American Veterans Center

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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Growing up, Jack Carr had dreams of being a U.S. Navy SEAL and writing novels about the U.S. military. He's now successf...
02/13/2020
LCDR Jack Carr, U.S. Navy SEAL, Afghanistan & Iraq

Growing up, Jack Carr had dreams of being a U.S. Navy SEAL and writing novels about the U.S. military. He's now successfully done both.

In this episode of "Veterans Chronicles," Carr describes the difficulty of BUD/S training to become a SEAL and the mindset he used to get past any urges to quit. He describes his work boarding Iraqi ships off the coast of Iran, and his work as a sniper in the war zones.

Carr also explains how he weaves his military experience into his novels, the lessons he still thinks the military needs to learn from our recent wars, and what it was like to go back to SEAL training at the end of his career - this time leading daily operations of the training.

Growing up, Jack Carr had dreams of being a U.S. Navy SEAL and writing novels about the U.S. military. He's now successfully done both. In this episode of "Veterans Chronicles," Carr describes the difficulty of BUD/S training to become a SEAL and the mindset he used to get past any urges to quit. He...

02/13/2020
Gene Kranz, NASA Flight Director (Full Interview)

As NASA announces its plan to put man back on the moon by 2024 (and the first woman), we are excited to bring you our extraordinary interview with legendary NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz, who served as Flight Director for Apollo 11’s landing on the moon 50 years ago, then during the monumental effort to save the crew of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Watch and #SHARE this exclusive interview, and #SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel to watch more stories of service and sacrifice from our nation's heroes!

#VeteransChronicles NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration #Apollo11 #Apollo13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUVVJ1Kj88&feature=youtu.be

Legendary NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz served as Flight Director for Apollo 11’s landing on the moon 50 years ago, then during the monumental effort to sa...

02/12/2020
Episode 167: The Yalta Conference

This week in WWII Chronicles: The Yalta Conference concludes as Allied nations discuss how Germany and Europe should be organized following the end of the war. Listen and #Share!

#WWII75 #History @DeptofDefense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ftJFfCOVY

The Yalta Conference was a meeting where government leaders from the allied nations of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union met up to ...

Happy 100th Birthday to World War II veteran Janet Bryan. Read more about her in this KGET - TV 17 Bakersfield report. #...
02/11/2020
World War II veteran Janet Bryan celebrates her 100th birthday

Happy 100th Birthday to World War II veteran Janet Bryan. Read more about her in this KGET - TV 17 Bakersfield report.

#Veterans #WWII75 #HappyBirthday
https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/world-war-ii-veteran-janet-bryan-celebrates-her-100th-birthday/

A World War II veteran got a head start Friday on celebrating her 100th birthday. Janet Bryan turns 100 years old on Feb. 8. She served as a Navy wave in a highly secured office of ship movements. …

02/10/2020
Col. Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman (Full Interview)

#BlackHistoryMonth: Last week was a big one for 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman #CharlesMcGee, who helped throw the coin toss at the #SuperBowl and was recognized by the President at the State of the Union address. We had the chance to interview him recently and you can watch it here! Watch and #SHARE!

#Veterans #SOTU #WWII75

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryqFPM2ZRGM&feature=emb_title

Colonel Charles McGee's distinguished flying career has seen three wars and witnessed critical moments in American history. A veteran of the legendary Tuskeg...

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded posthumous promotions to two Special Forces soldiers killed over the we...
02/10/2020
Special Forces Soldiers Killed in Afghan Firefight ID'd, Given Bronze Stars and Promotions

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded posthumous promotions to two Special Forces soldiers killed over the weekend in a firefight in Nangarhar province #Afghanistan, reports Military.com. Share their story and honor their sacrifice. #RIP #Salute

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/02/09/green-berets-killed-afghan-firefight-idd-given-bronze-stars-and-promotions.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1581276449

The Defense Department has awarded posthumous promotions to two Special Forces soldiers killed in a firefight in Nangarhar province Afghanistan on Saturday.

In light of the 92nd #AcademyAwards, here is a picture of Jimmy Stewart in his U.S. Army Air Force uniform at the #Oscar...
02/09/2020

In light of the 92nd #AcademyAwards, here is a picture of Jimmy Stewart in his U.S. Army Air Force uniform at the #Oscars⁠ ⁠ in 1942. A decorated bomber pilot, Stewart would fly missions in WWII and Vietnam, retiring a Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve. #NeverForget

This loss hits home for the American Veterans Center. The sweetest of Southern belles and widow of Medal of Honor recipi...
02/08/2020
Read FAYE HOOPER's Obituary & Leave Condolences

This loss hits home for the American Veterans Center. The sweetest of Southern belles and widow of Medal of Honor recipient Joe Hooper, Faye Hooper was among our great friends and supporters. Every Veterans Day weekend, she joined us in Washington, DC to help bestow the Joe Hooper Award on a veteran of Vietnam who served with honor, in Joe’s mold. Her smile could light up a room, and her voice would melt your heart.

