical of those who died in the Cabanatuan POW camp after surviving the Bataan Death March. He was the first of more than 300 Unknowns to be returned to his family. Why is the Department of Defense dragging their feet on returning all of them?

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - 1LT Alexander R. Nininger (MoH) Final Part 5

THE ARMY HAD A PROBLEM. THE PUBLIC WANTED TO KNOW WHERE THEIR HERO WAS AND A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON.http://bataanmissing.com/2020/06/02/nininger-part-5-hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-confused-bureaucrat/

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - 1LT Alexander R. Nininger (MoH) A Battle That Has Not Ended

This is a series of articles written by our friends at BataanMissing.com about the 1st MoH recipient of WW2 who is still listed as MIA in the Philippines and his family's fight with our own Government to bring Sandy home for a proper, respectful burial and the Honor he deserves.   Part 1 - Remains of Medal of Honor Recipient Not Identified Because Army Can’t Unscrew Their Screwup 1LT Alexander “Sandy” Nininger was consigned to the grave of an Unknown Soldier by the celebrity of the Medal of Honor. https://bataanmissing.com/2020/05/05/medal-of-honor-goes-mia/Part 2 - The Classified Cover-up, If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. If you still don’t like the facts, just hide the evidence. https://bataanmissing.com/2020/05/12/nininger-2-the-classified-coverup/ Part 3 - What Classified Files? We Don’t Have Any Classified Files. Not deterred by inconvenient facts, Washington was sticking with Clarke’s bogus story about burials in the Abucay Churchyard even though it had been thoroughly excavated without finding additional Americans. https://bataanmissing.com/2020/05/19/nininger-3-what-classified-files-we-dont-have-any-classified-files/Part 4 - Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Different Result. On May 25 of 2017, the families of seven MIA’s filed a lawsuit in Federal Court demanding the return of the remains of their missing family members whom they believed were buried as Unknowns in the Manila American Cemetery. The lead plaintiff in this litigation was John Patterson, Nephew of 1LT Alexander R. Nininger. He had been researching the case since before most of the government experts were born.

Stories of Sacrifice, Bonus Episode - Major Zachariah Fike, Purple Hearts Reunited

Major Zachariah Fike - Zac is currently an Active Duty Army Infantry Major with over 22 years of service to his country, both as an enlisted man and officer. He has combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, participated in multi-national operations in Macedonia, counter drug operations on the Mexican border, and taken part in numerous emergency response efforts in the United States. He has served as a Company Commander three times, giving him a wide range of experience within Operations, Sustainment, and Leadership.  He has been decorated on many occasions which consist of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for wounds received in Afghanistan. Zac is the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited (PHR), a Veteran nonprofit that returns lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families, in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation.   Out of an estimated 45,000 non-profits serving Veterans, PHR is the only organization providing this service. Founded in 2012 by Zac, PHR is led by a headquarters based in Vermont and supported by three specialty divisions — Valor Research, Valor Rescue, and Valor Guard. These teams are led by dedicated volunteers from across the country and primarily consist of veterans, wounded veterans, and military families. As a team, they work together to honor our nation’s heroes and return Valor across the country.  Zac was also nominated and selected as the 2016-2017 Military Times Army Soldier of the Year and was the first National Guard Officer to ever win this prestigious award.

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Hide and Seek at the West Point Cemetery EP 15

1st LT Ira Cheaney’s remains were identified, then misplaced, then buried at West Point. Then the Army buried the report that showed they had buried the wrong remains. Part 2 in a series of stories researched and written by our friends at BataanMissing.com. For more information on this story and copies of the declassified file please visit - http://bataanmissing.com/2020/04/21/1lt-ira-cheaney-dsc/Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.com 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Who is Buried in Cheaney's Grave EP 14

Over the next few weeks and months we are bringing you a series of stories researched and written by our friends at BataanMissing.com. From casualties to cover ups at all levels of our government and newly declassified documents that just might shed some light on a 70 year mystery, with the hope it may bring a few more of our Nation’s Missing in Action heroes home. For more information on this story and copies of the declassified file please visit - http://bataanmissing.com/2020/04/21/1lt-ira-cheaney-dsc/ Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.com 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Last Letters Home EP13

