Ep. 202 – Ryan Hendrickson (Green Beret)

Ryan Hendrickson doesn’t know when to quit. If you’ve served alongside Ryan in combat, that’s probably a good thing. Ryan Hendrickson is a retired Green Beret, leaving the Army as an E-7 in January of 2020. Before joining the Army, Hendrickson enlisted and served in both the Navy and the Air Force, until he found his true calling in Special Forces. As a Green Beret demolitions expert, he would find… Read More

Ep. 201 – Donat Le Blanc (Marine/Vietnam)

Donat “Dan” Le Blanc lost his right arm while fighting in Vietnam as a Marine aircraft machine gunner. Service was in his blood; his father was a World War II veteran and POW. So when it was his generation’s calling to combat service, Le Blanc joined the Marines. He cites the 1957 film, “The DI” with Jack Webb as a major source of inspiration for joining the Corps. But, Le… Read More

Ep. 200 – Daniel Rodriguez (COP Keating/Battle of Kamdesh)

There’s no better story for Episode 200! Daniel Rodriguez entered the Army shortly after losing his father at the age of 18. He joined the Infantry and was almost immediately thrust into one of the worst positions to be in as a new soldier in combat: the replacement for another soldier who had been killed in Iraq. Although it was a rough start, the unit he ended up with would… Read More

Ep. 199 – Justin Piessens (Army Tanker)

The junior enlisted servicemembers we’ve had on this show have never shied away from giving the unvarnished truth when talking about their experiences in combat. They join for a myriad of reasons – a sense of patriotism, a career, or they just didn’t think they had better options when entering the workforce. Regardless, you can always count on them to shoot straight when asked for their opinions, especially when it… Read More

Ep. 198 – Dr. Jeff Cain (From Army Ranger to Army Doc)

Dr. Jeff Cain has led an interesting military career to say the least, as both an Infantryman and a doctor, spanning from the period of the first Gulf War into the Global War on Terrorism. Dr. Cain began his career at West Point, choosing Infantry as his branch upon graduation. Following time with the Berlin Brigade in Germany during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Cain made his way to… Read More

Ep. 197 – Tom Spooner (Army SOF/Warriors Heart)

When Tom Spooner enlisted in the Army, he had every intention of becoming a Ranger. But, a last minute change in orders would send him to the 82nd Airborne, where he quickly found, Ranger or not, that he was in his element as a paratrooper. From then on, wherever Spooner went in the military he would find his element along with seasoned veterans who mentored him into a proven combat… Read More

Ep. 196 – Gordon Sumner (Army Aviator/Grenada)

Gordon Sumner joined the military at the end of the Vietnam War era. As such, the timing of his entry into service led to very unique experiences while serving overseas, both in combat, and during the tense years of the Cold War. He began his military career as an Infantry officer, but through a weird twist of fate, would transition to Aviation before nearly resigning his commission. That move to… Read More

Ep. 195 – Jeff Morris (Army Infantry/”Legion Rising”)

This is a story of combat and survival in the truest sense. Survival not just from bullets and bombs in Baghdad, but from the indelible scars war leaves on those who’ve experienced it firsthand. Jeff Morris is one of those individuals. His time as an Army infantry officer led him to fight in Iraq both as a platoon leader and company commander. It would carry him through bloody firefights where… Read More

Ep. 194 – Don Culp (Army Aviator)

Don Culp’s passion for aviation began as a young boy. Watching his stepfather work with the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team, Don knew he wanted to join the military, and specifically go into aviation when he graduated from high school. His journey would take him a little longer than expected though, as he was initially recruited into chemical operations instead of aviation in the late 90’s. It would take him… Read More

Ep. 193 – Michael Waltz (Green Beret)

From an early age, Michael Waltz was drawn to history, devouring every history book he could get his hands on at the local library. Raised by a single mother, who worked her way up the corporate ladder from clerk to executive vice president for Prudential Securities, Waltz had plenty of inspiration to draw from. That, coupled with his deep knowledge of history, led him to want to serve his country,… Read More