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American Veterans Center "Guarding the Legacy and Honoring the Sacrifice" of American heroes from across the generations.
The mission of the AVC is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of all American veterans. Through oral history preservation, educational programs and civic events, we preserve the stories – and lessons – of veterans past and present, from which future generations can learn. A project of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the American Veterans Center and World War II Veterans Committee have worked to preserve the legacy of our veterans and military personnel for more than 20 years. In that time, the AVC has grown to join our nation’s elite institutions in preserving our shared military history and passing it on to future generations. The AVC is also the home to Emmy-winning television and multimedia programming sharing the stories of those who have served.
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Check out this great interview with Col Karen Lloyd, who is the Director of the Veterans History Project at The Library ...
05/12/2020
Veterans History Project Radio Tour - 3 Roads Communications

Check out this great interview with Col Karen Lloyd, who is the Director of the Veterans History Project at The Library of Congress, which seeks to inform the public about how they can access and be a part of their #veteran collection this #MemorialDay season.

Listen and #SHARE!

https://3roads.com/press-kits/veterans-history-project-radio-tour/

Veterans History Project Radio Tour Karen Lloyd Interview To download the interview, please click here. The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) is seeking to inform the public about how they can access and be a part of their veteran collection this Memorial Day season. The Veterans Hi...

A soldier assigned to The Old Guard renders honors last month during the funeral for retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj....
05/12/2020

A soldier assigned to The Old Guard renders honors last month during the funeral for retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Belch in Arlington National Cemetery. Old Guard soldiers are wearing facemasks to mitigate the spread of #COVID19 while executing the memorial affairs.

05/11/2020
Jerry Stiller, veteran comic and Ben's father, has died at 92

Long before he invented the holiday of 'Festivus' or brought us 'Serenity now!,' Jerry Stiller served in the United States Army during and after World War II. A legend of comedy, who brought laughs to a great many of us. Rest In Peace.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jerry-stiller-dies-age-92-comedian-seinfeld/

Actor announced his dad's death on Twitter. Jerry played Arthur on the long-running sitcom "King of Queens" and Frank Costanza on "Seinfeld."

A great story out of California: “Antioch Woman Who Served in World War II Gets Rolling Thunder Surprise on 100th Birthd...
05/11/2020
Coronavirus Update: Antioch Woman Who Served in World War II Gets Rolling Thunder Surprise on 100th Birthday

A great story out of California: “Antioch Woman Who Served in World War II Gets Rolling Thunder Surprise on 100th Birthday,” reports KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area. Happy birthday, Teresa! https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/05/02/antioch-centenarian-woman-veteran-motorcycle-driveby-birthday/

An Antioch woman celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday with a drive-by party of her relatives and an extended family of veterans riding Harleys.

Seventy-five years ago today, their mission in Europe was fulfilled.May God Bless our World War II generation.
05/08/2020

Seventy-five years ago today, their mission in Europe was fulfilled.

May God Bless our World War II generation.

We encourage you to check out The United States Army Field Band's upcoming performances on ArmyFieldBand.com. Check out ...
05/07/2020

We encourage you to check out The United States Army Field Band's upcoming performances on ArmyFieldBand.com.

Check out their schedule, below! #USArmyBand

05/06/2020
Episode 179: Victory in Europe

By May of 1945 America and its allied forces had finally won the war in Europe. It became official on May 7, when the German delegation signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces. Listen to this week in #WWII History, here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsLvreblVIQ

By May of 1945 America and its allied forces had finally won the war in Europe. On may 7th it became official when the German delegation signed the unconditi...

This is a big week in US Military and World War II history: “Radio Broadcasts from the days leading up to V-E Day gives ...
05/04/2020
On the Airwaves: Victory in Europe | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

This is a big week in US Military and World War II history:

“Radio Broadcasts from the days leading up to V-E Day gives a fascinating insight into thoughts, concerns, and celebrations as the war in Europe came to an end.”

Read and #SHARE this great piece by The National WWII Museum.

https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/victory-in-europe-radio

Radio Broadcasts from the days leading up to V-E Day give a fascinating insight into thoughts, concerns, and celebrations as the war in Europe came to an end.

05/04/2020
Lt. General H.R. McMaster (Full Interview)

In trying times, strong leadership is important. Our #HeroOfTheDay is Lt. General H.R. McMaster, author of the critically acclaimed book, 'Dereliction of Duty', and a recipient of the Silver Star for his actions in the #GulfWar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLlPTb8OgPA

A graduate of the United States Military Academy, LTG H.R. McMaster received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hi...

Another #WWII veteran survives the #coronavirus. Albert Chambers, who turns 100 in July, has been given a guard of honor...
05/01/2020
99-year-old WWII veteran who survived coronavirus gets guard of honor from nurses

Another #WWII veteran survives the #coronavirus. Albert Chambers, who turns 100 in July, has been given a guard of honor by nurses as he was discharged from hospital, reports CNN.

