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  • Freedom Fighters: Dudley Henderson

    Freedom Fighters: Dudley Henderson

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 9:18 AM EDT2017-07-18 13:18:10 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Dudley Henderson joined the army to get a direction in his life, but when he had the chance to go to army flight school, he knew he had found a career.

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    Dudley Henderson joined the army to get a direction in his life, but when he had the chance to go to army flight school, he knew he had found a career.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Trindi Collins

    Freedom Fighters: Trindi Collins

    Friday, July 14 2017 8:48 AM EDT2017-07-14 12:48:58 GMT

    Trindi Collins racked up a number of challenge points for her excellent service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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    Trindi Collins racked up a number of challenge points for her excellent service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Hidden Pearl Harbor photos

    Freedom Fighters: Hidden Pearl Harbor photos

    Monday, July 10 2017 7:36 AM EDT2017-07-10 11:36:37 GMT
    Jack Rink. (Source: KLTV)Jack Rink. (Source: KLTV)

    At 7:55, Dec. 7, 1941, 353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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    At 7:55, Dec. 7, 1941, 353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ed Snow, pt. 2

    Freedom Fighters: Ed Snow, pt. 2

    Thursday, June 29 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-06-29 13:09:12 GMT
    Ed Snow. (Source: KTLV)Ed Snow. (Source: KTLV)

    Paratrooper Ed Snow had already made history in World War II in the Normandy invasion and at Market Garden. 

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    Paratrooper Ed Snow had already made history in World War II in the Normandy invasion and at Market Garden. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ed Snow, pt. 1

    Freedom Fighters: Ed Snow, pt. 1

    Thursday, June 29 2017 9:08 AM EDT2017-06-29 13:08:26 GMT

    An argument with his girlfriend and paratroopers' sharp looking uniforms were what convinced 17-year-old Ed Snow to join the Army paratroopers in World War II.

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    An argument with his girlfriend and paratroopers' sharp looking uniforms were what convinced 17-year-old Ed Snow to join the Army paratroopers in World War II.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Joi Anessa Webb

    Freedom Fighters: Joi Anessa Webb

    Friday, June 16 2017 8:45 AM EDT2017-06-16 12:45:42 GMT

    Joi Anessa Webb is retiring from the Army after 22 years, and she admits her mother Laura Turner's service was an inspiration for her joining. 

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    Joi Anessa Webb is retiring from the Army after 22 years, and she admits her mother Laura Turner's service was an inspiration for her joining. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Billy Williams , life in Vietnam and Korea

    Freedom Fighters: Billy Williams , life in Vietnam and Korea

    Monday, June 12 2017 5:23 PM EDT2017-06-12 21:23:12 GMT
    Billy C. WilliamsBilly C. Williams

    Billy C. Williams of New Chapel Hill, Texas, joined the Army in 1963.  

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    Billy C. Williams of New Chapel Hill, Texas, joined the Army in 1963.  

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  • Freedom Fighters: B.R. Whitehead

    Freedom Fighters: B.R. Whitehead

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 9:21 AM EDT2017-06-06 13:21:45 GMT

    B.R. Whitehead says he not only had to be over six feet tall to get into the Marine Corps, he also had to have a parent sign his papers since he was only 17-years-old.

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    B.R. Whitehead says he not only had to be over six feet tall to get into the Marine Corps, he also had to have a parent sign his papers since he was only 17-years-old.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Quentin Koecher

    Freedom Fighters: Quentin Koecher

    Thursday, June 1 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-06-01 12:26:46 GMT
    Quentin Koecher. (Source: KLTV)Quentin Koecher. (Source: KLTV)

    At the age of 96, Quentin Koecher looks back at almost a century of experiences, including his appointment to the  U.S. Naval Academy and his service in World War II. 

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    At the age of 96, Quentin Koecher looks back at almost a century of experiences, including his appointment to the  U.S. Naval Academy and his service in World War II. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Harold Raines

    Freedom Fighters: Harold Raines

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-05-27 02:52:53 GMT
    Harold Raines (Source: Family)Harold Raines (Source: Family)

    When World War II ended, Harold Raines thought war, for him, was over. That was, until he received a letter four years later, calling him back to the Navy. 

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    When World War II ended, Harold Raines thought war, for him, was over. That was, until he received a letter four years later, calling him back to the Navy. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: C.E. Jones

    Freedom Fighters: C.E. Jones

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:12 AM EDT2017-05-11 13:12:10 GMT

    During his time in the Army Air Corps, later renamed 'Air Force', C.E. Jones flew just about every plane developed at the time as an 18-year-old in 1940. 

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    During his time in the Army Air Corps, later renamed Air Force, C.E. Jones flew just about every plane developed at the time as an 18-year-old in 1940. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jerry Herring

    Freedom Fighters: Jerry Herring

    Friday, May 5 2017 10:15 PM EDT2017-05-06 02:15:06 GMT

    Jerry Herring was to learn the tactics of the Vietcong firsthand when he arrived in Vietnam in 1967.

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    Jerry Herring was to learn the tactics of the Vietcong firsthand when he arrived in Vietnam in 1967.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Roy King

    Freedom Fighters: Roy King

    Friday, April 28 2017 9:59 PM EDT2017-04-29 01:59:57 GMT
    (Source: Roy King)(Source: Roy King)

    Roy King spent six months in a Tokyo hospital after being wounded in Korea. King went into the army in May of 1952, and arrived in Korea four months later.