Last Letters Home - featuring letters that were written home by three POW/MIA's who died in the Philippines during WW2. Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.com 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Major James "Jim" O'Donovan EP12

On today’s Stories of Sacrifice we will be discussing a very heroic POW/MIA who was awarded our Country's second highest combat valor award, the Distinguished Service Cross. 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - 1st LT Carol (Cal) Cahoon EP11

1st Lt. Carol I. Cahoon grew up in a ranching family on the range land of Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho National Guard and later joined the US Army in California. 1st LT Cahoon was assigned to the 26th Cavalry Regiment, one of the Officers in charge of the Scout Car Platoon. The Scout Car Platoon was responsible for the transportation of men and supplies using light armored cars and trucks. Unfortunately 1st LT Cahoon was Killed in Action on 7 January 1942 near Layac Junction on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. Layac Junction was one of the first lines of defense against Japanese ground forces on Bataan and provided a delaying action for General Douglas MacArthur to reorganize a better defense. Early on 7 January 1942, the remaining Scout Car Platoon departed from Layac Junction and was ambushed soon after at the nearby village of Culis. The unit returned fire, but the Japanese detonated a mortar shell against the convoy, 1LT Cahoon and one other American Officer were Killed in Action and later listed as Missing in Action. Their remains were not located following the incident and both are still currently unaccounted for. After the war American remains were recovered in this area but not identified and buried as Unknowns at the Manila American Cemetery. Today, 1LT Cahoon’s name is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines with his case listed as Active Pursuit by the DPAA. Currently, his family and nephew, Cal Cahoon Boardman are working to get his remains disinterred and identified. Mr. Boardman has written a book about his "Quest" to find his uncle.To contact Cal Cahoon Boardman to request a copy of his book, please email him at cal.boardman@gmail.com Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.com 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - PVT Israel Goldberg EP10

 PVT Israel Goldberg was born in Massachusetts, the son of Russian immigrants who served with the Hq Squadron, 24th Pursuit Gp, US Army Air Corps in the Philippines at the outbreak of WW2. When the Philippines was attacked by the Japanese, PVT Goldberg was then assigned to the Provisional Air Corps Infantry, an infantry unit of airmen retrained as Infantry soldiers who fought on the front lines in the defense of Battaan. When the Bataan forces were surrendered he was among those who endured the 65 mile Bataan Death March to the northern POW camps of O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. PVT Israel Goldberg died at the notorious Cabanatuan POW camp on 11 August 1942 and was buried in Common Grave 108 in the camp cemetery along with nine other POWs who died that day. His great niece, Liberty Phillips who runs the Non-Profit, Operation Meatball tells us his story of sacrifice and their family's determination to have him identified! For more information about Operation Meatball:http://www.operationmeatball.com/ Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.com Please visit our affiliate links that help support our Podcast. Bear in mind these are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.Flipside Canvas - Owned by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer (USMC). At Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. High quality materials that will last 100+ years. All our art comes stretched and ready to hang on your wall. 100% Made in America using locally sourced and manufactured materials. https://flipsidecanvas.com/?ref=SOSPodcast The Home Depot - Not only for the Do It Yourself building and construction projects, you have access to over two million products ranging from small/large appliances to your everyday needs for the home to camping. Purchase online and pick up in your local Home Depot free of charge or ship it to your home! The sky is the limit on the products offered by the Home Depot!https://homedepot.sjv.io/SOSPodcast

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - S1c Beauran R. O'Kane EP09

Seaman First Class Beauran Roy O'Kane was born 29 Dec 1925 to Clyde and Edith (Looney) O’Kane of Kern County California. S1c O’Kane joined the U.S. Navy and was one of 12 members of Patrol Bombing Squadron 106 assigned as the tail gunner aboard PB4Y-2 Privateer. On 1 June 1945 his last mission, they took off from Puerto Princesa Airfield on Palawan Island piloted by Commander Howard F. Mears on a routine patrol, photographic reconnaissance mission with PB4Y-1 Liberator piloted by Lt(jg) Heyler over Singapore The purpose of this mission was to photograph Japanese Naval vessels in the Singapore Harbor. Attacked by Japanese fighters, O'Kane's plane was hit in the #3 engine and the plane went down. None of the crew’s remains were recovered nor identified following the war and all currently still listed as Missing in Action. 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Sweet Land of Liberty Author Timothy L. Porter Interview EP08

