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.
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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.

Mission: The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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September 21, 1967.  Near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam.  During a reconnaissance operation, Marines of F Company, 2nd ...
09/21/2020

September 21, 1967. Near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam. During a reconnaissance operation, Marines of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines were suddenly hit by sniper fire. Advancing toward a fortified enemy position, the Marines faced heavy fire, causing numerous casualties among the patrol. Among the wounded Marines was Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker. Refusing to back down, L/Cpl. Barker remained in the open, delivering a devastating counter-attack on the enemy position.

Intent on annihilating the much smaller Marine force, the enemy fighters directed the brunt of their fire toward L/Cpl. Barker, wounding him again. When an enemy grenade landed among the surviving Marines, without hesitation Barker threw himself on top of it, absorbing the blast of the explosion. In a final act of valor, the grievously wounded Marine crawled to a wounded comrade and administered first aid, before succumbing to his wounds. For his actions 53 years ago today, Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Rest In Peace, and Semper Fidelis.

Happy 73rd Birthday, to the United States Air Force!
09/18/2020

Happy 73rd Birthday, to the United States Air Force!

#ICYMI: "The long-awaited presidential memorial honoring Dwight D. #Eisenhower will be dedicated and unveiled in Washing...
09/17/2020
Eisenhower memorial in DC to be unveiled

#ICYMI: "The long-awaited presidential memorial honoring Dwight D. #Eisenhower will be dedicated and unveiled in Washington, D.C., [today] – more than 20 years after Congress commissioned it," reports Stars and Stripes.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/eisenhower-memorial-in-dc-to-be-unveiled-1.644566

The long-awaited presidential memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower will be dedicated and unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17 – more than 20 years after Congress commissioned it.

September 17, 1944. The Netherlands. Behind German lines, thousands of paratroopers from the British 1st Airborne and th...
09/17/2020

September 17, 1944. The Netherlands. Behind German lines, thousands of paratroopers from the British 1st Airborne and the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions dropped along the road to Arnhem. Their mission - Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation of the war - was to secure a series of bridges through Arnhem, allowing ground forces to race into Germany, bringing an early end to World War II.

The mission proved a bridge too far. Fighting valiantly, the paratroopers achieved their objectives, but the ground attack was slowed short of Arnhem, forcing the Allies to withdraw. Market Garden’s operational failure would ensure the war would continue into 1945, with great battles still yet to come. Seventy-six years ago today in Holland, an epic chapter in American military history began.

🇺🇸 ICYMI, watch The White House ceremony presenting the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, who received...
09/16/2020
President Awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger for Hostage Rescue

🇺🇸 ICYMI, watch The White House ceremony presenting the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, who received the highest military honor for liberating more than 70 hostages from ISIS in Iraq nearly five years ago.

🇺🇸 Watch the full ceremony here. #MedalOfHonor #Salute

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2345346/president-awards-medal-of-honor-to-army-ranger-for-hostage-rescue/

Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas "Patrick" Payne received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for helping liberate over 70 hostages from an ISIS prison compound in Iraq five years ago.

Happy 111th birthday to Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living WWII veteran to date. This weekend, The National WWII Museum ...
09/15/2020
America's oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday

Happy 111th birthday to Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living WWII veteran to date. This weekend, The National WWII Museum held a socially distant celebration for him outside of his home.

Help us wish Mr. Brooks a happy birthday! 🇺🇸

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/us/oldest-veteran-wwii-111th-birthday/index.html

Looking on from his front porch in New Orleans, Lawrence Brooks probably never imagined he'd see this day.

"Cherokee World War II veteran recounts 'Battle of the Bulge' 76 years later." A great story in the Washington Examiner....
09/14/2020
Cherokee World War II veteran recounts Battle of the Bulge 76 years later

"Cherokee World War II veteran recounts 'Battle of the Bulge' 76 years later."