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    Roy King spent six months in a Tokyo hospital after being wounded in Korea. King went into the army in May of 1952, and arrived in Korea four months later.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ira Gray

    Freedom Fighters: Ira Gray

    Monday, April 10 2017 4:26 PM EDT2017-04-10 20:26:03 GMT

    Ira Gray never planned on leading troops into battle in Vietnam but when the time came he led with courage. 

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    Ira Gray never planned on leading troops into battle in Vietnam but when the time came he led with courage. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Thursday, March 30 2017 8:33 AM EDT2017-03-30 12:33:42 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Clinton Culpepper was 19 when he joined the Navy in October of 1943.

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    Clinton Culpepper was 19 when he joined the Navy in October of 1943.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:10 AM EDT2017-03-23 12:10:36 GMT

    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight and fight he did...in two wars and a motion picture.

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    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight and fight he did...in two wars and a motion picture.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jeffrey Basehore

    Freedom Fighters: Jeffrey Basehore

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-03-18 02:31:44 GMT
    Jeffrey Basehorse. (Source: KLTV)Jeffrey Basehorse. (Source: KLTV)

    The land that the East Texas Veterans Alliance is waiting on, is land on which to build the East Texas Veterans Memorial, Jeffrey Lee Basehore is the architect of the memorial, but before that, he served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

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    The land that the East Texas Veterans Alliance is waiting on, is land on which to build the East Texas Veterans Memorial, Jeffrey Lee Basehore is the architect of the memorial, but before that, he served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Friday, March 10 2017 8:31 AM EST2017-03-10 13:31:23 GMT
    Allen Brown. (Source: KLTV)Allen Brown. (Source: KLTV)

    Even though 1969 was a time when many young men were trying to avoid the draft, Allen Brown was trying to get in.

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    Even though 1969 was a time when many young men were trying to avoid the draft, Allen Brown was trying to get in.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mark Christman

    Freedom Fighters: Mark Christman

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 8:39 AM EST2017-03-01 13:39:02 GMT

    It's been almost a half a century since Mark Christman flew F-1-11s in Vietnam. 

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    It's been almost a half a century since Mark Christman flew F-1-11s in Vietnam. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Carroll Harris

    Freedom Fighters: Carroll Harris

    Monday, February 27 2017 4:11 PM EST2017-02-27 21:11:10 GMT

    "My mother gave me this. This is a mustard seed," says Carroll Harris. 

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    "My mother gave me this. This is a mustard seed," says Carroll Harris. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: James McMillen

    Freedom Fighters: James McMillen

    Friday, February 17 2017 11:16 PM EST2017-02-18 04:16:17 GMT

    As for his service to our country, James McMillen modestly says, "I feel that I did my duty."

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    As for his service to our country, James McMillen modestly says, "I feel that I did my duty."

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  • Freedom Fighters: Lieutenant General Howard Fish

    Freedom Fighters: Lieutenant General Howard Fish

    Saturday, February 4 2017 7:02 PM EST2017-02-05 00:02:37 GMT

    The prisoner of war medal, distinguished flying crosses, and numerous other medals can't begin to fully tell the story of Lieutenant General Howard Fish's career in the U.S. Air Force. 

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    The prisoner of war medal, distinguished flying crosses, and numerous other medals can't begin to fully tell the story of Lieutenant General Howard Fish's career in the U.S. Air Force. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Robert Gibson

    Freedom Fighters: Robert Gibson

    Saturday, January 28 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-01-28 23:56:26 GMT

    Robert Gibson joined the military in 1973 when he was 17. 

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    Robert Gibson joined the military in 1973 when he was 17. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jerrell Herron

    Freedom Fighters: Jerrell Herron

    Friday, January 13 2017 10:17 PM EST2017-01-14 03:17:58 GMT

    The Vietnam War lasted sixteen years, from 1959 to 1975. But Jerrell Herron has found that friendships made in war can last a lifetime. 

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    The Vietnam War lasted sixteen years, from 1959 to 1975. But Jerrell Herron has found that friendships made in war can last a lifetime. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Paul Cicero

    Freedom Fighters: Paul Cicero

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 2:21 PM EST2017-01-04 19:21:34 GMT

    Paul Cicero wanted to fly as far back has he can remember. 

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    Paul Cicero wanted to fly as far back has he can remember. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Glenn Daigle

    Freedom Fighters: Glenn Daigle

    Friday, December 30 2016 10:22 PM EST2016-12-31 03:22:09 GMT
    (Source: Glenn Daigle)(Source: Glenn Daigle)

    After a series of peace talks and negotiations, Daigle was released from prison on February 12, 1973. His first press conference was to remind everyone of those who didn't make it back. 

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    After a series of peace talks and negotiations, Daigle was released from prison on February 12, 1973. His first press conference was to remind everyone of those who didn't make it back. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Korean Star

    Freedom Fighters: Korean Star

    Thursday, December 22 2016 11:14 AM EST2016-12-22 16:14:57 GMT

    Bill Lynn is proud to be one of the 'chosin few', one of the marines that held out over overwhelming odds at the Battle of Korea's Chosin Reservoir.

