"I was in a pretty dark spot at the time."

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died in Iraq while disarming an IED. He recently returned to StoryCorps with his friend and fellow retired bomb tech, Sgt Mary Dague, who lost her arms in Iraq. Hear both interviews below.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died ...
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Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

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Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

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Family
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"I had heard all these horror stories about crooks and gangsters..."

Juliet Jegasothy, who is originally from Sri Lanka, tells her friend Sheena Jacob about adjusting to life in the United States.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Juliet Jegasothy, who is originally from Sri Lanka, tells her friend Sheena Jacob about adjusting to life in the United ...
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Michael Garofalo

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Michael Ramberg

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Discovery

"Daddy would come home tired to the bone..."

Samuel Black tells his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father, who operated a boiler room.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Samuel Black tells his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father, who operated a boiler room.
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Michael Garofalo

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Michael Ramberg

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Griot
Growing Up
Work

"He played always with a tux, always looking nice."

Joyce Kahkonen remembers her father, a professional accordionist, in an interview with her daughter, Gay.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Joyce Kahkonen remembers her father, a professional accordionist, in an interview with her daughter, Gay.
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Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Veronica Ordaz

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Growing Up

"The mill was always in my life..."

Ken Kobus tells his friend Ron Barraf about his father, John Kobus, who worked at a steel mill for nearly 40 years.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Ken Kobus tells his friend Ron Barraf about his father, John Kobus, who worked at a steel mill for nearly 40 ...
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Katie Simon

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Piya Kochhar

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Work

"Well, I had a buddy and he used to dance up and down the docks..."

91-year-old Henry Belcher tells his friend Major A. Mason III about tap dancing in the 1930s.
Recorded in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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91-year-old Henry Belcher tells his friend Major A. Mason III about tap dancing in the 1930s.
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