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Join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for a replay of Military Monday with guest, Zenith Press author Robert Girardi at 1 p.m. Eastern.
In the U.S. Military, there is no more revered or respected award for service than the Medal of Honor. Given only to service members who have exhibited the quality of going, "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty," the Medal of Honor represents the pinnacle of America's appreciation for military service in combat. Since being created 150 years ago during the American Civil War, the Medal of Honor has evolved a great deal. At one time it was awarded to whole Union regiments for mass re-enlistments. Today however, a successful Medal of Honor award is a long and complex procedure, which not only looks at the individual act of valor being considered, but also the entire previous life and military career of the candidate. This is how carefully protected and held, the Medal of Honor has become.
To learn more about the Medal of Honor and its evolution, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on @Writrstream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be author Robert George, part of the team assembled by Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) and the Boston Publishing Company (@TheVietnamExp) to develop their new book, THE MEDAL OF HONOR. Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, this book is a "must have" for any serious scholar or person interested in the Medal of Honor, its history, and the men who have earned the right to wear it. Listeners are encouraged to call in, and often both questions and opinions in what will be an hour devoted to the men who have gone, "… Above and Beyond the Call of Duty."
Though America cannot claim credit for the invention of cartoons and other storytelling graphics, there can be little question that the art form today has its home solidly within the borders and culture of the United States. The editorial cartoons of English newspapers and magazines were quickly adopted by the American colonies, and thanks to Benjamin Franklin and other publishers, took on a distinctly Continental flavor. And throughout the many wars fought during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, cartoons grew in both sophistication and quality. But it was the development of comic books in the decade before World War II, that created a new medium of illustrated storytelling which became a distinctly American art form. Superheroes like Superman and Captain Marvel came into being, and the idea of visual storytelling became a mainstay in American media for young people. And when America went to war in 1941, comic books and their characters went to war too. In fact, comic books, their characters, and subsidiary media products (movies, etc.) provided an excellent medium to reach out to the very demographic that had to be recruited to fight World War II
To learn more about the role of comic books, cartoons, and other visual storytelling media in wartime, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern.'s guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) the author Cord Scott, who has written COMICS AND CONFLICT, a history of comics and their use as wartime propaganda tools. And together they will explain the role of illustrated storytelling in politics and propaganda through the ages. Prepare for a entertaining and informative hour, talking about the nature of media messaging and power of visual storytelling.
Synergy is when the confluence of people, events, and places combine to create extraordinary things and results. And in the history of the U.S. Army, there is no greater example of synergy than the West Point Class of 1915. Known as, "The Class the Stars Fell On," the class of 1915 produced 59 general officers and a President of the United States out of just 164 graduates. Graduating just as America was becoming involved in World War I, the class of 1915 showed its talents and metal early, and also suffered the first of a number of combat casualties. And while most of the class languished through much of the interwar period as field grade staff officers, the coming of World War II made them into the leaders that won the greatest conflict in history. These included general's like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, James Van Fleet, and Joseph McNarney. And when World War II ended, the class of 1915 became the Army leaders that led America into the Cold War, and Korea. Never before in the history of West Point had such a group of young officers been assembled, and it has not occurred since.
To learn more about the West Point Class of 1915, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) author Michael Haskew, the writer of The Class of 1915. Haskew has researched the entire West Point 1915 graduating class, including those who did not become general officers. This edition of Military Monday will be a fascinating hour looking at one of the greatest collections of Army leadership, at both the beginning of their careers and at their apex in the crucible of World War II. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer their questions/opinions to both gentlemen.
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, American fighting men and women have been fighting wars in faraway lands, and suffering the injuries of this new century's signature weaponry, IED's and RPG's. These weapons, among others, have been the source of an emerging long-term chronic symptom among our combat veterans: pain. Chronic pain is among the most common of ailments among our recent combat veterans, and is normally treated through use of pain medications, with all of their debilitating side effects. But a number of cases, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been allowing veterans the option of taking advantage of a new form of therapy: Alternative Medicine.
Alternative medical treatments, such as yoga, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic, have been responsible for a number of well-documented and effective treatments for the pain of our vets and their families, and is growing in prominence among those served by TriCare and VA. This bold and unconventional move by veterans and military medicine is a sign of emerging respect for nontraditional medical treatments, which is growing among veterans and their families in popularity.
