Episodes

Stories of Sacrifice - Senior Chief SEAL Derrick Van Orden Vietnam MIA Recoveries EP27

Interview with Senior Chief SEAL (Ret) Derrick Van Orden. Derrick was one of the actors in the real SEAL movie Act of Valor. During Derrick's service, he volunteered for missions on DoD POW/MIA Recovery operations from the Vietnam war. Derrick is a...

Stories of Sacrifice American POWMIAs - In Memory of Bob Dumas EP 26

Bob Dumas 3/9/30 - 2/6/21 The POW/MIA community lost one of it’s most fervent activists last week. Bob Dumas dedicated his life to finding his brother, Roger, and in the process became a leader in the search of all American prisoners-of-war and the...

Stories of Sacrifice - SGT Durrell Tidwell Coming Home EP 25

The podcast you are about to hear was a previous interview I did with the niece of SGT Durrell Tidwell early last year. We wanted to update the podcast about Durrell because we are happy to now say the Unknown graves at the Manila American Cemetery...

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - LT Leonard W. Button - Korean War EP 24

LT Leonard Button was a short but sturdy Baptist from Arkansas. The night of May 13, 1953, no doubt required all the strength his faith, Army training and WWII experiences could provide. What happened after that night may have been too much for even the strongest and most faithful man. While landing behind enemy lines in North Korea for a “highly classified intelligence mission,” Button’s mission was discovered. Forced back from the shore by mortar fire, the infiltration boat could only listen to the small arms fire and grenade explosions from Button’s direction. Button, assigned to the 8240th Army Unit (see more below), was soon declared missing in action. The next year, an Army general wrote his family (see document below), saying: “Since your son, First Lieutenant Leonard W. Button…was reported missing in action on 13 May 1953, the Department of the Army has entertained the hope that he survived and that information would be received dispelling the uncertainty regarding his absence. However, as in many cases, no information has been received to clarify his status. …In view of the lapse of time without information to support a continued presumption of survival the Department of the Army must terminate such absence by a presumptive finding of death.” The letter added: “I regret the necessity for this message but hope that the ending of a long period of uncertainty may give at least some small measure of consolation.” What the Army did not tell his family in 1954, and may never have told them, is that Leonard Button was known to have been captured alive on the night of May 13, 1953, along with Koreans on his mission. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - CLASSIFIED LT Nininger & LT David Maynard EP23

Word received the DPAA is being forced by the DoD to disinter the remains X-1130 from Manila American Cemetery after the Nininger family asks that his name be removed from all federal facilities. The DoD reversed course and instructed the DPAA to disinter those remains for identification. Private researchers are certain X-1130 is Nininger. If not they could possibly be LT David Maynard or another 57 Infantry Regiment (PS) officer who died the same day. We examine the classified file associated with this case. 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=405 https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=404 SOS RV Traveling MIA Merch Shop - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/rv-traveling-mia-researcher/ Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ RVTravelingMIAResearcher 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! Flipside Canvas - Owned by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - Season 3 2021 Kickoff EP 22

Thank you for joining us in season 3 of Stories of Sacrifice. We hope everyone had a great Christmas and very merry New Year. Hopefully 2021 will be a better year for all of us and most of all our POW/MIA families for a quick return and identification of their MIA loved ones. After a lot of requests, for 2021 we are expanding the Stories of Sacrifice podcast to include all wars. Many Korea & Vietnam families have reached out along with some retired military that have worked on POW/MIA recovery missions who would like to come on and tell us their story. Our forensic genealogy & Family Reference Sample DNA program will continue for our WW2 MIAs with a goal to exceed our record year in 2020 that resulted in 127 WW2 POW/MIAs that were buried as Unknown in the Manila American Cemetery that had disinterment requests authorized by the DPAA & the DoD. We are looking forward to bringing you those stories as well when the DPAA lab makes each identification & sends these Heroes home to their families. If you haven’t visited the Stories of Sacrifice podcast website, please visit www.storiesofsacrifice.org so you can see pictures of these men we talk about and where you can leave us a voice messages with any questions or comments you might have about the show. We may even play your voice message in the next podcast to answer your questions. If you like there are links on the website where you can rate the show or support our work and that is always appreciated. If you like video podcasts, there is also a link to our YouTube channel. Again, we are looking forward to a great season 3 with heroic stories of our MIAs from all wars told to us by their families. We hope you stay tuned and please consider sharing our podcast with your family & friends! Talk to you again soon! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