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    Bill Lynn is proud to be one of the 'chosin few', one of the marines that held out over overwhelming odds at the Battle of Korea's Chosin Reservoir.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Floyd Offhaus

    Freedom Fighters: Floyd Offhaus

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 10:44 AM EST2016-12-13 15:44:08 GMT

    The small piece of metal that Floyd Offhaus has saved for almost three-quarters of a century, is a daily reminder of the hundreds of pieces of shells that could have killed him in World War II.

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    The small piece of metal that Floyd Offhaus has saved for almost three-quarters of a century, is a daily reminder of the hundreds of pieces of shells that could have killed him in World War II.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Hively

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Hively

    Monday, December 12 2016 10:31 AM EST2016-12-12 15:31:27 GMT

    Joe Hively joined the U.S. Air Force in November of 1966. Right in the middle of the Vietnam War.

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    Joe Hively joined the U.S. Air Force in November of 1966. Right in the middle of the Vietnam War.

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  • Freedom Fighters: B.C. Jones

    Freedom Fighters: B.C. Jones

    Friday, December 9 2016 10:22 PM EST2016-12-10 03:22:24 GMT

    B.C. Jones joined the Navy in January of 1944 at the age of 19. Nine months later he was on this way to the Pacific, where American forces were driving the Japanese back, island by island.

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    B.C. Jones joined the Navy in January of 1944 at the age of 19. Nine months later he was on this way to the Pacific, where American forces were driving the Japanese back, island by island.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor

    Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-11-29 20:53:59 GMT

    Dec. 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m., Bud Taylor, an 18-year-old gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S Pennsylvania, had just finished breakfast when all hell broke loose.

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    Dec. 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m., Bud Taylor, an 18-year-old gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S Pennsylvania, had just finished breakfast when all hell broke loose.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Badger

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Badger

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 2:47 PM EST2016-11-22 19:47:39 GMT

    Jim Badger was nineteen when he joined the Army in 1950.

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    Jim Badger was nineteen when he joined the Army in 1950.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Norman Callison

    Freedom Fighters: Norman Callison

    Friday, November 11 2016 11:27 PM EST2016-11-12 04:27:44 GMT

    Norman Callison joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, hoping to fly, but those hopes were soon dashed when his captain pulled up his report

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    Norman Callison joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, hoping to fly, but those hopes were soon dashed when his captain pulled up his report.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mike Collins

    Freedom Fighters: Mike Collins

    Friday, November 4 2016 4:05 PM EDT2016-11-04 20:05:00 GMT

    Mike Collins served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. 

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    Mike Collins served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Thomas Baxter

    Freedom Fighters: Thomas Baxter

    Friday, October 28 2016 11:36 AM EDT2016-10-28 15:36:55 GMT

    After joining the Navy in 1967 and training as a Naval Airman, Thomas Baxter arrived in Vietnam 1969.

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    After joining the Navy in 1967 and training as a Naval Airman, Thomas Baxter arrived in Vietnam 1969.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Robert Frost

    Freedom Fighters: Robert Frost

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 11:09 AM EDT2016-10-19 15:09:16 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Robert Frost received his commission through ROTC in college and qualified for flight school.

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    Robert Frost received his commission through ROTC in college and qualified for flight school.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ed Hammond

    Freedom Fighters: Ed Hammond

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 9:32 AM EDT2016-10-12 13:32:01 GMT

    Ed Hammond was 18 when he joined the First Marine Regiment in November of 1943 and shipped out for the Pacific Island on Pelilu.

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    Ed Hammond was 18 when he joined the First Marine Regiment in November of 1943 and shipped out for the Pacific Island on Pelilu.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Pepper

    Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Pepper

    Friday, October 7 2016 11:42 PM EDT2016-10-08 03:42:46 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Kenneth Pepper of Winnsboro had many close calls in Vietnam during his time there serving the U.S. Army in 1968, including stepping on a booby trap that didn't go off and having his helmet shot off his head. 

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    Kenneth Pepper of Winnsboro had many close calls in Vietnam during his time there serving the U.S. Army in 1968, including stepping on a booby trap that didn't go off and having his helmet shot off his head. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mike Welch

    Freedom Fighters: Mike Welch

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 3:30 PM EDT2016-09-27 19:30:02 GMT

    Mike Welch works night security at Buckner Westminister in Longview.

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    Mike Welch works night security at Buckner Westminister in Longview.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Bernie Goode

    Freedom Fighters: Bernie Goode

    Saturday, September 24 2016 12:11 AM EDT2016-09-24 04:11:54 GMT

    At the age of 92, Bernie Goode looks back on 31-years spent in the U.S. military.

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    At the age of 92, Bernie Goode looks back on 31-years spent in the U.S. military.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Carl Seiber

    Freedom Fighters: Carl Seiber

    Saturday, September 17 2016 8:19 PM EDT2016-09-18 00:19:16 GMT

    Freedom fighters presents Carl Sieber 

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    Freedom fighters presents Carl Sieber 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ray Terry

    Freedom Fighters: Ray Terry

    Monday, September 12 2016 2:15 PM EDT2016-09-12 18:15:54 GMT
    (Source: KLTV staff)(Source: KLTV staff)

    Ray Terry had always wanted to fly, but when he joined the air corps as a seventeen-year-old, in October of 1942, he got more than he had bargained for.