A great story in the Washington Examiner.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/cherokee-world-war-ii-veteran-recounts-battle-of-the-bulge-76-years-later

CHEROKEE, North Carolina — Playing in the woods came naturally to Reuben Taylor, who grew up in the mountains of the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina in the 1930s.

09/13/2020
D-Day Bomber Pilot Lt. Denny Thompson (Full Interview)

ICYMI, watch our recent interview with D-Day Bomber Pilot Denny Thompson, who fought during the height of World War II. During his stint in WWII, he would be wounded twice and earn two Distinguished Flying Crosses, four Air Medals, four Bronze Stars, the French Freedom Medal, and two Purple Hearts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATIo_hQwxMI&t=31s&fbclid=IwAR2svTF6iRWRNvWUfeEdOO44WQcEJ8l8fuEMCrzE2pdpzqmpLvp66oRLsrY

Denny Thompson was a B-17 and B-24 bomber pilot during the height of World War II. During his stint in WWII, he would be wounded twice and earn two Distingui...

Congratulations to Sgt. Maj. Payne, who was awarded the Medal of Honor today for his courage on the battlefield. We salu...
09/11/2020
’One of the bravest’: Trump presents Medal of Honor to soldier for his heroics in ISIS-hostage rescue

Congratulations to Sgt. Maj. Payne, who was awarded the Medal of Honor today for his courage on the battlefield.

We salute you, soldier.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/one-of-the-bravest-trump-presents-medal-of-honor-to-soldier-for-his-heroics-in-isis-hostage-rescue-1.644600?fbclid=IwAR1wu42xLviEmzR1Xb9Vcfc8thSEDIt4EEEJdP9wBMYjvLzU1qj6Z7LwLoA

For his heroic actions during an Oct. 22, 2015, raid in Iraq, Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne was presented the Medal of Honor Friday by President Donald Trump.

Honor the fallen. Remember the strength and the resolve of the American people on that day. #NeverForget
09/11/2020

Honor the fallen. Remember the strength and the resolve of the American people on that day.

#NeverForget

09/08/2020
D-Day Bomber Pilot Lt. Denny Thompson (Full Interview)

🇺🇸#NEWRELEASE🇺🇸

Watch our interview with D-Day Bomber Pilot Denny Thompson, who fought during the height of World War II. During his stint in WWII, he would be wounded twice and earn two Distinguished Flying Crosses, four Air Medals, four Bronze Stars, the French Freedom Medal, and two Purple Hearts.

#LIKE and #COMMENT to show your support, and #SHARE this interview to spread his remarkable story of service and sacrifice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATIo_hQwxMI&t=31s

Denny Thompson was a B-17 and B-24 bomber pilot during the height of World War II. During his stint in WWII, he would be wounded twice and earn two Distingui...

09/07/2020
The National Memorial Day Parade America Stands Tall 2020

As summer comes to a close this Labor Day weekend, check out the AVC's Memorial Day television special -- The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall, which has broadcasted on TV stations across the country for months and is now available to watch online.

Happy Labor Day, from The American Veterans Center!

https://youtu.be/oRgRK5bcK7A

A very special holiday television presentation, The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall, salutes all who have served and sacrificed throughout ...

09/03/2020
Major General Tim Hanifen, Marine Corps Aviator (Full Interview)

#TBT to our interview with Major Gen. Tim Hanifen, who served as an aviator with the @USMC, and has flown over 3300 hours in peace, contingencies and war within the Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter, CH-53D Sea Stallion, CH-53E Super Stallion, UH-1N Huey, AH-1W Cobra and Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft. Among his command assignments was a tour as Commanding General, Al Asad Air Base in Al Anbar Province, Iraq during the height of the Iraq War. #VeteransChronicles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3hRZZFipP4

Maj Gen Hanifen served as an aviator with the United States Marine Corps, and has flown over 3300 hours in peace, contingencies and war within the Boeing CH-...

