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Ex-British Paratrooper and history fanatic Bruce Crompton is on a mission and he believes the amazing deeds of forgotten war heroes can help him. Due to the ongoing pandemic, museums all around the world are in danger of closing. If that happens the history contained within them will be lost from the public forever. In this series, inspired by unique museum items and personal artefacts, Bruce narrates incredible tales from the Second World War. He hopes that by telling these true stories, re ...
 
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We're back! Since this is our first episode of 2023, we pause for a moment to reflect on the last year and give a shout-out to all the folks who make this podcast what it is! Thanks, everyone! We're also excited to have friend-of-the-show, Michael Shanks, co-host this episode! Michael holds the distinction of being The Digression Podcast's very fir…
 
Alisa Espinoza, University Development Counselor, Military Division with Grand Canyon University-The rigorous demands of the military, including long hours, irregular schedules, and frequent relocation, can make earning a degree difficult. GCU is dedicated to the educational goals of military professionals, DOD personnel, and their families. Get Co…
 
The men and women who serve our Nation deserve our support - Today, Tomorrow, Always.Visit VANC today at https://www.vanc.me/ This was recorded on December 5th, 2022 at the 1st Monday meeting. Canine Support Teams is excited to announce they have once again received a federal grant that allows providing service dogs for veterans with disabilities a…
 
As North County Mission Representative for the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM), Quinton Hufferd is responsible for engaging with community members, local government leaders, volunteers, and supporters of SDRM throughout North County San Diego. Quinton joined the Rescue Mission in March 2022 to build a movement of support for North County expansion …
 
Christmas has always been an important holiday in the U.S., but it took on a special meaning during World War II (1941-45) because so many families had loved ones serving in the armed forces that they were not able to return home for Christmas. Although the Second World War did not have holidays, Americans both at home and overseas did everything t…
 
California Work For Warriors assist Veterans, reservist, and their family members in finding meaningful employment. They do this by partnering with Companies throughout California to link candidates and the company together. Chuck CallahanVeterans Staffing Consultant Work for Warriors916-854-4426https://workforwarriors.org/…
 
Boy, it sure would have been nice to hear this man's voice in our aviation headsets. At least we got to hear him on TV for more than 3 decades. Enjoy this weeks early release of LTJG Bob Barker. There's also a surprise celebrity at the end. Spoiler alert, don't click on any references below :) Feeling Generous? Donate today to help keep the show go…
 
Recorded at the monthly 1st Monday meeting on November 7th, 2022. Bob Bourdette - Regional Manager Advocate Health Advisors. They are a Veteran owned and operated company, they founded their company because they saw too many of our Seniors and fellow Veterans struggling with the complexity of both Medicare and VA benefits. They complement VA benefi…
 
The spy satellite photos created real panic in the Pentagon! An enormous Soviet airplane–probably an interceptor–with engine intakes the size of small cars. The wings were huge, which suggested it had maneuverability far beyond anything America’s McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II could achieve. The Pentagon was looking at the prototypes of what woul…
 
Recorded at the monthly 1st Monday meeting on November 7th, 2022. Joshua "Jay" Baptist - Wave Neuroscience Veteran Coordinator - Do you or anyone you know suffer from brain fog after waking? Do you find yourself reading the same thing multiple times but still cannot seem to comprehend the information? Do you have trouble with memory, headaches, or …
 
Recorded at the monthly 1st Monday meeting on November 7th, 2022. Jim Reiser, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Bereavement Coordinator of Hospice of the North Coast (HNC). At the Hope Bereavement Center of HNC, their goal is to support the bereaved so they are enriched by the grieving process. Jim shared about their free bereavement and l…
 
Join me not only for the return of the show, but for my Grandfathers return to the Reno Air Races after over 41 years. During this episode, we not only experience some great racing, but we were graced with learning about a wonderful man and airmen, Lt. Col. Robert Friend. LINKS and REFERENCES Feeling Generous? Donate today to help keep the show goi…
 
IN THE NEWS: YouTube censors TDP; Family sues Army over Fort Hood daughter's death; Bonnie Dick sailor acquitted; Maveric's Dark Star steals the show at Edwards; Ukraine meme war; Elon Musk wants DoD to pay for Starlink in Ukraine; Mad cow military can give blood; Selective service says biological men are men; Space Force has a Hanna-Barbera song; …
 
Revisiting the fateful day that changed the course of Sergeant Major Charles Morris’ life. On June 29, 1966, while on a search-and-destroy mission in Xuan Loc, South Vietnam, Sergeant Morris came within 20 feet of a Viet Cong machine gunner and was shot in the chest. He returned fire and took out the machine gun nest as the platoon came under heavy…
 