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    Ray Terry had always wanted to fly, but when he joined the air corps as a seventeen-year-old, in October of 1942, he got more than he had bargained for.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Roosevelt McKeller

    Freedom Fighters: Roosevelt McKeller

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 3:59 PM EDT2016-08-24 19:59:23 GMT

    Post -traumatic stress and agent orange illnesses  have followed Roosevelt McKeller since his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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    Post -traumatic stress and agent orange illnesses  have followed Roosevelt McKeller since his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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  • Freedom Fighters: John Meyers

    Freedom Fighters: John Meyers

    Friday, August 12 2016 11:30 PM EDT2016-08-13 03:30:21 GMT

    John Meyers fought the Vietcong with concrete instead of bullets, something he hadn't imagined when he joined the Air Force in 1963 and became a combat civil engineer.

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    John Meyers fought the Vietcong with concrete instead of bullets, something he hadn't imagined when he joined the Air Force in 1963 and became a combat civil engineer.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Harry Kancyr

    Freedom Fighters: Harry Kancyr

    Friday, August 5 2016 11:49 PM EDT2016-08-06 03:49:50 GMT
    (Source: Harry Kancyr)(Source: Harry Kancyr)

    Harry Kancyr joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 18.

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    Harry Kancyr joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 18.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Col. Gid Terry

    Freedom Fighters: Col. Gid Terry

    Friday, July 8 2016 11:17 PM EDT2016-07-09 03:17:26 GMT

    When Gid Terry went into the air force fro his college ROTC program in 1955, he never planned on making a career of it.  

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    When Gid Terry went into the air force fro his college ROTC program in 1955, he never planned on making a career of it.  

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  • Freedom Fighters: Alonzo Hodgson

    Freedom Fighters: Alonzo Hodgson

    Sunday, July 3 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-07-03 22:33:51 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Alonzo Hodgson was still a teenager when he was involved in two of the fiercest battles of World War Two. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. Two years later, he was hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima on the second day of the invasion.

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    Alonzo Hodgson was still a teenager when he was involved in two of the fiercest battles of World War Two. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. Two years later, he was hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima on the second day of the invasion.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ken Simpson

    Freedom Fighters: Ken Simpson

    Friday, June 24 2016 10:17 PM EDT2016-06-25 02:17:42 GMT
    (Source: Ken Simpson)(Source: Ken Simpson)
    Ken Simpson fought in World War II, even before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Watch his story on this week's Freedom Fighters.  More >>
    Ken Simpson fought in World War II, even before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Watch his story on this week's Freedom Fighters.  More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Sistrunk

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Sistrunk

    Friday, June 10 2016 11:54 PM EDT2016-06-11 03:54:47 GMT
    Dale Sistrunk was a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He shares his story with Joan Hallmark in this week's Freedom Fighters. More >>
    Dale Sistrunk was a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He shares his story with Joan Hallmark in this week's Freedom Fighters. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: David Hammonds

    Freedom Fighters: David Hammonds

    Friday, June 3 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-06-04 03:15:30 GMT
    (Source: David Hammonds)(Source: David Hammonds)

    David Hammonds graduated from Wills Point High School in 2006. He joined the Army in 2007 and after extensive basic training, was sent to Iraq in 2011.

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    David Hammonds graduated from Wills Point High School in 2006. He joined the Army in 2007 and after extensive basic training, was sent to Iraq in 2011.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Howard

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Howard

    Saturday, May 14 2016 12:00 AM EDT2016-05-14 04:00:02 GMT

    Charles "Bo" Howard arrived in Vietnam on July 8, 1965 with the 101st Airborne. He found out what war was really like within the first few days in the country. 

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    Charles "Bo" Howard arrived in Vietnam on July 8, 1965 with the 101st Airborne. He found out what war was really like within the first few days in the country. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Norma Kee

    Freedom Fighters: Norma Kee

    Friday, May 6 2016 11:14 PM EDT2016-05-07 03:14:26 GMT

    At the age of 94, Norma Kee can look back over a lifetime of accomplishments, not the least of which is serving our country in World War II. Norma had just turned 21 when the Women's Army Corps was organized. 

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    At the age of 94, Norma Kee can look back over a lifetime of accomplishments, not the least of which is serving our country in World War II. Norma had just turned 21 when the Women's Army Corps was organized. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Doug Ham

    Freedom Fighters: Doug Ham

    Friday, April 15 2016 9:23 PM EDT2016-04-16 01:23:38 GMT
    (Source: Doug Ham)(Source: Doug Ham)

    Doug Ham arrived in Europe on January 31, 1945. It was the coldest winter on record, with temperatures dipping to 20 below zero.

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    Doug Ham arrived in Europe on January 31, 1945. It was the coldest winter on record, with temperatures dipping to 20 below zero.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Saturday, March 19 2016 8:55 PM EDT2016-03-20 00:55:52 GMT
    (Source: Bill Hardwick)(Source: Bill Hardwick)

    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight, and fight he did, in two wars and a motion picture.

