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Through the unique intersection of Major League Baseball, the United States Navy and Marine Corps, we recognize and honor those who support our service men and women with the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. By using the Bob Feller story, we educate the youth of today on the lessons of citizenship, service to one’s country, and personal sacrifice in times of great national need. Teaching the legacy of the greatest generation to the next generation will help instill in them the virtue of servic ...
 
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On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we are joined by Admiral Jonathan Greenert. Admiral Greenert was born in Butler, PA in 1953. He attended the United States Naval Academy and went on to become a submariner after his first tour of duty. Admiral Greenert talks about how and why he joined the Navy and at what age he decided to do this. He…
 
On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we are joined by Fleet Master Chief Raymond Kemp, USN (RET). Mr. Kemp currently serves as the CEO of Kemp Solutions, one of the worlds foremost leadership coaching and mentoring organizations of diverse and dynamic employees. In this fast paced episode, Raymond explores his career in uniform as well as…
 
On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we were joined by veteran and former U.S. Army Sergeant Richard Schmidt III. Born and raised in Patten, Maine, Richard joined the Maine Army National Guard following graduation from high school, and deployed to Iraq in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In this interview, Richard describes his motiva…
 
On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we were joined by Ken Falke, the founder and chairman of the Boulder Crest Foundation and the author of “Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.” After serving 21 years as a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community within the U.S. Navy, Ken founded Bould…
 
This week we bring to you another great episode of the American Valor Podcast featuring Retired Rear Admiral Sonny Masso. He brings to us some incredible stories of heroism and valor from a variety of individuals he’s honored during his 32 year career in the Navy and as director of the Naval Historical Foundation. A San Clemente, California native,…
 
We have yet another great episode of the American Valor Podcast featuring retired Rear Admiral and Commanding Officer of the USS Louisville Michael Jabaley. During a 34-year career in the Navy aboard submarines, he learned what it meant to make uncommon valor a common virtue. Admiral Jabaley shares a lot of great stories about his relationships wit…
 
On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we were joined by Luke Epplin, the author of Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball. Born and raised in rural Illinois, Luke took a liking to writing in high school. Upon graduation from Washington University in St. Louis, Luke moved to New York City to work in …
 
On this episode of the American Valor podcast, we were joined by Jon Hancock, a Marine veteran and documentary filmmaker as well as the co-founder and president of the Bastards’ Road Project. Jon Hancock was born in Honolulu but moved all over the world until he ended up moving to Maryland for good. Early on in his life, Jon Hancock realized that h…
 
On this episode of the American Valor Podcast, we were joined by Mr. Grant McCracken, an award-winning cultural anthropologist and author of his new book, The New Honor Code: A Simple Plan For Raising Our Standards and Restoring Our Good Names. Mr. McCracken has been studying American Culture for the last 25 years. In this interview, we talk about …
 
Jim Leeke was born and grew up in the Midwest. He studied journalism at Ohio State University after serving in the U.S. Navy. Jim then began his writing career in daily newspapers as a reporter, columnist and sportswriter. He later worked in communications with technology clients across North America and worldwide. An award-winning author of numero…
 
Stammen grew up and still resides in North Star, Ohio a village about 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Versailles. Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 12th Round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Dayton. In 2012, Stammen took his first trip to Afghanistan to visit military personnel. Stammen's work with the United States Mil…
 
Ms. Justine Siegal, the founder of Baseball for all, speaks about creating a role for women and girls in baseball. She shares her experiences with individuals such as Mike Veeck, Joe Maddon, and Billy Beane. “When she was 13, Justine’s coach told her that girls were only supposed to play softball—not baseball. At that moment, she vowed she’d never …
 
Mr. Eric Kettani served in the Navy for two years after graduating from the US Naval Academy before embarking on a career as a football player in the NFL and fulfilling his service commitment in the Navy Reserves. Kettani shares stories of serving in the Navy and playing football at the professional level for coaches such as Bill Belichick of the N…
 
“Jim Morris is no stranger to big dreams. Since he was five years old, he passionately yearned to play baseball in the major leagues. However, despite all his hard work and determination, a series of unfortunate events and injuries scuttled his career before he was twenty-five. Doctors told him he would never play again. Then at age thirty-five—aft…
 
Ed Dooling shares stories of the USS Iowa turret explosion tragedy and his thoughts on service within the military and business communities. Hosts: Peter Fertig and Galen Odell Vanguard Healthcare Staffing Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Support the show (https://customcoinholders.com/product/walk-of-heroes/)…
 