May she Rest In Peace alongside Joe, forever in honor at Arlington National Cemetery.

https://everloved.com/life-of/faye-hooper/obituary/?flow=201

FAYE SAINT HOOPER, passed away on February 3, 2020,at 80 years old, in Denver, Colorado while in patient at the Denver Hospice. She passed quietly in her slee…

02/07/2020
NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz on the Apollo 11 Landing

With #NASA just announcing its plan to put man back on the moon by 2024, we are excited to bring you our extraordinary interview with legendary NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz, who led the first successful mission to the moon in 1969 (Apollo 11).

Watch and #SHARE this exclusive sneak peak of Flight Director Kranz talking about that historic moment that man first landed on the moon, and watch the interview in its entirety next week when it's released on our YouTube channel (link below).

#Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnhya0OmSG64vw3fVgdGDg

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Congratulations to our great friend, an even greater person, Gary Sinise for this high honor! Well-deserved! https://abc...
02/07/2020
Gary Sinise awarded Congressional Medal of Honor Society award for supporting veterans

Congratulations to our great friend, an even greater person, Gary Sinise for this high honor! Well-deserved!

https://abc7.com/society/gary-sinise-awarded-patriot-award-for-his-work-helping-veterans/5908670/

THANKS LIEUTENANT DAN! Gary Sinise was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Patriot Award, the organization's highest honor, for his work supporting veterans and their families.

You saw him at the Super Bowl. You saw him at the State of the Union address. Now hear the amazing story of service to o...
02/06/2020
Gen. Charles McGee, U.S. Air Force, World War II, Korea, Vietnam

You saw him at the Super Bowl. You saw him at the State of the Union address. Now hear the amazing story of service to our nation from retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Charles McGee, one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.

McGee joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. At the time, however, McGee and the other black pilots were deemed unworthy to be in units with their white counterparts.

In this interview, McGee details the outstanding service record of Tuskegee pilots in World War II, the discrimination they faced upon returning home, the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces in 1947 and his service in Korea and Vietnam.

McGee piloted more than 400 total combat missions and served more than 30 years in uniform. Perhaps even more impressive is his complete lack of bitterness in response to the ugly discrimination he faced.

This interview between McGee and the AVC's Greg Corombos was conducted in February 2019, when McGee was 99 years old. Shortly after turning 100 on Dec. 7, 2019, Col. McGee was promoted to Brigadier General by President Trump.

You saw him at the Super Bowl. You saw him at the State of the Union address. Now hear the amazing story of service to our nation from retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Charles McGee, one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. McGee joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. At the time,....

Kirk Douglas joined the U.S. Navy in 1941, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more than three years, he served a...
02/06/2020

Kirk Douglas joined the U.S. Navy in 1941, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more than three years, he served as a gunnery and communications officer in anti-submarine warfare on PC-1139. LTJG Douglas’ Naval service ended in 1944, after he was medically discharged for war injuries. He then went on to become one of the great icons of Hollywood’s golden age.

A legend, and a hero. Rest In Peace.

02/05/2020
Episode 166: American POWs Rescued

In this week’s episode of #WWIIChronicles, American POWs rescued as the end of WWII approaches. Listen to, and share the latest episode, here:

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

This week American soldiers along with other allied men who were prisons of war in the Philippines are liberated by U.S. Rangers. Learn more about the Americ...

ICYMI, 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman Charles McGhee, a dear friend of AVC, and his 13-year-old great grandson, Iian, were...
02/05/2020
Great-Grandson of Tuskegee Airman Wants to Join Space Force

ICYMI, 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman Charles McGhee, a dear friend of AVC, and his 13-year-old great grandson, Iian, were recognized by the president during last night’s State of the Union.

Great to see our WWII veterans passing the torch of service and sacrifice to the next generation!

Read and #SHARE!

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/02/04/great-grandson-tuskegee-airman-wants-join-space-force.html

He's only 13, but he's already got his eye on joining the nation's newest military branch.

02/04/2020
American Valor 2019: 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, as told by Tom Brokaw & Terry Crews

For #BlackHistoryMonth, AVC honors the service and sacrifice of America's black veterans, starting with the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-black Women's Army Corps unit deployed during #WWII.

Watch and #SHARE their incredible story, narrated by Terry Crews & Tom Brokaw.

#Salute #Honor #Sacrifice #Veterans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhbGozpdaH4

Learn more about the American Veterans Center: http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/ Support our mission: https://bit.ly/2UmsEj7 Like us on Facebook: https:...

ICYMI, four centenarian World War II veterans were honored last night in #SuperBowlLIV by participating in the opening c...
02/03/2020
Four centenarian World War II veterans honored at Super Bowl LIV

ICYMI, four centenarian World War II veterans were honored last night in #SuperBowlLIV by participating in the opening coin flip, which included Charles McGee, Odon Cardenas, Samuel Lombardo, and Sidney Walton.

Read and #SHARE this report from Fox News.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/wwii-vets-honored-at-super-bowl-liv

On the 100th anniversary of the NFL, four centenarian World War II veterans were honored by participating in the Super Bowl LIV opening coin flip as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers.

02/03/2020
Colonel Charles McGee & The Tuskegee Airmen (Narrated by Leslie Odom, Jr.)