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    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight, and fight he did, in two wars and a motion picture.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Myrle Hall

    Freedom Fighters: Myrle Hall

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:57 PM EST2016-03-12 04:57:46 GMT
    (Source: Myrle Hall)(Source: Myrle Hall)

    Myrle Hall spent twelve and a half years in the Air Force during World War Two and Korea. 

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    Myrle Hall spent twelve and a half years in the Air Force during World War Two and Korea. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Saturday, March 5 2016 9:32 PM EST2016-03-06 02:32:29 GMT
    (Source: Clinton Culpepper)(Source: Clinton Culpepper)

    Clinton Culpepper was nineteen when he joined the navy in October of 1943.

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    Clinton Culpepper was nineteen when he joined the navy in October of 1943.

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  • Freedom Fighters: R.D. Wittner

    Freedom Fighters: R.D. Wittner

    Monday, February 15 2016 1:19 PM EST2016-02-15 18:19:29 GMT
    R.D. Wittner. (Source: KLTV Staff)R.D. Wittner. (Source: KLTV Staff)

    R.D. Wittner's Chinook helicopter was shot down once, and was shot up many times in Vietnam.  

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    R.D. Wittner's Chinook helicopter was shot down once, and was shot up many times in Vietnam.  

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  • Freedom Fighters: James Arriola

    Freedom Fighters: James Arriola

    Friday, February 12 2016 11:49 PM EST2016-02-13 04:49:15 GMT
  • Freedom Fighters: Ivy Raborn

    Freedom Fighters: Ivy Raborn

    Friday, January 29 2016 10:45 PM EST2016-01-30 03:45:47 GMT
    The Korean War, which lasted from June 25, 1950 until June 27, 1953, is often called "The Forgotten War." But to the families of the 33,652 servicemen who lost their lives in Korea, it's a war that will never be forgotten. More >>

    The Korean War, which lasted from June 25, 1950 until June 27, 1953, is often called "The Forgotten War." But to the families of the 33,652 servicemen who lost their lives in Korea, it's a war that will never be forgotten.

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  • Freedom Fighters: David Holland

    Freedom Fighters: David Holland

    Sunday, January 24 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-01-24 21:22:51 GMT

    David Holland had only been married three weeks when he was shipped to Vietnam in September of 1968. He was determined to return home to his bride, but found out staying alive in the Vietnam War was easier said than done.

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    David Holland had only been married three weeks when he was shipped to Vietnam in September of 1968. He was determined to return home to his bride, but found out staying alive in the Vietnam War was easier said than done.

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  • Freedom Fighters: The Veterans Plaza

    Freedom Fighters: The Veterans Plaza

    Friday, January 1 2016 11:45 PM EST2016-01-02 04:45:46 GMT
    The Veterans Plaza in Longview honors veterans of all wars, all branches, and all generations.    More >>

    The Veterans Plaza in Longview honors veterans of all wars, all branches, and all generations.   

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  • Freedom Fighters: J.L. Kirkpatrick

    Freedom Fighters: J.L. Kirkpatrick

    Friday, December 11 2015 11:30 PM EST2015-12-12 04:30:43 GMT
    More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building on six continents and more than 300 islands in the PacificMore >>

    More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building on six continents and more than 300 islands in the Pacific

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  • Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Saturday, December 5 2015 5:23 PM EST2015-12-05 22:23:57 GMT
    East Texans share their firsthand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. More >>

    East Texans share their firsthand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Helen Shoop and Johnny Lightfoot

    Freedom Fighters: Helen Shoop and Johnny Lightfoot

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:58 PM EST2015-11-21 04:58:47 GMT
    Helen Shoop was living in her native state of Pennsylvania when she joined the Women's Army Corps, or WACs, in 1943.More >>

    Helen Shoop was living in her native state of Pennsylvania when she joined the Women's Army Corps, or WACs, in 1943.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Amy Amerson

    Freedom Fighters: Amy Amerson

    Saturday, November 7 2015 12:50 PM EST2015-11-07 17:50:23 GMT
    Amy Amerson was in nurses training on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. More >>
    Amy Amerson was in nurses training on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: J.C. Baucher

    Freedom Fighters: J.C. Baucher

    Friday, October 30 2015 11:59 PM EDT2015-10-31 03:59:01 GMT

    "I made a commitment to the Air Force when I was seventeen," J.C. Baucher, said. "Then you could go into the Navy or Marines at 17, but you couldn't go into the Army or Air Force until you were 18."

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    "I made a commitment to the Air Force when I was seventeen," J.C. Baucher, said. "Then you could go into the Navy or Marines at 17, but you couldn't go into the Army or Air Force until you were 18."