To learn more how alternative medical treatments are changing the treatment of veterans, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest will be Dr. Tania Howard, a prominent chiropractor based in Annapolis Maryland, who has treated a number of veterans and their families. Together they will discuss chiropractic and other alternative medical treatments for veterans, and provide some insights into the value of such treatments. Listeners are encouraged to call-in and offer questions and comments should they desire, in an hour of therapy and healing for all.
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As America prepares for unilateral air and missile strikes against targets in Syria, and the Congress continues their war powers debate about the authorization for the strikes, questions continue to be asked by the public about what the strikes will consist of, and are designed to do. What kinds of weapons will be U.S. Military use against Syria, and what kinds of targets will be struck? Will American ships, aircraft, and personnel be at risk while conducting the strikes? And just what effects do U.S. planners expect to inflict upon the Syrians, should the strikes be conducted?
To better understand these and other questions about the upcoming strikes on Syria, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be best-selling author/novelist and award-winning game designer, Larry Bond. Mr. Bond, whose Harpoon™ game system is widely used by government agencies and hobbyists to model modern naval combat, has long studied the systems and actions that go into modern warfare, and will provide listeners with understanding of what will be ahead in the weeks and months to follow. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments for Mr. Gresham and Mr. Bond, in what will surely be a lively show.
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Today, the United States has the finest and most capable collection of Special Operations Force (SOF) units in the world. But few Americans realize the modest start the U.S. SOF had during the Revolutionary War. One of the key personalities in America's budding SOF community was a South Carolina militia commander named Francis Marion. Called the "Swamp Fox" by both friends and foe, Merion was one of the pioneers of American guerrilla warfare, and a scourge on the British forces in the Carolinas. Along the way, the “Swamp Fox” became a legend in his own time, and a household name across the colonies.
To learn more about Francis Marion and his style of war, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press author Col. Scott Aiken, USMC, who will talk about France's Marion and his new book, The Swamp Fox. Please join us for what promises to be an intriguing show, and call in if you'd like to talk to the author and Mr. Gresham.
The role of soldier-scholar has long been a respected position in military forces around the world. They are a rare breed of warrior, combining the savvy of an experienced military officer with the intellect of a respected academic. One of the least known, albeit most effective such men, was Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, USA. A graduate of West Point and Princeton, “Andy” Goodpaster nearly had his career ended by a severe combat wound in World War II. However, thanks to the vision of an observant senior officer, Gen. Goodpaster became the primary military advisor to Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, eventually becoming Supreme Commander to NATO, along with a tour as Superintendent of U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
To learn more about this intriguing soldier-scholar, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press author and biographer Robert S. Jordan, author of AN UNSUNG SOLDIER. Together they will try and shed some light onto the life and career of this impressive military mind and personality, and give listeners some sense of his vast influence on Cold War strategy and events. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and comments, and help explore a great American life.
In the decade since the Allied invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, most Americans forget that it was a war that was dominated, and in many ways won, by airpower. And not that demonstrated by the nighttime “Shock and Awe" bombings of Baghdad, or the hunting of the “Deck of Cards,” but by an integrated application of airpower across the full spectrum of operations by Allied forces. From the attempted assassination strikes against Iraqi leadership targets (like Saddam Hussein and his sons), to the delivery and support of Special Operations Forces (SOFs) hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, Allied airpower forces made the rapid advance to Baghdad possible.
Amazingly, very little has been written regarding Allied air power operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, leading to the possibility of important lessons being lost to the passage of time. One of the few genuine airpower experts who has taken the time to break down the contribution of airpower to Operation Iraqi Freedom has been Benjamin S. Lambeth, who has previously written on earlier conflicts in which airpower has been a major contributor. His new book, THE UNSEEN WAR, published by U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks), goes a long way towards explaining the unique contributions of airpower towards victory in Iraq in 2003, and provides a look at what might be possible in future operations
Join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern time, s he hosts Mr. Lambeth, for an hour which will take us back a decade, to the uncertain days of March and April, 2003. Listeners are encouraged to call in and ask Mr. Gresham and/or Mr. Lambeth questions, along with adding their own opinions to the discussion. Please join us for what will certainly be an informative and interesting hour of Internet radio.
Missed last week's Military Monday with historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham and guest, author Martin K.A. Morgan? Then tune in on Memorial Day Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern for a special rebroadcast. Don't worry -- John will be back the following week with yet another fascinating guest and topic!
God bless our US Military as we remember their sacrifices made for our freedom this Memorial Day.
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