For all who watched Super Bowl LIV last night, you saw the coin toss led by striking, dignified 100-year-old hero of World War II, Colonel Charles McGee. A decorated combat pilot with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, Colonel McGee remains a national treasure.

This is his story, told by the Tony-winning star of 'Hamilton,' Leslie Odom Jr., and Colonel McGee himself.

WATCH and #SHARE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKI9rvUJV5I

The story of Charles McGee, veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, narrated by Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. Col. McGee was hono...

02/01/2020
Anna Mae Robertson, The "Six Triple Eight"

Anna Mae Robertson served with the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion - the only battalion of all-African American Women to deploy to Europe during the Second World War.

As we honor Black History Month, we salute the women of the ‘Six-Triple-Eight’, and remember their selfless service. Thank you, Ms. Robertson!

https://youtu.be/MlN0xjejaKs

Anna Mae Robertson served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, and was assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The "Six Triple E...

Joseph Norcom served as a waist gunner on 23 U.S. Army Air Corps bombing missions over Europe, primarily on B-17 bombers...
01/31/2020
Joseph Norcom, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II

Joseph Norcom served as a waist gunner on 23 U.S. Army Air Corps bombing missions over Europe, primarily on B-17 bombers.

In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Norcom describes his service, including numerous harrowing missions during the final months of World War II in Europe.

He also describes the camaraderie, the professionalism, and, yes, the hijinks of the crew members.

Joseph Norcom served as a waist gunner on 23 U.S. Army Air Corps bombing missions over Europe, primarily on B-17 bombers. In this interview with Greg Corombos, Norcom describes a typical mission as well as numerous harrowing missions during the final months of World War II in Europe. He also describ...

Help us wish a Happy 90th Birthday to legendary actor and Marine veteran, Gene Hackman! #Salute #Veteran #Marines
01/30/2020

Help us wish a Happy 90th Birthday to legendary actor and Marine veteran, Gene Hackman!

#Salute #Veteran #Marines

ICYMI: "Los Angeles Dodgers star Justin Turner surprised Staff Sergeant Tarczy, a World War II veteran who calls Turner ...
01/30/2020
Dodgers: Justin Turner Surpises War Veteran with Opening Day Honor | Dodgers Nation

ICYMI: "Los Angeles Dodgers star Justin Turner surprised Staff Sergeant Tarczy, a World War II veteran who calls Turner his favorite player, with the opportunity to be the “Military Hero of the Game” on #OpeningDay at Dodger Stadium this upcoming season." #Vets

https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-justin-turner-surpises-war-veteran-with-opening-day-honor/2020/01/24/

Justin Turner is one of the most active athletes in the Los Angeles local community considering his Southern California background that includes attendance at Cal State Fullerton and being born in Long Beach. Simply put, he is a great person, not just a great hitter. The veteran third baseman met wi...

A nice surprise, and well-earned!  Thank you for your service!https://dcw50.com/2020/01/29/veteran-collapses-on-antiques...
01/29/2020
Veteran collapses on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ after hearing current value of his 1974 Rolex

A nice surprise, and well-earned! Thank you for your service!

https://dcw50.com/2020/01/29/veteran-collapses-on-antiques-roadshow-after-hearing-current-value-of-his-1974-rolex/?fbclid=IwAR0lKTh6WNfjk9wpER82ec-hzHEWLdZV9p25GBh1GWJi6u3Y-xLksak3IOw

A man brought a Rolex watch he purchased in 1974 for $345.97 to an antiques show to find out its current value. His reaction: priceless. Told a watch like his is now worth $400,000 at auction, the man toppled to the ground. But the appraiser wasn't finished. Because of the watch's pristine condition...

Remains Of Delaware County Marine Killed During World War II To Be Laid To Rest At Arlington National Cemetery.https://p...
01/28/2020
Remains Of Delaware County Marine Killed During World War II To Be Laid To Rest At Arlington National Cemetery

Remains Of Delaware County Marine Killed During World War II To Be Laid To Rest At Arlington National Cemetery.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/01/21/remains-of-delaware-county-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-to-be-laid-to-rest-at-arlington-national-cemetery/?fbclid=IwAR3G4ykCyeA9yKx7dd-Z0Myahc8_0XUsWE1FzFcZf-5CJqtJnVHZhvjFvOI

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Michael Kocopy, of Gardendale, was 20 years old when he was killed in 1943.

The wife and son of a fallen Northern California military veteran will be attending the #SuperBowl on Sunday — thanks to...
01/27/2020
49ers’ George Kittle gives Super Bowl tickets to family of fallen military veteran

The wife and son of a fallen Northern California military veteran will be attending the #SuperBowl on Sunday — thanks to a generous gift by San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, reports KRON 4 News. God bless you, George!

#Veterans #Honor

https://www.kron4.com/sports/the-big-game/49ers-george-kittle-gives-super-bowl-tickets-to-family-of-fallen-california-military-veteran/

Martin LaMar, of Sacramento, was shot and killed in Iraq in 2011 while serving his second tour in the military.

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