#LIKE and #SHARE the good news.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/uk/war-veteran-survives-coronavirus-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

Albert Chambers, 99, was given a guard of honor by nurses as he was discharged from hospital in Doncaster, northern England.

04/30/2020
George Walsh, World War II Veteran (Full Interview)

ICYMI, George Walsh, who was among the last surviving U.S. Navy dive bomber pilots from #WWII died peacefully a few months ago. We had the honor of interviewing him in 2017. Please watch and #SHARE! #VeteransChronicles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xQSt_93gWo&feature=youtu.be

A dive bomber pilot during World War II, George Walsh flew missions in the SB2C Helldiver. He flew with ADM Halsey's Task Force 38 from carrier Ticonderoga a...

04/29/2020
Alan Lukens, World War II Veteran, Part I (Full Interview)

Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of #Dachau. In honor of this, watch our interview with #WWII vet Alan Lukens of the 20th Armored Division. Lukens saw combat towards the end of the war in the European Theater. While en route to Munich, he and his men came across a Concentration Camp in Dachau, Germany, which they helped liberate - an experience he recalls in this compelling video.

#WWII75 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhczzVDihfE

Alan Lukens, World War II veteran of the 20th Armored Division, saw combat towards the end of the war in the European Theater. While en route to Munich, Luke...

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds gave a #salute today to healthcare workers and others on the fr...
04/28/2020
Blue Angels and Thunderbirds to honor coronavirus responders with flyovers

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds gave a #salute today to healthcare workers and others on the front lines in the fight against the #coronavirus, reports NBC News. #StrongTogether

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/blue-angels-thunderbirds-honor-coronavirus-responders-flyovers-n1194156
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/blue-angels-thunderbirds-honor-coronavirus-responders-flyovers-n1194156

The flyovers begin at noon and will take place in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Born in Alabama, Joe Rodgers lied about his age to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the weeks after the Japanese attack on ...
04/27/2020
Col. Joe Rodgers, USMC, World War II, Iwo Jima

Born in Alabama, Joe Rodgers lied about his age to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Training for most of 1942, Rodgers first saw combat at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1943. Later, he fought at Saipan and Iwo Jima.

In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Col. Rodgers describes his first combat experience and takes us into the Battle of Iwo Jima in great detail. He describes being pinned down on the beach, being a runner in a deadly area, the brotherhood among Marines, and both the stubborn resistance and the greatest weakness of Japanese soldiers.

Don't miss this engaging oral history from USMC veteran Joe Rodgers.

Born in Alabama, Joe Rodgers lied about his age to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Training for most of 1942, Rodgers first saw combat at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1943. Later, he fought at Saipan and Iwo Jima. In this edition of "Veteran...

"During WWII, some US paratroopers donned mohawks in an attempt to scare the German forces. Guy Whidden, a 96-year-old w...
04/27/2020
World War II vet, 96, gets home-cut mohawk amid coronavirus lockdown

"During WWII, some US paratroopers donned mohawks in an attempt to scare the German forces. Guy Whidden, a 96-year-old who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, shaved his mohawk the night before the landings. This month, he decided to bring the look back."

Read and #SHARE!

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-world-war-ii-veteran-mohawk-20200419-hfm455r3lrc37bxz4gdomem62e-story.html

Guy Whidden, a 96-year-old who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, shaved his mohawk the night before the landings. This month, he decided to bring the look back.

04/22/2020

This week in #WWII history, Harry S. Truman becomes President of the United States and vows to maintain his predecessor's commitment that the U.S. would continue to fight Germany and Japan. Listen and #SHARE. #WWII75 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtvRbzCGyis

04/21/2020
Robert Shumaker, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (Full Interview)

Robert Harper Shumaker -- a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who went on to become a rear admiral and naval aviator in the U.S. Navy -- is best known for his resilience during his time as a prisoner in the Vietnam War. On February 11, 1965 he was shot down and captured in North Vietnam where he remained a prisoner for 8 years. After returning home to his family and country, he continued to serve in the Navy until he retired in 1988.

LIKE and #SHARE to thank Rear Admiral Shumaker for his Service! #Salute #ThankYou

https://youtu.be/kjd3imnX1js

Robert Harper Shumaker is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who went on to become a rear admiral and naval aviator in the United States Navy. He ...

"Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, a #MedalOfHonor recipient and Special Forces legend through three tours i...
04/20/2020
Medal of Honor Recipient Bennie Adkins Dies of Coronavirus at 86

"Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, a #MedalOfHonor recipient and Special Forces legend through three tours in Vietnam, died Friday at age 86 after a 23-day last battle against coronavirus." RIP to this American Hero! #Salute #Veterans https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/17/medal-honor-recipient-bennie-adkins-dies-coronavirus-86.html/amp Military.com

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, a Medal of Honor recipient and Special Forces legend, passed away on Friday.