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  • Freedom Fighters: Boots Brooks

    Freedom Fighters: Boots Brooks

    Sunday, October 25 2015 5:22 PM EDT2015-10-25 21:22:50 GMT
    Before Boots Brooks joined the Navy in 1942, he had never even been on a ship, but he learned fast what life aboard ship could be during war.More >>
    Before Boots Brooks joined the Navy in 1942, he had never even been on a ship, but he learned fast what life aboard ship could be during war.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Grandstaff

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Grandstaff

    Monday, October 19 2015 12:38 PM EDT2015-10-19 16:38:06 GMT
    Around Overton, TX, Dale Grandstaff is known as "the Sign Man." It's a service Grandstaff has been doing for his community for more than 30 years.More >>
    Around Overton, TX, Dale Grandstaff is known as "the Sign Man." It's a service Grandstaff has been doing for his community for more than 30 years.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Nick Sciarrini

    Freedom Fighters: Nick Sciarrini

    Sunday, October 11 2015 6:07 PM EDT2015-10-11 22:07:48 GMT
    Nick Sciarrini joined the Navy as a hospital recruit, which led to a lifetime in medicine. Sciarrini had liked his health and biology classes in high school so much, he decided a career in medicine was the path he should take.More >>
    Nick Sciarrini joined the Navy as a hospital recruit, which led to a lifetime in medicine. Sciarrini had liked his health and biology classes in high school so much, he decided a career in medicine was the path he should take.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: USS Bollinger reunion

    Freedom Fighters: USS Bollinger reunion

    Saturday, October 3 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-10-03 04:09:24 GMT
    On December 7, 1944, a group of young men, still in their teens boarded the USS Bollinger on their way to war.More >>
    On December 7, 1944, a group of young men, still in their teens boarded the USS Bollinger on their way to war.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Putnam

    Freedom Fighters: George Putnam

    Sunday, September 27 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-09-27 22:05:34 GMT
    George Putnam joined the Marine Corps when he was 17 and still in high school, but he says in the jungles of Vietnam, he grew up fast.More >>
    George Putnam joined the Marine Corps when he was 17 and still in high school, but he says in the jungles of Vietnam, he grew up fast.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The American Freedom Museum

    Freedom Fighters: The American Freedom Museum

    Sunday, September 20 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-09-20 20:59:52 GMT
    The Purple Heart is our nation's oldest military medal. It is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed in action.More >>
    The Purple Heart is our nation's oldest military medal. It is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed in action.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Walter Winn

    Freedom Fighters: Walter Winn

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 6:10 PM EDT2015-09-16 22:10:39 GMT
    Piloting an airplane was the last thing left on Walter Winn's "bucket list." He'd served in the Navy, had a successful career, married and raised a family, and traveled extensively.More >>
    Piloting an airplane was the last thing left on Walter Winn's "bucket list." He'd served in the Navy, had a successful career, married and raised a family, and traveled extensively.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Henry Pendergrass

    Freedom Fighters: Henry Pendergrass

    Friday, August 21 2015 11:21 PM EDT2015-08-22 03:21:06 GMT
    Henry Pendergrass of Tyler, Texas, was only on active duty for six months during World War II. But during that time, he was involved in one of the war's longest and most ferocious battles, the Battle of Okinawa.More >>
    Henry Pendergrass of Tyler, Texas, was only on active duty for six months during World War II. But during that time, he was involved in one of the war's longest and most ferocious battles, the Battle of Okinawa.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters:John Rappazzo

    Freedom Fighters:John Rappazzo

    Friday, August 14 2015 9:45 PM EDT2015-08-15 01:45:12 GMT
    John Rappazzo of Longview, Texas, tried to join the Navy when he was only sixteen, soon after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Although he was turned away because of his age, he did join at eighteen and spent eighteen months aboard the destroyer the "U.S.S. Healey.More >>
    John Rappazzo of Longview, Texas, tried to join the Navy when he was only sixteen, soon after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Although he was turned away because of his age, he did join at eighteen and spent eighteen months aboard the destroyer the "U.S.S. Healey.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Johns 'Johnny' Clark

    Freedom Fighters: Johns 'Johnny' Clark

    Friday, July 17 2015 9:53 PM EDT2015-07-18 01:53:29 GMT
    Johns "Johnny" Clark of Gresham, Texas,  joined the Navy the day after high school graduation in May of 1942.  Four weeks later, he was a Signalman aboard the U,S,S, Wade Hampton, guarding a convoy crossing the North Atlantic.More >>
    Johns "Johnny" Clark of Gresham, Texas,  joined the Navy the day after high school graduation in May of 1942.  Four weeks later, he was a Signalman aboard the U,S,S, Wade Hampton, guarding a convoy crossing the North Atlantic.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Richard Fountain

    Freedom Fighters: Richard Fountain

    Friday, July 10 2015 10:31 PM EDT2015-07-11 02:31:40 GMT
    Richard Fountain found out on his very first mission that driving an APC was one of the most dangerous jobs in Vietnam.More >>
    Richard Fountain found out on his very first mission that driving an APC was one of the most dangerous jobs in Vietnam.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: David Applewhite

    Freedom Fighters: David Applewhite

    Friday, June 26 2015 10:27 PM EDT2015-06-27 02:27:35 GMT
    David Applewhite joined the Air Force in 1968 after a friend was killed in Vietnam. ..More >>
    David Applewhite joined the Air Force in 1968 after a friend was killed in Vietnam. ..More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: B.C. Selden

    Freedom Fighters: B.C. Selden

    Friday, June 19 2015 11:39 PM EDT2015-06-20 03:39:50 GMT
    B.C. Selden of Gilmer, Texas, flew twelve combat missions as a navigator and bombardier in a B-25 Bomber during World War II.More >>
    B.C. Selden of Gilmer, Texas, flew twelve combat missions as a navigator and bombardier in a B-25 Bomber during World War II.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The Patriot Guard

