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TFH for Labor Day – Some Greatest Hits!

No live Their Finest Hour this week as I’m taking the Labor Day holiday off. No worries, TFH fans, because this means you’ve got a great opportunity to go back and listen to some programs you may have missed, or that you just want to hear again!

I’ve picked four shows from earlier this year that I’m particularly proud of, and that I particularly enjoyed. Links are to the original show posts, players are embedded here for convenience, and of course, you can click “Spreaker” in any of the players to be taken to the page where you can download MP3 copies for offline listening.

Enjoy the replays, and we’ll catch you back with a new Their Finest Hour on Vigilant Liberty Radio on Monday, September 8th!

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TFH Live, June 9th: A D-Day Tribute

Last Friday, June 6th, was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France at Normandy and the opening of the “second front” against Hitler and Germany in World War II.

Monday’s Their Finest Hour program (June 9) on Vigilant Liberty Radio, starting at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific, is a tribute and is dedicated to, the thousands of men of the Allied Expeditionary Force who executed Operation Overlord, and the other countless thousands of men and women who made it possible. UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!

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Technician 5th Grade John J. Pinder, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

John J. Pinder, Jr. was born outside Pittsburgh in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1912. When he was drafted into the United States Army on January 27, 1942, he was a minor league baseball player.

Pinder’s 32nd birthday was D-Day, June 6, 1944. He celebrated by hitting Omaha Beach in the initial assault waves with the 1st Infantry Division‘s 16th Infantry Regiment.

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First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., USA (June 6, 1944)

Jimmie Waters Monteith, Jr. was born in Low Moor, Virginia on July 1, 1917. He grew up in Richmond, and after graduating from high school, attended Virginia Tech for two years. He left college to take a job as a salesman with the Cabell Coal Company, where his father was a vice president.

Monteith was drafted into the United States Army on October 4, 1941 and immediately showed leadership traits, being promoted to Corporal while still in basic training. He was accepted into Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 1942.

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Private Carlton W. Barrett, USA (June 6, 1944)

Carlton William Barrett was born on November 24, 1919 in Fulton, New York. He enlisted voluntarily in the United States Army on October 29, 1940, about one month before his twenty-first birthday. In civilian life, Barrett had left school after his sophomore year in high school and had been working as a cook.

Little information is available about Barrett’s military experience prior to being part of the 18th Regimental Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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