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Two Iraq War Veterans Reflect On A Day That Changed Their Lives

Nick Bennett always knew he was going to join the military. His grandfathers were World War II combat veterans, and he hoped to follow in their footsteps. He joined the Marines, and missed being assigned to a combat unit during his first deployment. Dan Miller also had had a family legacy, and was inspired by his uncle to join the Marine Corps. 

Two white men stand embracing. The taller one on the right has his chin on the shorter man's head, and his arm around his shoulder. The shorter man is holding a photo album. The shorter man on the left is wearing a red t-shirt and the taller man on the right is wearing a black polo short sleeve shirt. Both shirts have the logo of Wounded Warrior Project on them.
Nick Bennett and Dan Miller embracing with a photo album at Nick’s home in Franklin, Indiana in August 2021. Courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project.

In 2004, when the Iraq War was in full swing, Nick and Dan were both deployed to a region known as the ‘Triangle of Death’, which saw some of the highest levels of violence and casualties during the war. There, Dan was a Gunnery Sergeant, and Nick was in charge of the internet cafe.

Nick valued his role in keeping soldiers connected to  their families, but he felt called to fight. And so he requested to join Dan’s security team. They came to StoryCorps to remember what happened. 

Two white men stand together fishing in a lake. The taller one is wearing sneakers, blue jeans and a black shirt. The shorter one is wearing sandals, black shorts and a grey t-shirt.
Nick Bennett and Dan Miller fishing at Camp Allendale in Trafalgar, Indiana in August, 2021. Courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project.


Top Photo: Nick Bennett and Dan Miller at their StoryCorps interview in Lafayette, Indiana on April 7, 2024. By Rec Room Recording for StoryCorps.

This broadcast is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Originally aired on April 27, 2024 on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. 

A Special Project To Keep Dad’s Memory Alive

Since he was in high school, Al Plumley could be found under the hood of a car, fixing it himself.

In high school, Al Plumley treasured his blue Mustang. Courtesy of Ashley Cosme.

When he raised his three daughters in Northern Indiana, he spent a lot of time teaching them about his passion for fixing up old cars.

Al Plumley (center) with his wife and daughters in 2021. Courtesy of Ashley Cosme.

Al died in October of 2021. His middle daughter, Ashley Cosme, came to StoryCorps with her husband, Nicholas, to talk about how they are keeping his memory alive.

Top Photo: Ashley and Nicholas Cosme at their StoryCorps interview in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 2022. Taken for StoryCorps.

This broadcast is supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Originally aired Friday, August 5, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

A Mother And Daughter Remember The Power Of Grandma’s Hands

Madzimoyo Owusu grew up on the West Side of Chicago in the 1970s. When she was a young girl, she spent many of her days with her grandmother, who lived in the same three-story apartment building.

Decades later, In 2010, Madzimoyo came to StoryCorps with her daughter, Johannah, to honor the memory of the woman who helped shape her life…

Madzimoyo and her grandmother Elsie’s hands together, 1995 in Birmingham Alabama, courtesy of the Owusu family.
Top Photo: Johannah and Madzimoyo at their StoryCorps Recording on July 10th, 2010, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Photo by Jorge Rios for StoryCorps.

This interview was recorded in partnership with the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture.

Originally aired November 19th, 2021 on NPR’s Morning Edition. 

Listen to Madzimoyo’s story on the StoryCorps Podcast.

Zoë Waters, Maddy Waters, and Nick Waters

Ten-year-old triplets Maddy, Zoë, and Nick Waters have spent their entire lives together, sharing everything from a birthday to a bedroom.


But despite being so close, they’d never sat down and asked each other some of their most pressing questions. So they came to a StoryCorps MobileBooth in Bloomington, Indiana, where they found out they still had a lot to learn.


Originally aired June 30, 2017, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Top photo: Maddy, Zoë, and Nick at their StoryCorps interview in Bloomington, Indiana.
Middle photo: Maddy, Zoë, and Nick on the day all three were able to come home from the hospital in 2007. Courtesy of the Waters Family.
Bottom photo: Maddy, Zoë, and Nick walk to school in Bloomington, Indiana on Zoë’s first day using her power chair in 2016. Courtesy of the Waters Family.

Mike Kilgore

Mike Kilgore remembers his grandmother, Sara Louisa Matilda Elizabeth Nowles, who played a large role in his upbringing and helped him stay out of trouble while teaching him about life.

Originally aired November 21, 2008, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Dorothy Mengering and Bryn Mooth

Dorothy Mengering died April 12, 2017 at the age of 95. Born in 1921, before there was electricity in her home outside of Linton, Indiana, Dorothy was best known as “Dave’s mom.” She was a regular on her son, David Letterman’s late night television talk shows and covered the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and Nagano, Japan.

In this 2007 StoryCorps interview, she tells her granddaughter, Bryn Mooth, about her television experiences.

You can read Dorothy’s obituary here.

Released April 13, 2017.