    Freedom Fighters: The Patriot Guard

    Friday, June 12 2015 9:53 PM EDT2015-06-13 01:53:06 GMT
    The Huey helicopter in the Brookhill School's Freedom Museum brings back a flood of memories for Steve Conger and John Bradberry. Even though the Vietnam War itself was bad enough, Bradberry was a transfer medic in Vietnam, and Conger trained officers, many of whom never came back from war. More >>
    The Huey helicopter in the Brookhill School's Freedom Museum brings back a flood of memories for Steve Conger and John Bradberry. Even though the Vietnam War itself was bad enough, Bradberry was a transfer medic in Vietnam, and Conger trained officers, many of whom never came back from war. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Mullins

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Mullins

    Friday, June 5 2015 9:15 PM EDT2015-06-06 01:15:43 GMT
    Bill Mullins of Mineola, Texas, joined the navy at age 17. He was right out of high school. More >>
    Bill Mullins of Mineola, Texas, joined the navy at age 17. He was right out of high school. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Lawrence Robinson

    Freedom Fighters: Lawrence Robinson

    Friday, May 29 2015 11:21 PM EDT2015-05-30 03:21:41 GMT
    Lawrence Robinson, of Chandler, joined the Army Air Corps in April 1943. He arrived in the Pacific early in 1945 and flew 35 combat missions as a co-pilot in a B-24 "Liberator", primarily on bombing missions before troop landings on the Pacific Islands.More >>
    Lawrence Robinson, of Chandler, joined the Army Air Corps in April 1943. He arrived in the Pacific early in 1945 and flew 35 combat missions as a co-pilot in a B-24 "Liberator", primarily on bombing missions before troop landings on the Pacific Islands.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Hank Kastrop

    Freedom Fighters: Hank Kastrop

    Thursday, May 21 2015 6:27 PM EDT2015-05-21 22:27:44 GMT
    Even though Hank Kastrop's degree in Petroleum Engineering provided him with an automatic exemption in World War II, he wanted to get into the fight, so he applied for Navy Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to "Underwater Harbor Detection."More >>
    Even though Hank Kastrop's degree in Petroleum Engineering provided him with an automatic exemption in World War II, he wanted to get into the fight, so he applied for Navy Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to "Underwater Harbor Detection."More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Pete Vasil

    Freedom Fighters: Pete Vasil

    Friday, May 15 2015 10:30 PM EDT2015-05-16 02:30:58 GMT
    Not only has the battle for the tiny Pacific island of Pelilu been described as "the most difficult battle of World War II," the island itself has been called "The Forgotten Corner of Hell." Pete Vasil of Longview, Texas, was to find there were many reasons for both.More >>
    Not only has the battle for the tiny Pacific island of Pelilu been described as "the most difficult battle of World War II," the island itself has been called "The Forgotten Corner of Hell." Pete Vasil of Longview, Texas, was to find there were many reasons for both.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Regas

    Freedom Fighters: George Regas

    Friday, May 8 2015 8:52 PM EDT2015-05-09 00:52:50 GMT
    At the age of 18, George Regas of Whitehouse, Texas, arrived with the 27th Battalion of "the Fighting Seabees," just in time for the last big battle of World War Two: The Battle of Okinawa.More >>
    At the age of 18, George Regas of Whitehouse, Texas, arrived with the 27th Battalion of "the Fighting Seabees," just in time for the last big battle of World War Two: The Battle of Okinawa.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Gary Kidwell

    Freedom Fighters: Gary Kidwell

    Friday, May 1 2015 9:40 PM EDT2015-05-02 01:40:54 GMT
    Gary Kidwell lived through rocket and sniper attacks in Vietnam, only to have his life shortened by exposure to Agent Orange."I had two to six months, and that was a month ago, so now it's one to five," Kidwell said.More >>
    Gary Kidwell lived through rocket and sniper attacks in Vietnam, only to have his life shortened by exposure to Agent Orange."I had two to six months, and that was a month ago, so now it's one to five," Kidwell said.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Hodges

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Hodges

    Saturday, April 25 2015 12:34 AM EDT2015-04-25 04:34:41 GMT
    Jim Hodges was aboard a tanker, one of the most dangerous places to be during World War II.More >>
    Jim Hodges was aboard a tanker, one of the most dangerous places to be during World War II.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charlie Fant

    Freedom Fighters: Charlie Fant

    Friday, April 17 2015 9:35 PM EDT2015-04-18 01:35:46 GMT
    Charlie Fant says when he joined the Navy in April of 1943, he volunteered to kill or be killed. In the thirteen major battles he was part of, there chances for both.Charlie Fant learned in the very first of his battles in the South Pacific that his prediction of "kill or be killed." could easily come true.More >>
    Charlie Fant says when he joined the Navy in April of 1943, he volunteered to kill or be killed. In the thirteen major battles he was part of, there chances for both.Charlie Fant learned in the very first of his battles in the South Pacific that his prediction of "kill or be killed." could easily come true.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Snow