#OnThisDay: Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (seated) signs the Japanes...
09/02/2020

#OnThisDay: Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (seated) signs the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces, bringing an end to World War II and changing the world forever. #WWII75

09/01/2020
Bill Lord, Vietnam Veteran (Full Interview)

ICYMI, watch our interview with Bill Lord, who was drafted to serve in September of 1966 at the height of the #VietnamWar.

He served in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant carrying a radio in the U.S. Army's Charlie Company, 4th/47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Later in his career he served as television news executive and general manager of ABC 7 News - WJLA in Washington, D.C., and wrote the book, "50 Years After Vietnam".

#WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFhmZUfp65o&list=PLaz8anrWIM49nO_mEpPWevAIMbio3KdGV&index=4&t=0s&app=desktop

Bill Lord was a young draftee at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant carrying a radio in the U.S. Army's Charlie Comp...

RIP to WWII Veteran Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg's father, who died this week at 103. Here are 5 Steven Spielberg ...
08/31/2020
5 Steven Spielberg Movies Inspired By His Dad's Service in WWII

RIP to WWII Veteran Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg's father, who died this week at 103.

Here are 5 Steven Spielberg movies inspired by his dad's service in #WWII. A great read in Military.com.

https://www.military.com/off-duty/movies/2020/08/26/5-steven-spielberg-movies-inspired-his-dads-service-wwii.html

Steven Spielberg's father served in World War II and the director's dad has been a major influence on the director's career. Arnold Spielberg died this week at 103, so let's take a look at how he inspired his son to make some of the greatest films and TV shows about the greatest generation.

Ronald E. Rosser was a truly unique American.  An Army veteran, he re-enlisted following the death of his brother in the...
08/29/2020

Ronald E. Rosser was a truly unique American. An Army veteran, he re-enlisted following the death of his brother in the Korean War, requesting front line service. For extraordinary valor in Korea, he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Decades later, the AVC would be honored to know Ron Rosser, counting him as a friend, whose frank personality made him beloved among the academy and ROTC students who met him at our Annual Veterans Conference. Ron could always gather an admiring and attentive crowd.

Ron Rosser, one of America's greatest heroes of the Korean War, passed away this week at the age of 90. A friend, and great man. May he Rest In Peace.

Lt. Col. Luis Alvarez, a U.S. Army veteran, shares his story of serving in Iraq. But most of this conversation focuses o...
08/28/2020
Luis Alvarez, U.S. Army, Iraq, Healing Heroes

Lt. Col. Luis Alvarez, a U.S. Army veteran, shares his story of serving in Iraq. But most of this conversation focuses on the amazing research and testing Luis is doing now to help wounded soldiers and veterans regenerate bone tissue better & faster than the body does on its own. He explains his goal of restoring limbs and preventing amputations and how his innovations could eventually improve our health in many different ways. Listen now!

U.S. Army veteran Luis Alvarez joins us to discuss his revolutionary work to help heal the bones and other tissue of our wounded service members beyond what the human body can often do on its own. Alvarez explains how he was inspired to make this his mission, how his innovative approach works, the p...

08/28/2020
Elizabeth Bernice Barker Johnson, 6888th Central Postal Battalion (Full Interview)

We're sorry to note the passing of Ms. Elizabeth Bernice Barker Johnson, one of the last remaining veterans of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only battalion of all-African American women to deploy to Britain and France during World War II.

We were honored to welcome Ms. Johnson to the 2019 edition of the AVC's Annual Veterans Conference, where she shared her experiences with hundreds of future officers from each of our military service academies & ROTC programs.

You can watch her oral history at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv0ilSmbRH8&t=111s

Rest In Peace, American hero.

Elizabeth Bernice Barker is a World War II veteran of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion of the Women's Army Corps. Ms. Barker and her sisters in arms were ...

08/27/2020
Lauran Glover, Fmr. US Army Drill Team CDR (Full Interview)

#TBT to our interview with Captain Lauran Glover who made history in 2014 as the first female commander of the US Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Drill Team. Captain Glover reflects on her service, including a tour at Guantanamo Bay and as Platoon Leader for the Old Guard's 289th Military Police.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uDUltQ4UqI&t=23s

Captain Lauran Glover made history in 2014 as the first female commander of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Drill Team. Captain Glover re...

