(This post originally appeared at Pocket Full of Liberty on May 25, 2014. As that site is no longer active, I have relocated it here, as this is something I don’t want to lose)
Memorial Day is the holiday on which we recognize the sacrifice of life by the American warrior in combat, regardless of who they were, where they were slain, and why they were sent to fight, and remember the debt owed to all of them by the rest of us. Continue reading The American Deficit of Victory→
The Saturday “relaunch” of TFH will get the program “back to basics” as it were. I will be recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, November 14-18, 1965, which was the first time American forces faced off against the People’s Army of Vietnam in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The highlight of tonight’s show will be my interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Joe Marm, who graciously gave me some of his time on Friday, November 13, 2015. We’ll also hear the stories of the two other Ia Drang Medal of Honor recipients, Bruce Crandall and Ed Freeman, other high valour award recipients, and other historical aspects to the battle, including the fight at Landing Zone (LZ) “Albany” – which many don’t know about as it didn’t make it into the movie We Were Soldiers. There’s even a connection between the Ia Drang and September 11, 2001 that everyone should know.
Then, I’ll be discussing the latest on Friday, November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, reportedly at the hands of the Islamic State. We’ll recap the latest news, probably get a little bit Churchillian, and talk about the possibility of parallels between our current situation in the Middle East and Vietnam of fifty years ago.
I’ll also open up the phones at some point, so listen for call in instructions! I’ve even got some new show music from Breakaway Patriot and Gareth Emery!
It all starts at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific TONIGHT. Please tune in!
And here’s the replay! The interview with Colonel Marm was fantastic, as well as the rest of the show!
First, I’ll be welcoming Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) to the guest’s chair. Noah is the newest member of the team at HotAir.com, one of my absolute favorite and go-to news and commentary blogs. HotAir’s Ed Morrissey and Jazz Shaw are TFH guest alumni, so it will be great to hear from Noah as well! Most of our conversation will probably be dominated by the situation in Iraq, on which Noah has written extensively, but as he posts up a storm at HotAir, really everything is on the table!
One of my goals for Their Finest Hour has always been to give opportunities for new voices to be heard. This past Thursday-Saturday was Erick Erickson’s Red State Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas. I wasn’t able to attend, but in hour two we’ll get a feel for the event by welcoming VLR first-timer Katie “Red Pickle”, who you’ll find on Twitter as @redsoutrage! I’m curious to see what the mood there was like as this should have been much less of an “establishment” event than say, CPAC. Plus, I need to hear about all the parties I missed. Katie’s a favorite of mine, and desires as much as I do to get out of our “echo chamber”, per her Twitter bio:
If we only focus on the things that divide us, we fail to see things that unite us. We need to stop letting them divide us, we are stronger together.
And who knows? Maybe we’ll open up the phones too!
Well – open phones didn’t happen (upgrade Skype, Katie 😉 ) but we did have a great show! Here’s the replay, and as always, you can click “Spreaker” in the player to download an MP3 copy for offline listening:
UPDATE: Replay Added!!I’m back live tonight on Vigilant Liberty Radio after my one week off for my son’s trip to camp with the Cub Scouts! Tonight’s guest will be HotAir.com‘s Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey)! We’ll have a round-up of whatever is breaking news from today, plus talk on the Cantor aftermath and GOP House leadership shake-up, the deteriorating situation in Iraq, the IRS scandal, Hillary Clinton’s cratering book launch, and more!
It’s a double shot of awesomeness with Richard Grenell from Fox News AND Mary Chastain from Breitbart scheduled to join Taylor to talk the ever changing situations in Iraq and Ukraine. In Iraq, the government is turning to longtime enemy Iran for help against ISIS and the U.S. is evacuating its embassy. The Ukrainian government failed to reach a gas agreement with Russia and EU and there may be evidence of Russia trying to keep the region unstable.
As always, thank you for your support and listenership, and please keep the Facebook “likes” coming for both VLR and TFH, and the follows for @VigilantLiberty and @TFHBlogAndShow on Twitter!
Some might say November 20, 1981 was a date that destiny was set in motion. That day was the 206th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. It also was the day Jason Lee Dunham was born in Scio, New York. Jason grew up as a huge fan of the New York Yankees and played basketball in high school.
After graduating from Scio High School in 2000, Dunham enlisted in the Marines. He completed recruit training in October of the same year, and was eventually posted as part of the Marine security force at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia where he served until 2003. Dunham joined the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in September 2003 when the battalion returned to the United States from their combat service during the invasion of Iraq. The unit would deploy for their second combat tour in February 2004 with the 1st Marine Division.