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Snow

    Saturday, April 11 2015 12:00 AM EDT2015-04-11 04:00:29 GMT
    Jim Snow knows all about the "Charlie model," and other helicopter models flown in Vietnam during the sixteen years from 1959 to 1975, that the Vietnam War lasted.More >>
    Jim Snow knows all about the "Charlie model," and other helicopter models flown in Vietnam during the sixteen years from 1959 to 1975, that the Vietnam War lasted.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Harrelson

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Harrelson

    Friday, April 3 2015 9:32 PM EDT2015-04-04 01:32:31 GMT
    Dale Harrelson, who served in Vietnam in the Quartermaster Corps from October 1970 to October 1971, describes what he calls his 'angel story.'More >>
    Dale Harrelson, who served in Vietnam in the Quartermaster Corps from October 1970 to October 1971, describes what he calls his 'angel story.'More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Louis Dumas

    Freedom Fighters: Louis Dumas

    Friday, March 6 2015 10:58 PM EST2015-03-07 03:58:13 GMT
    Lying about his age, Louis Dumas of Henderson, Texas, joined the Navy at the age of fourteen in 1942. More >>
    Lying about his age, Louis Dumas of Henderson, Texas, joined the Navy at the age of fourteen in 1942. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Frank McBride

    Freedom Fighters: Frank McBride

    Friday, February 27 2015 10:50 PM EST2015-02-28 03:50:49 GMT
    Frank McBride in uniform. (Source: Frank McBride)Frank McBride in uniform. (Source: Frank McBride)
    It was the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that Frank McBride went to the nearest recruitment office and joined the U.S. Air Corps.More >>
    It was the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that Frank McBride went to the nearest recruitment office and joined the U.S. Air Corps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Friday, February 20 2015 9:17 PM EST2015-02-21 02:17:15 GMT
    Earl Downey was only 19 when he was assigned to pilot a B-24 Liberator in World War II.His crew of ten were all teenagers with only six months of training. More >>
    Earl Downey was only 19 when he was assigned to pilot a B-24 Liberator in World War II.His crew of ten were all teenagers with only six months of training. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jesse Casady

    Freedom Fighters: Jesse Casady

    Friday, February 13 2015 8:35 PM EST2015-02-14 01:35:17 GMT
    During his ninety-five years of life, Jesse Casady made history for our country in both war and in peace.Casady, as a member of the U.S. Air Corps, arrived on Normandy Beach on June 26,1944.More >>
    During his ninety-five years of life, Jesse Casady made history for our country in both war and in peace.Casady, as a member of the U.S. Air Corps, arrived on Normandy Beach on June 26,1944.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Smith

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Smith

    Friday, February 6 2015 10:40 PM EST2015-02-07 03:40:03 GMT
    Charles Smith shares his story with Joan Hallmark (Source: KLTV News Staff)Charles Smith shares his story with Joan Hallmark (Source: KLTV News Staff)
    Charles Smith of Tyler, Texas, joined the Navy in 1967 because he wanted to serve his country. That meant two tours of duty aboard the USS Turner Joy along the Vietnam coastline.More >>
    Charles Smith of Tyler, Texas, joined the Navy in 1967 because he wanted to serve his country. That meant two tours of duty aboard the USS Turner Joy along the Vietnam coastline.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Allan Harris

    Freedom Fighters: Allan Harris

    Friday, December 26 2014 8:14 PM EST2014-12-27 01:14:27 GMT
     Allan Harris joined the Navy as an eighteen year old in 1942, not because he wanted to sail ships, but because he wanted to fly. More >>
     Allan Harris joined the Navy as an eighteen year old in 1942, not because he wanted to sail ships, but because he wanted to fly. 
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  • Freedom Fighters: C.D. Gilbert

    Freedom Fighters: C.D. Gilbert

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:10:05 GMT
    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:14:16 GMT
    When C.D. Gilbert talks about his service in World War II, he says that although he's never pulled a trigger on a single individual, he's “helped kill more than a million people."More >>
    When C.D. Gilbert talks about his service in World War II, he says that although he's never pulled a trigger on a single individual, he's “helped kill more than a million people."
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  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Snyder

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Snyder

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:27:13 GMT
    Friday, August 22 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:00:30 GMT
    Charles Snyder (Source: Family)Charles Snyder (Source: Family)
    Charles Snyder's five Battle Stars only begin to the tell the story of his odyssey through North Africa and Italy in World War II.More >>
    Charles Snyder's five Battle Stars only begin to the tell the story of his odyssey through North Africa and Italy in World War II.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Victor Zillmer

    Freedom Fighters: Victor Zillmer

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:08:37 GMT
    Friday, August 15 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:08:37 GMT
    In spite of a Master's Degree and teaching opportunities, Victor Zillmer joined the Army in 1981. He retired thirty years later as a Lt. Colonel after nineteen deployments.More >>
    In spite of a Master's Degree and teaching opportunities, Victor Zillmer joined the Army in 1981. He retired thirty years later as a Lt. Colonel after nineteen deployments.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Shirley McKeller

    Freedom Fighters: Shirley McKeller

    Friday, January 30 2015 11:16 PM EST2015-01-31 04:16:38 GMT
    Shirley McKeller served 18 years in the U.S. Army as a nurse. More >>
    Shirley McKeller served 18 years in the U.S. Army as a nurse. More >>

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