08/26/2020
D-Day Hero Frank Devita Recalls Lowering the Ramp in 'First Wave' at Omaha Beach (Full Interview)

#WATCH: WWII Veteran Frank DeVita was one of the heroic young Americans who fought and survived the historic battle at Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944; better known as #DDay. He was in charge of lowering the ramp on the USS Samuel Chase -- bullets repelling off the other side of the ramp.

This bone-chilling experience, as he notes, would stay with him for the rest of his life. Watch and share his gripping interview.

https://youtu.be/leeB5EoQcIs

#VeteransChronicles #WWII75

Frank DeVita was in charge of lowering the ramp, the only thing shielding troops on the USS Samuel Chase from rapid enemy gunfire, during the first wave on D...

🇺🇸 Today we honor Lance Corporal Richard A. Anderson, who died on this day (August 24) in 1969, at 21 years old, by sacr...
08/24/2020

🇺🇸 Today we honor Lance Corporal Richard A. Anderson, who died on this day (August 24) in 1969, at 21 years old, by sacrificing his life to save his fellow Marines from a grenade blast during battle in the Vietnam War; an act of valor that would posthumously earn him the Medal of Honor.

May we never forget his ultimate sacrifice. U.S. Marine Corps 🇺🇸

08/20/2020
Frank Poswistilo on Celebrating V-J Day at Sea

#TBT to our interview with Frank Poswistilo, who was drafted at the end of WWII, and had the unique experience of celebrating #VJDay (which was 75 years ago last week) with his fellow sailors at sea, while crossing the international dateline.

He talks about that experience, as well as his time serving in post-war Japan. Watch and share!

#VeteransChronicles #WWII75

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMqvgGJfKYo&t=6s

Frank Poswistilo was drafted at the end of WWII, and had the unique experience of celebrating V-J Day with his fellow sailors at sea, while crossing the inte...

August 19, 1944.  Near Pisa, Italy.  Under heavy enemy attack, U.S. Army Private Masato Nakae’s submachine gun was knock...
08/19/2020

August 19, 1944. Near Pisa, Italy. Under heavy enemy attack, U.S. Army Private Masato Nakae’s submachine gun was knocked out by an enemy shell. Quickly taking action, he grabbed a wounded comrade’s rifle and attacked the advancing enemy, doggedly holding them back with small arms and grenades, and forcing them to withdraw. Wounded in a follow-up attack, Nakae still held his ground, refusing to surrender his position.

A soldier with the Army’s all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion, Nakae’s valor would be fully recognized when, on June 21, 2000, along with 22 fellow Americans of Japanese descent, he would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism across the Atlantic, 76 years ago today.

#GoodNews: 95-year-old World War II veteran is out of the hospital and in a rehab facility after beating COVID-19 and pn...
08/18/2020
World War II Veteran, 95, Released From Hospital After Beating COVID-19, Pneumonia

#GoodNews: 95-year-old World War II veteran is out of the hospital and in a rehab facility after beating COVID-19 and pneumonia!

More proof that there are none tougher than those from the #GreatestGeneration. Read and #share!

#WWII #Veterans #soldier

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/world-war-ii-veteran-95-released-from-hospital-after-beating-covid-19-pneumonia/2426763/

A 95-year-old World War II veteran is out of the hospital and in a Mesquite rehab facility after beating COVID-19 and pneumonia.

08/18/2020
Mary Jennings Hegar

100 years ago today, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, ensuring women their right to vote.

As we celebrate pioneering women, we salute Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar, veteran pilot from the war in Afghanistan, who led the fight for women to be allowed to serve in combat.

Check out Maj. Hegar's story, produced by the AVC and narrated by Diane Lane: https://youtu.be/YbCipM73qVg

An Air Force Veteran of Afghanistan, Major Mary Jennings Hegar is only the second woman in U.S. history to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor....

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