Thoughts on writing, philosophy, leadership, heroism, and valor. “LTC (Ret) JC Glick is a leadership consultant who advises at the strategic, operational, team and individual levels. He has a strong background in leadership development, executive personnel assessment and selection, strategy, coaching, counseling, and developing innovative solutions…
 
Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Mr. Kenny Lofton shares stories from his seventeen seasons in Major League Baseball, including stealing bases, Omar Visquel, Frank Thomas, Albert Belle, and Bob Feller. Also hear about Mr. Lofton’s endeavors since retiring from baseball in 2007, including producing movies through FilmPool Inc. and starting and suppor…
 
“While serving as an Army platoon leader, [the Life Skills for Soldiers] Founder realized there are far too many soldiers who lack basic life skills causing additional stress and burden on themselves and their families. He began teaching a diverse set of everyday life topics including how to make a budget, how to start investing, and how to meal pl…
 
Billy Hurley III graduated from the United States Naval Academy, where he played golf before becoming a Surface Warfare Officer and professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Hurley speaks of the subtle differences between his good and bad times on the golf course and his lessons learned in his time in the Navy that transitioned to other areas of his lif…
 
Retired Rear Admiral Tom Kearney speaks about his career path from Seaman Recruit to Vice Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the role of submarines in the Navy, his experience setting a submarine record, handling an emergency at sea, and leadership – both externally and internally of a group. “Rear Adm. Thomas Kearney grew up in Dover…
 
The great American and ambassador of baseball Mr. Tommy Lasorda shares insights from his established career with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the American Valor Podcast. Tommy preaches his passion for Dodgers baseball, the military and the United States of America. Mr. Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following his…
 
“At Project9line, our focus is to bridge the communication gap between Veterans and civilians. Through Outreach, Communication, and Purpose we enable veterans to express themselves uniquely through forms of art. There is not enough done to help our Veterans. Statistics show that twenty-two Veterans decide to take their own life every day. At Projec…
 
Ms. Katina Shaw serves as the Vice President of Community Relations for the Milwaukee Brewers. Shaw shares stories of the community engagement activities she leads on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball organization. She encourages students to seek out internships and mentors to help them to develop in their life and career. Ms. Shaw finds tha…
 
Mr. Jon Shestakofsky serves as the Vice President of Communications and Education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Shestakofsky shares his background and pleasure in traveling from Minor League Baseball to World Series Championships in Major League Baseball to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. For Shestakofsky, it is a…
 
Retired Navy Chief Bryan Exum shares the story of marrying during his Navy retirement ceremony and the challenges and rewards of representing over 70,000 sailors, Marines, Department of Navy personnel and family assigned to his global organization. Exum associates valor with courage and values: doing the right thing at all times and following the N…
 
Mr. Jim Folk is the Vice President (VP) of Ballpark Operations for the Cleveland Indians and Chairman of the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation, with a vision of supporting positive civil-military relations by creating and maintaining a strong, meaningful, and direct bond between citizens of northeast Ohio and the crew of USS Cleveland (LCS 31) and a …
 
Enrique Acosta Gonzalez speaks about his background as a meteorologist and enlisted leader in the United States Navy. Mr. Gonzalez refers to selfless leadership with the mindset of helping making people’s lives better and incorporating the personal component of leading others. “Enrique has served as an Executive, Businessman, Veteran & Advocate, Bo…
 
Recently retired Navy Commanding Officer John Laney shares the story of his learning the importance of reading when he was surprised to be asked what he was reading during his command board, finding he did not have a superb answer to the simple question. Laney also speaks to the importance of recognizing how complex systems are in the world. For La…
 
Matt Eisner became the youngest professional blogger on mlb.com at the age of nine years. Mr. Eisner shares his memorable stories of covering baseball at a young age and attending Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation ceremonies honoring those who support our service men and women each November. Hosts: Tyler Buchholz and Colin Kirk Matt’s Bats B…
 
Mr. Brian Clark shares his recollection of working in the World Trade Center for Euro Brokers and his story from above the impact zone of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Clark shares the lessons he has taken towards his own life: living in the present, not dwelling on unanswerable questions, enjoying life to the fullest, making ever…
 
Minor League Baseball player and retired Surface Warfare Officer Luke Gillingham shares his memories of playing baseball at the United States Naval Academy for Coach Paul Kostacopoulos, his recollection of being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, and the options the Navy presented to him as he fulfilled his commitment to serving his country through …
 