In the Autumn of 1944, as the allies pushed through Germany, the Nazis hatched a plan to establish active forces behind enemy lines. It was called Operation Werewolf. Operation Werewolf was led by Heinrich Himmler and Hans-Adolf Prützmann. The original plan was to create elite groups of guerrilla fighters to harass enemy forces just as the Allies C…
 
IN THE NEWS with guest co-host Christof Ambrosch! VA makes PACT Act conditions presumptive and accepting claims; Ukraine's Zelensky talks war with Jimmy Fallon; While the parliament gives themselves a 70% raise; Pentagon OKs Novavax for COVID19, Civilian Protection Center of Excellence and limiting war casualties; Space is not new; Space Flag and o…
 
Among the basic distinctions in warfare is the difference between tactics and strategy. Tactics deal with the form of individual engagement, while strategy deals with its use. So, tactics are the operational techniques military units employ to win battles. Strategy addresses the broader political objectives for which a war is fought and the ends, w…
 
In this special episode, we're discussing General Milley's resignation letter to the President that he never sent, deciding instead to work against the Commander-in-Chief from the inside. Military members have a duty to be loyal to the service and the officers appointed over them. Military officers can be punished under the Uniformed Code of Milita…
 
IN THE NEWS: RIP CMSAF #6 James McCoy, Nichelle Nicols, and Vin Scully; Ukraine economy tanking; Pentagon phone wiping; No national guard for Bowser; Space Force ‘ambassadors’; Air Force ‘family friendly’ drag show; Martin-Baker hardcore mode; Woke West Point; Bonhomme Richard discipline and another fire; Marine justice; Relief for burn pit vets; G…
 
This is John Biethan, a friend of VANC. In March 2022 I encouraged Chuck Atkinson, the President of VANC, and Lori Boody, Executive Director, to have a conversation and share the stories of their early years working together, back then, and today now. To hear Chuck's story, visit Ep.12, Don’t Ever Tell Chuck Atkinson No. Get Connected Discover more…
 
The US Civil War was America’s bloodiest and most costly conflict. Although the battlefields were covered with death, the field hospitals were perhaps the most frightening places. From the echoing screams of men undergoing amputations to the inexperienced doctors and lack of medical knowledge, many believed it was better to die on the field than to…
 
IN THE NEWS: Navy targets pronouns while China launches new carrier; Turns out West Point is teaching woke; Rep Matt Gaetz fighting DEI in the military; Woke military struggles with recruiting; Congress tells Space Force to slow down; Air Force "leaders" discourage gender-specific pronouns in award citations; Competition to replace the Army's Bradl…
 
By now, just about everyone has seen Tom Cruise’s blockbuster movie, “Top Gun: Maverick”...so why are we talking about it? Well, for one thing, it’s “us,” and another is it’s a damn good movie! So if you’re one of the few who have not seen this movie and you’re worried about spoilers in this podcast, let me assure you, we’re going to spoil the hell…
 
IN THE NEWS: Fast-mover, Slow-mover collision story; Ukraine a stalemate? So why are we fighting; GI Jab lawsuit; The real home-grown terrorists; Space Force is just misunderstood; Space Force is LIT; Air Force changes Would make General Olds smile; Navy approves beards for sailors…sort of; Army basing challenges; Marine Pride!; VA hospital dithers…
 
We all know The Red Baron as Snoopy's unseen arch-enemy who shot his Sopwith Camel doghouse out of the sky untold times in the Peanuts cartoons. But the actual man was so much more than the caricature painted by Charles Schultz! Although Baron Manfred von Richthofen was only involved in World War I's air war for 18 months, seated in his blazing red…
 
IN THE NEWS: Welcome to the Bud Abbott edition of The Digression Podcast; Space Force HQ finally has a home; USS George Washington moving sailors off the ship; More money for Ukraine and cracks in EU resolve; Milley worries about medics; Space Force National Guard fixes bureaucracy with more bureaucracy; So long to the REAL Space Force; What happen…
 
Major Donald Townsend experienced some of the most extraordinary events in British history. In My Road to Mandalay, author David Townsend recounts his father's adventures fighting with the "Forgotten Army" in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. David expertly choreographs this story through a collection of more than 500 letters his f…
 
IN THE NEWS: Back from vacation; Spotify drops Obamas’; Russia wants a land bridge to Crimea; Biden pours more money into Ukraine–where’s it going?; Unethical PsyOps with Ukraine and Clearview AI; Space Force goes solo at basic training; Air Force Safe Spaces; Land navigation coming back to the Army; What’s going on aboard the USS George Washington…
 
The Digression Podcast Guys are taking some much-needed time off, so climb aboard the Wayback Machine as we revisit one of our favorite episodes from the early days: Recovering the Kee Bird (episode #8 from 8/25/2019). In addition to a cleaned-up replay of the original episode, we share some additional news and insight about the Kee Bird crash and …
 
