"He was an important guy, but this is the thing he's known for."

Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.
Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
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Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday ...
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Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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"He never really spoke too much; but his love for my grandmother was amazing."

Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and grandfather -- a Korean War veteran -- who helped raise him.
Recorded in Concord, California
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Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and ...
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Recorded in Concord, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

In Partnership with
War Ink

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Family
Military
Work

"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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

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Family
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Struggle

"I used to say when I put my uniform on, I was in my superwoman suit."

Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the Navy.
Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
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Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the ...
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Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

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Family
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"Tell me about the day Brian died."

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Recorded in West Milford, New Jersey
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Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he ...
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Mike Dougherty

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"My American soldier became my Iraqi brother."

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, Sgt. Braun and Philip are roommates in the U.S., but Philip recently returned to Iraq in hopes of bringing back his wife and children.
Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
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Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, ...
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Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

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Angels & Mentors
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Struggle

"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."

Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

In Partnership with
Brooklyn Museum

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Military
Struggle
Witness

"I just remember him walking off into the darkness, and the darkness engulfing him. "

Kevin Lucey talks to his wife, Joyce Lucey, about their son Jeff who was a marine convoy driver in Iraq.
Recorded in Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Kevin Lucey talks to his wife, Joyce Lucey, about their son Jeff who was a marine convoy driver in Iraq.
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Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Cambra Moniz

In Partnership with
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund Survivor Outreach Services

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Family
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"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."

Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.
Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
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Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
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Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

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Griot
Growing Up
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Work

"I don't know how many I sent home..."

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while in Iraq.
Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

In Partnership with
Fort Wainwright

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Identity
LGBTQ
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"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson.
Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
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Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant ...
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Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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LGBTQ
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"I didn't even recognize myself."

Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.
Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
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Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed ...
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Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Historias
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"My brothers were like my soul mates..."

Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist Andrew Velez.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist ...
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
The Homecoming Project

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Growing Up
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Struggle

"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."

Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 teammates.
Recorded in Missoula, Montana
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Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 ...
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Recorded in Missoula, Montana
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jorge Rojas

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Military
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Work

"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."

Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
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Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
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Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

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Military
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"The disconnect is huge."

Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting to civilian life after their combat deployments.
Recorded in San Diego, California
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Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

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"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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LGBTQ
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"I wanted to kneel where Mike fell..."

Robert Stokely remembers honoring his son, Army Sgt. Michael Stokely, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Robert Stokely remembers honoring his son, Army Sgt. Michael Stokely, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

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"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."

Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head in Iraq.
Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head ...
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Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Angels & Mentors
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Work

"The last 22 years would have been hell without you."

Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
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Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Cincinnati Public Radio

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Friendship
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