04/18/2020
Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, The Last Doolittle Raider

In honor of the 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, watch our interview with the legendary Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, who took part in the historic air operation.

"Wars [are] a very dangerous time for our country," says Lt. Col. Cole in the interview. We're also facing a very dangerous time, in a different way, but we can draw inspiration from men like Col. Cole and his comrades on the Raid.

Lt. Col. Cole passed away almost a year ago, today. He was the last surviving Doolittle Raider, but his legacy lives on. Watch and #SHARE his story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjKvJMBil30

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, Co-Pilot to Jimmy Doolittle on the Doolittle Raid, reflects on his World War II service and memories of April 18, 1942. 80 men woul...

04/16/2020
Profiles in Valor: Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, Doolittle Raider

In honor of the 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid (Saturday), watch our interview Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, who was in Plane 15 of the famed Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942. He talks about his experiences leading up to, during, and after the raid. #WWII75

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ5R7kVcGAI

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor was in Plane 15 of the famed Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942. He talks about his experiences leading up to the raid, the raid itself,...

Born in Cuba, Felix Rodriguez was a student in the U.S. when the Castro revolution unfolded in Cuba. Determined to do wh...
04/15/2020
Felix Rodriguez, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Capture of Che Guevara

Born in Cuba, Felix Rodriguez was a student in the U.S. when the Castro revolution unfolded in Cuba. Determined to do whatever he could to oust the Castro regime, Rodriguez joined the Bay of Pigs operation that launched and failed 59 years ago this week.

In this extensive interview, Rodriguez details what went wrong in the Bay of Pigs campaign and takes us step by step through his role in capturing and interrogating murderous Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967. He also shares his harrowing service in Vietnam.

Don't miss this front-row seat to history with U.S. Army veteran Felix Rodriguez.

Born in Cuba, Felix Rodriguez was a student in the U.S. when the Castro revolution unfolded in Cuba. Determined to do whatever he could to oust the Castro regime, Rodriguez joined the Bay of Pigs operation that launched and failed 59 years ago this week. In this extensive interview, Rodriguez detail...

#OnThisDay 75 years ago, Bob Dole was severely wounded in action (April 14, 1945) in Italy. He was shot by Nazi machine-...
04/15/2020

#OnThisDay 75 years ago, Bob Dole was severely wounded in action (April 14, 1945) in Italy. He was shot by Nazi machine-gun fire as he tried to rescue his platoon's wounded radioman. It took Dole three years to recover from the injuries, though he never regained full use of his right hand. Today he released the following statement commemorating the 75th anniversary and offering support for those fighting COVID-19.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Senator Dole!

04/14/2020
Iwo Jima Survivor Ron "Rondo" Scharfe, F1c (Full Interview)

#WATCH: Navy Fireman 1st Class Ron "Rondo" Scharfe was just 16 the first time he stood on the beach of Iwo Jima. He fought on the front lines at the 'Battle of Iwo Jima' after lying about his age to get into the Navy. Watch and #SHARE his incredible story. Thank you for your service, F1c Scharfe!

#VeteransChronicles #IwoJima75 #WWII75 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Navy YouTube US National Archives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k-DzoHKcnA&feature=youtu.be

Fireman 1st Class Ron "Rondo" Scharfe was just 16 the first time he stood on the beach of Iwo Jima. He fought on the front lines at the 'Battle of Iwo Jima' ...

High in the skies over Las Vegas, the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - also known as the “#Thunderbi...
04/13/2020
Thunderbirds honor coronavirus responders with Las Vegas flyover for 'true heroes'

High in the skies over Las Vegas, the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - also known as the “#Thunderbirds" - showed its support on Saturday for those on the frontlines responding to the #coronavirus pandemic, reports FoxNews. #Salute #Heroes

https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-las-vegas-flyover-air-force-military-first-responders

High in the skies over Las Vegas, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron also known as the “Thunderbirds" showed their support on Saturday for those on the frontlines responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

We at the American Veterans Center are sad to note the passing of one of our first, best, and longest friends, the longt...
04/11/2020

We at the American Veterans Center are sad to note the passing of one of our first, best, and longest friends, the longtime host of our 'Veterans Chronicles' radio and podcast series, Gene Pell. An accomplished news anchor, NBC Pentagon Correspondent, and head of Voice of America, Gene's unmistakable voice was the hallmark of the AVC's early interview programming in the 1990's and 2000's.

Gene's interview with Omaha Beach beachmaster and D-Day hero LCDR Joseph P. Vaghi remains a must-listen: https://www.spreaker.com/user/10614200/lcdr-joseph-p-vaghi

Rest in Peace, old friend.

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