IN THE NEWS: The Russians carve out Donbas; Did we bring the Taliban here?; The biggest troop surge in Europe since 2005; DoD covid policies are affecting readiness; Russia wages war while the U.S. trains on gender identify; A new digital fitness program for Space Force; Our thoughts on Okie AG F-16 crash; ‘Pentagon Wars’ flashback with Army’s new …
 
In the autumn of 1944, the U.S. landed on Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands of the western Pacific. Some 28,000 Marines and soldiers hit the tiny island and immediately faced stiff resistance from the Japanese. The brutal, difficult battle lasted more than two months. The island garrison put up a particularly tough defense along a cave-pocketed mas…
 
The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center is the inspiration of veteran Chuck Atkinson. As a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #146, his dream, initially, was to locate a place where his American Legion Post could meet on a regular basis. However, he had long felt that the North County area lacked a cohesive mechanism for pr…
 
IN THE NEWS: Early thoughts on Ukraine; Feel-good story of the day; Seems we did leave a helicopter behind; DoD claims data glitch in vax reporting; 6-million man-hours gone woke; Kabul commander whines; The REAL Space Force is live; The other Space Force wants to pick-up garbage; Lucifer's Chariot laid to rest; Army points finger at Biden; Biden p…
 
Bill Mauldin once said that the infantryman “gives more and gets less than anybody else.” He knew this from his experience on the front lines during the invasion of Sicily and the Allied campaign up the boot of Italy. The talented cartoonist succeeded in ruffling the feathers of the “brass” all the way up to General George Patton. In a time when Am…
 
IN THE NEWS: Covid misinformation; Pentagon spox refutes woke military claims by explaining how woke they are; Leaked docs prove Biden's Afghanistan failure; Special Forces take out new ISIS leader; Vax injuries skyrocket after military vax mandate; The REAL Space Force is back!; Congress turns down Space National Guard...again!; If that's not bad …
 
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the famed "Desert Fox,' was a German officer and reputed to be Hitler's favorite general. At the outbreak of World War II, Rommel was given command of the troops that guarded Hitler’s headquarters, which was a disappointment for a man used to fighting on the front lines with the infantry. But in early 1940, he was given…
 
IN THE NEWS: RIP Betty White (and it’s not our fault); Reflecting on our podcast; Biggest military stories of 2021 review, including the January 6th Capitol Riot; The botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan; The Accountable Marine; Russian buildup on the Ukraine border; Extremism and CRT in the military; New Tricare charges; Army vet scams the VA;…
 
By December 1914 the reality of trench warfare quickly settled in. Heavy rain soaked both the trenches and the “No Man’s Land” that separated them. For those on the Western Front, daily life was miserable, but it was a misery that was shared by enemies who were, in some places, separated by only 50 yards. By Christmas Eve, a tenuous truce slowly st…
 
Today VANC’s Executive Director, Lori Boody, and John Sanders from the Sanders Tech-Ed Foundation chat about the history of VANC and all the ways it serves active-duty military, veterans, and their families, and how the organization is positively impacting the community through its certification courses, resources, events, and more. Get Connected D…
 
When it comes to the military lexicon, there is a certain language that has many civilians thinking they're listening to a foreign tongue. Well, they are. Not "foreign" as in another nation's language, but foreign as in another culture. Although many military words and expressions do indeed have foreign language roots (the history and etymology of …
 
Thousands of pilots flew The Hump during the war. Robert Lineberger walked it. LINKS and REFERENCES Feeling Generous? Donate today to help keep the show going! Donate Through Venmo Donate Through PayPal Receive BONUS EPISODES Through PATREON!!!!!!!! Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com Lincoln-Times News - Pilot Lineberger Flew the Hump in WWII - By Wi…
 
Click here to learn more about VANC. Much can be learned from history, particularly military history. Artifacts carry stories of trials and triumphs that encourage, educate, and embolden those who are willing to learn from them. Through its engaging exhibits and its collection of historical Marine Corps’ aircraft, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Mu…
 
In the summer of 1942, Adolf Hitler sent two four-man teams to America to blow up railroad bridges, power plants, and tunnels, to paralyze industrial facilities vital to the American war effort, and to demoralize the American civilian population. It was considered one of the most daring sabotage plans in history. But it turned out to be a major hea…
 
Learn more about VANC here. Without a doubt, homelessness is prevalent in the San Diego area. One of the populations that is most significantly affected by homelessness is the veteran community. Kelly Luisi, the founder of the Homeless Veterans of San Diego, is working to change that. Kelly Luisi has always been passionate about helping veterans an…
 
Jay Zeamer and crew fly Old 666 on a recon mission in the Pacific, and end up being the most highly-decorated air crew of WW2. LINKS and REFERENCES Feeling Generous? Donate today to help keep the show going! Donate Through Venmo Donate Through PayPal Receive BONUS EPISODES through PATREON!!!!!!!! Email Me: dan@talesfromabove.com Pacificwrecks.com -…
 
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