Honoring Memorial Day: WASPs, heroic legacies, servicewomen in today's military, life after war, Doolittle Raiders.
May 22, 2015•54 min
WASPs - A long-overlooked group of women who flew noncombat military missions during WWII were known as Women AirForce Service Pilots, or WASPs. Deanie Bishop Parish is a WASP and Associate Director of Wings Across America, an all volunteer non-profit project devoted to telling the story of this brave group of women. She joins us this Memorial Day to talk about her history-making experiences as a "flygirl" during WWII, and the brave women who gave their lives as WASP pilots. Honoring Heroic Legacies - Melvin Morris is a former Green Beret who received the Medal of Honor, over 40 years late, for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. He describes being a part of a group of Hispanic, Jewish and African-American Veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam, who were passed over for the nation's highest honor because of their racial or ethnic background. Servicewomen Today - Tanya Biank is the author of Army Wives, on which the hit TV series is based, and she's traveled the world with the troops as a newspaper reporter. From these experiences, she's written Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military, and explains the effects of lifting the ban on women serving in frontline combat. Cultivating Life After War - Adam Burke is a 36 year-old Purple Heart recipient who was badly injured in Iraq. This soldier-turned-farmer invites veterans - some of them disabled - to work and live on his Veterans Farm in Florida and literally cultivate new lives. Reunions! - Larry Kelley is an organizer, flight leader for the 2012 Doolittle Raiders Reunion, and history buff. Larry shares the important story of the Doolittle Raiders - the mission that was the turning point in World War II. You won't want to miss a minute - join the conversation!