Judge Michael Allen speaks about his path to serving as one of nine judges on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the youngest federal court, created in 1988. Appeals of all benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs are heard by the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Judge Allen speaks about the family membe…
 
Retired Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning speaks about the opportunities presented by the military for individuals to improve themselves while serving one’s country and receiving an education. It is vital to our country that the military is on the leading edge of technology and human capital development. Chief Benning speaks about the sacrifices peo…
 
Ms. Charlynda Scales speaks of her time as an acquisitions officer in the United States Air Force, the bond she shared with her grandfather Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr., who encouraged Charlynda to pursue a career in the military and left her with his recipe. Today, Charlynda leads Mutt’s Sauce, with “every bottle of Mutt’s Sauce made with love and …
 
“Retiring after 21 years of active service in the United States Navy, Alan Bottorff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration – Healthcare Management from Strayer University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his MBA at Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business in December 2018. Mr. Bottorff has acquired 27 years of professional lea…
 
Over 20 veterans take their lives each day, evidence of a suicide epidemic within our country, a problem specifically prevalent within the veteran community. The Suicide Awareness and Prevention flag is a symbolic combination of the Prisoner of War (POW) and Gold Star flags. The Gold Star is displayed on a service flag to indicate that a relative o…
 
Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Terry Spain speaks about his leadership philosophy, lessons learned in his life from family and military service, what it means to be a Chief Petty Officer in the world’s finest Navy, and writing his new book, Just Lead! “Terry Spain is an author and CEO of Terry Spain Consulting LLC, which specializes in diversity …
 
Rear Admiral Frank Thorp speaks about his family’s longstanding service, within and outside of the military. He speaks about the principle of America’s service men and women serving and defending our Constitution, representing freedom and people’s desire to fight for it and give up what they have, as embodied by Bob Feller. Rear Admiral Thorp speak…
 
Captain Greg Zettler speaks about lessons of integrity as a priority of his education at the United States Naval Academy. Captain Zettler speaks about the significance of service and recommends one assumes that everyone on their team has noble intent. Captain Zettler stresses the importance of creating individual ownership of the collective mission…
 
Mr. Buster Olney shares his upbringing around the game of baseball, his career as a sports columnist covering the game, Hall of Fame voting and personal memories and stories from baseball legends Tony Gwynn and Jerry Coleman, including Gwynn’s gregarious personality and Coleman’s humility towards his service and respect for his comrades who did not…
 
Dr. Himesh Lakhlani speaks about lessons learned from the difficult situations his parents lived through. His parents taught him hard work, commitment, humility, and the value of family. Himesh is passionate about providing awareness to individuals who do not have a family history of pursuing higher education. Himesh defines valor as standing up fo…
 
Mr. Ed Randall speaks about his love of baseball while growing up, leading him to broadcast, report, and anchor professionally. He speaks about the challenges of reaching Major League Baseball, being grateful for his experiences and respecting the past. Mr. Randall shares his memory of making it to the Major Leagues when he filled in for Bob Shephe…
 
"Baseball saw some of its biggest transformations in the 1940s and 50s. The introduction of night games, television, racial desegregation, and prevalence of jet travel all had a profound impact on how the game was forever played, observed, and experienced. Through these unprecedented times stood Carl Erskine, famed pitcher of the Brooklyn and Los A…
 
We are very fortunate to feature Mrs. Anne Feller, the widow of Mr. Bob Feller. Mrs. Feller shares incredible stories of Mr. Feller's recollection of his experiences in World War II and pride in his country, sharing insight into what made individuals like Mr. Feller and World War II and Korean War veteran Mr. Ted Williams so special. Afterwards, he…
 
On the American Valor Podcast, Sports Journalist Lindsay Berra speaks about her career decision and experience covering sports at the highest levels. She talks about lessons learned from her grandfather Yogi, one of the greatest baseball catchers of all time: humility, integrity, citizenship, treating all people equally, and many more. One special …
 
Author Anne Keene began her career as a writer after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. Anne’s father was a batboy for the Cloudbuster Nine, a World War II team of fighter-pilot cadets at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After her father’s passin…
 
On the twentieth episode of the American Valor Podcast, we are honored to be joined by the 75th Secretary of the Navy: the Honorable Ray Mabus. "Mr. Mabus served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy, the longest to serve as leader of the Navy and Marine Corps since World War I. Throughout his tenure, Secretary Mabus has focused on four k…
 
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