Interview with Timothy L. Porter who helped support the family compile the history of Talmadge Smithey who was serving as a member of the US Navy on the USS Canopus in the Philippine Islands when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. When Japanese attacks on US forces in the Philippines followed in 1942, the USS Canopus was severely damaged and Smithey and his comrades scuttled the ship to prevent it from getting into enemy hands. Smithey and his fellow shipmates then joined US and Filipino ground forces in defense of Bataan and Corregidor. Waiting for help that never arrived, Smithey and his fellow soldiers were outmanned and outnumbered. They finally succumbed to Japanese forces in May, 1942, and were taken prisoner. Smithey spent the next three years and four months as prisoners of war in the Philippines and then in Japan.This book is Smithey’s personal account of his capture and his captivity. Sweet Land of Liberty is one man’s story of courage, bravery, endurance, and perseverance. It’s a story of sacrifices Smithey and his fellow soldiers made in return for the freedom Americans enjoy today. Talmadge Smithey retired from the US Navy as a Commander with 32 years of dedicated, faithful service to our Country! To contact the Arthor, Tim Porter to purchase a signed copy:Instagram - @sweetlandofliberty.ww2To purchase a Paperback copy or Kindle at Amazon - https://amzn.to/361gHRI Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.comPlease visit our affiliate links that help support our Podcast. Bear in mind these are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.Flipside Canvas - Owned by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer (USMC). At Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. High quality materials that will last 100+ years. All our art comes stretched and ready to hang on your wall. 100% Made in America using locally sourced and manufactured materials. https://flipsidecanvas.com/?ref=SOSPodcast The Home Depot - Not only for the Do It Yourself building and construction projects, you have access to over two million products ranging from small/large appliances to your everyday needs for the home to camping. Purchase online and pick up in your local Home Depot free of charge or ship it to your home! The sky is the limit on the products offered by the Home Depot!https://homedepot.sjv.io/SOSPodcast Please consider supporting our show - https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Compiled Interviews of POWs Who Returned Home EP07

This Podcast came about after spending the last 4 years researching hundreds of POW/MIAs who died in the notorious prison camps in the Pacific. I have done this by helping MIA families find the other families to convince them to give their DNA in hopes that one day their loved one will be identified. 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - SGT Leonard James McNeill Ep06

SGT Leonard James McNeill - was born 3 November 1917 in Fairview, Prince Edward Island, Canada to parents William and Margaret (Buchanan) McNeill. The family immigrated to Somerville, MA on 19 August 1923 and later SGT McNeill moved to Florida. 

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - PVT Martin Kunik EP04

Buried as an "Unknown" at the Manila American Cemetery - PVT Martin Kunik, served with Company H, 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines at the outbreak of WW2. Martin was captured by the Japanese when General King surrendered the Bataan forces on 9 April 1942. Martin died at the notorious POW Camp Cabanatuan in July 1942. This is Martin's story of being an immigrant to the US, his ultimate sacrifice for our Freedoms and his family's struggle to get Martin identified to be brought home for an honorable burial under a headstone with his own name. His nephew Dr. Frank Kunik Jr. talks about the process and the roadblocks his family has faced in getting Martin identified.Please visit our website for more information about our services to POW/MIA families - https://www.uspowmiafamilylocating.comPlease visit our affiliate links that help support our Podcast. Bear in mind these are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.Flipside Canvas - Owned by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer (USMC). At Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. High quality materials that will last 100+ years. All our art comes stretched and ready to hang on your wall. 100% Made in America using locally sourced and manufactured materials. https://flipsidecanvas.com/?ref=SOSPodcast The Home Depot - Not only for the Do It Yourself building and construction projects, you have access to over two million products ranging from small/large appliances to your everyday needs for the home to camping. Purchase online and pick up in your local Home Depot free of charge or ship it to your home! The sky is the limit on the products offered by the Home Depot! https://homedepot.sjv.io/SOSPodcast Please consider supporting our show - https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating