Stories of Sacrifice - WW2 American POW/MIAs Podcast

Stories of Sacrifice - WW2 American POW/MIAs Podcast

Stories of Sacrifice Podcast are interviews with families of our Nation's POW/MIAs who are currently buried as Unknown in our National Cemeteries or still listed as Missing in Action. These families are trying to get their MIA loved one identified through DNA. This is a production of the US POW/MIA Family Locating. Please consider supporting us!... Show More

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June 26, 2020 16 min

Wrong remains buried by the wrong family.
ANOTHER MISIDENTIFICATION – THE CASE OF PFC JUAN F. GUTIERREZ.
Mistakes are a fact of life. What counts is the response to errors. Ever wonder why the U.S. Government does NOT want to identify the missing from World War II? Listen Now.

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Private Arthur H. “Bud” Kelder, First Unknown Returned to his Family
   
Bud’s story is typical of those who died in the Cabanatuan POW camp after surviving the Bataan Death March. He was the first of more than 300 Unknowns to be returned to his family. Why is the Department of Defense dragging their feet on returning all of them?

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Nininger Part 5 – Hell Hath No Fury Like a Confused Bureaucrat

THE ARMY HAD A PROBLEM. THE PUBLIC WANTED TO KNOW WHERE THEIR HERO WAS AND A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON.

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This is a series of articles written by our friends at BataanMissing.com about the 1st MoH recipient of WW2 who is still listed as MIA in the Philippines and his family's fight with our own Government to bring Sandy home for a proper, respectful burial and the Honor he deserves.   

Part 1 - Remains of Medal of Honor Recipient Not Identified Because Army Can’t Unscrew Their Screwup 1LT Alexander “Sandy” Nininger was consigned to ...

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Major Zachariah Fike - Zac is currently an Active Duty Army Infantry Major with over 22 years of service to his country, both as an enlisted man and officer. He has combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, participated in multi-national operations in Macedonia, counter drug operations on the Mexican border, and taken part in numerous emergency response efforts in the United States. He has served as a Company Commander three time...

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1st LT Ira Cheaney’s remains were identified, then misplaced, then buried at West Point. Then the Army buried the report that showed they had buried the wrong remains. Part 2 in a series of stories researched and written by our friends at BataanMissing.com.

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Over the next few weeks and months we are bringing you a series of stories researched and written by our friends at BataanMissing.com. From casualties to cover ups at all levels of our government and newly declassified documents that just might shed some light on a 70 year mystery, with the hope it may bring a few more of our Nation’s Missing in Action heroes home.

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Last Letters Home - featuring letters that were written home by three POW/MIA's who died in the Philippines during WW2.

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On today’s Stories of Sacrifice we will be discussing a very heroic POW/MIA who was awarded our Country's second highest combat valor award, the Distinguished Service Cross. 

Major James J. O’Donovan was the Executive Officer of the 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment. Major O’Donovan led by example on the front lines during the ill-fated defense of the Philippines. 

Always packing three pistols, he proved to be an inspiring le...

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1st Lt. Carol I. Cahoon grew up in a ranching family on the range land of Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho National Guard and later joined the US Army in California. 1st LT Cahoon was assigned to the 26th Cavalry Regiment, one of the Officers in charge of the Scout Car Platoon. The Scout Car Platoon was responsible for the transportation of men and supplies using light armored cars and trucks. Unfortunately 1st LT Cahoon was Kil...

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 PVT Israel Goldberg was born in Massachusetts, the son of Russian immigrants who served with the Hq Squadron, 24th Pursuit Gp, US Army Air Corps in the Philippines at the outbreak of WW2. When the Philippines was attacked by the Japanese, PVT Goldberg was then assigned to the Provisional Air Corps Infantry, an infantry unit of airmen retrained as Infantry soldiers who fought on the front lines in the defense of Battaan. When the B...

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Seaman First Class Beauran Roy O'Kane was born 29 Dec 1925 to Clyde and Edith (Looney) O’Kane of Kern County California. S1c O’Kane joined the U.S. Navy and was one of 12 members of Patrol Bombing Squadron 106 assigned as the tail gunner aboard PB4Y-2 Privateer. On 1 June 1945 his last mission, they took off from Puerto Princesa Airfield on Palawan Island piloted by Commander Howard F. Mears on a routine patrol, photographic re...

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Interview with Timothy L. Porter who helped support the family compile the history of Talmadge Smithey who was serving as a member of the US Navy on the USS Canopus in the Philippine Islands when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.
When Japanese attacks on US forces in the Philippines followed in 1942, the USS Canopus was severely damaged and Smithey and his comrades scuttled the ship to prevent it from getting into enemy h...

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This Podcast came about after spending the last 4 years researching hundreds of POW/MIAs who died in the notorious prison camps in the Pacific. I have done this by helping MIA families find the other families to convince them to give their DNA in hopes that one day their loved one will be identified. 

The mission of the Stories of Sacrifice Podcast is to bring you the life story of those who did not make it home to their loved ones ...

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SGT Leonard James McNeill - was born 3 November 1917 in Fairview, Prince Edward Island, Canada to parents William and Margaret (Buchanan) McNeill. The family immigrated to Somerville, MA on 19 August 1923 and later SGT McNeill moved to Florida. 

In 1938 while living in Orlando, FL, Leonard met and married the love of his life, Melba Culbreth. He made a living for his family working as a soda clerk and bartender. Leonard and Melba ha...

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LT Thomas James Eugene Crotty - United States Coast Guard
In this two part episode I will talk about the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.

In todays Part 1 EP - The single US Coast Guardsman who fought valiantly in defense of Bataan and Corregidor but died at Cabanatuan, LT Thomas James Eugene Crotty of Buffalo, NY better known as Jimmy to his close friends and family, was identified earlier this year. 77 Years after his death, LT...
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Buried as an "Unknown" at the Manila American Cemetery - PVT Martin Kunik, served with Company H, 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines at the outbreak of WW2. Martin was captured by the Japanese when General King surrendered the Bataan forces on 9 April 1942. Martin died at the notorious POW Camp Cabanatuan in July 1942.

This is Martin's story of being an immigrant to the US, his ultimate sacrifice for our Freedoms...

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Cabanatuan POW Camp Cemetery
Thousands of United States Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and civilians were taken prisoners of war (POW) by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands between 7 December 1941 and 8 May 1942. The saga of the battle for the Philippines and the horrible treatment the survivors received in Japanese POW camps is the subject of numerous books and articles, but there are few resources that articulate graves registrat...
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T5 Julius St John Knudsen - 194th Tank Batalion
Technician 5th Class Julius St. John Knudsen - Julius was born 3 January 1916, the eldest child of Lewis and Bessie (St. John) Knudsen of Brainerd, Minnesota. He entered the Service at Ft. MacArthur, California last assigned to the 194th Tank Battalion. In late 1941, General Douglas MacArthur made reinforcing the defense of the Philippines, a top priority. The 194th Tank Battalion was ...
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SGT Durrell Tidwell - 200th CAC
SGT Durrell Tidwell - Was born in New Mexico and served with the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment in the Philippines at the outbreak of WW2. He died on 30 July 1942 at POW Camp Cabanatuan and after the war was reburied as an Unknown at the Manila American Cemetery. 

This is his story of Sacrifice to our Country and his family's efforts to get him identified and brought home for a honorable burial nex...

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