Stories of Sacrifice - POW/MIAs - LT Walter A. Kelso Jr EP21

LT Walter A. Kelso Jr. - 19th Bomb Group, US Army Air Corps who fought valiantly in the defense of the Philippines during the outbreak of WW2. He was held in POW camps in the Philippine Islands from May 1942 until his transfer to POW Slave Labor Camps in Japan in December 1944 aboard the infamous “Hell Ships.” How LT Kelso survived the horrendous treatment in the POW Camps in the Philippines and the Hell Ship events during transport to the Japanese Island is astonishing but through all he suffered in 2 years, 9 months and 10 days as a POW, he died at Kokura Military Hospital on 4 February 1945. His remains were returned to the US after the war and he is buried at the Galveston Memorial Park cemetery, Galveston, TX. This is his story of Sacrifice as told to us by his grandson Mark Kelso. Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213 Find our audio podcast, Stories of Sacrifice on your favorite podcast player or visit https://www.storiesofsacrifice.org/ How You Can Help: All money raised goes to support our Podcast and our POW/MIA Family Research where we are directly involved in the repatriation of WW2 POW/MIA's. Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213 Monthly Support - https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating Please visit our affiliate links that help support our Podcast and POW/MIA research. 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. All money earned goes to support our Podcast and support to POW/MIA family research. 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 - Is not only for the Do It Yourself building and construction projects, you have access to over two million products ranging from small appliances to your everyday needs for the home, RV travel to camping. Purchase online and pick up your order at 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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=405 https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=404 SOS RV Traveling MIA Merch Shop - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/rv-traveling-mia-researcher/ Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ RVTravelingMIAResearcher 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! Flipside Canvas - Owned by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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=405 https://lidlaunch.com/Product?id=404 SOS RV Traveling MIA Merch Shop - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/rv-traveling-mia-researcher/ Direct Support - https://paypal.me/JBear213 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ RVTravelingMIAResearcher 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. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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? NPR’s All Things Considered – Grave Science ProPublicia – Failing the Fallen Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ RVTravelingMIAResearcher 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. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Podcast Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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

Nininger Part 5 – Hell Hath No Fury Like a Confused Bureaucrat 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/ Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ RVTravelingMIAResearcher 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. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmr-we_Yp7wogf-4lgmGDTQ 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. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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. https://purpleheartsreunited.org/about-us/ Village Frame Shoppe, makers of all PHR framing to the Veteran's families - They can help you create a custom shadowbox frame that will Honor your Military Hero's service. Your project is treated with respect, and conservation grade materials are used. They would love to help you preserve your treasures for years to come. https://vtframeshop.com/military-framing Other Veteran Owned Business' Zac supports: 14th Star is a veteran-owned Vermont craft brewery on a mission to brew world-class beer while enriching our community. https://www.14thstarbrewing.com/ Danger Close Craft Distilling - Veteran Owned - Veteran Distilled Keep your friends close and your whiskey Danger Close! https://www.dangerclosedistilling.com/ Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmr-we_Yp7wogf-4lgmGDTQ 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. Flipside Canvas, we believe that art offers an opportunity to showcase your commitment to empowering yourself and others. 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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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 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 Please consider supporting our Podcast Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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 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 Please consider supporting our Podcast Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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 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 Please consider supporting our Podcast Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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. Major James J. O’Donovan was the Executive Officer of the 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment. Major O’Donovan led by example on the front lines during the ill-fated defense of the Philippines. Always packing three pistols, he proved to be an inspiring leader to his men and a very aggressive, courageous fighter. He sustained multiple injuries and was hospitalized at least twice. Before the war he served as a Captain in the Army Reserves and was employed full time as instructor of Military Science and Tactics at the La Salle Institute in his hometown of Troy NY. He'd been married 9 years to the love of his life, Evelyn Murray, together they had 5 children. He enjoyed boxing, and writing, but most of his interests were in some way related to his calling in the military. Major James J. O’Donovan died at POW Camp Cabanatuan and was buried in the camp cemetery. After the war his remains were not identified and he was buried as an Unknown at the Manila American Cemetery. In December 2019 an Unknown grave associated with his remains was disinterred and sent to the DPAA Lab in Hawaii for identification. This is his Story of Sacrifice and his children’s mission to have him identified. For more information about Major O'Donovan you can visit his grandson's website - https://sites.google.com/view/major-james-j-odonovan/home?authuser=0 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 Please consider supporting our Podcast - https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)

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 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 Please consider supporting our Podcast - https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/US_POW_MIA_Family_Locating)