“He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour.”

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay recorded a
National Day of Listening interview with his friend Gordon Bolar, who is also the General Manager of public radio station WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

They talked about Gordon’s son, Matthew, who was in the Army and served two tours in Iraq.

Matthew was killed by a roadside bomb in 2007.

Gordon also shared a favorite memory of his son from a few months before his death.

Recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Music Info: "Horizon Variations" by Max Richter from the album The Blue Notebooks
Produced by Katie Simon
Facilitated by Katie Simon
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