The Warrior Next Door Podcast

The Warrior Next Door Podcast

We explore the oral histories of World War II veterans from interviews conducted by your hosts Tony Lupo and Ryan Fairfield. We play selected clips from these veteran interviews to explore their experiences in their own words with the hosts providing compelling commentary and historical context. Be ready to get some mud on your boots!

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September 15, 2021 36 min

In this, the inaugural episode of the Warrior Next Door podcast, we feature Mr. Alan  Senior. Mr. Senior was a  B-24 Waist Gunner during World War II. In this first episode of the 4 part series, we will hear how Mr. Senior enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, went through training and traveled to England to the base where he would be stationed.

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Episode 4 of 4 in the Alan Senior series. In this episode we hear about Alan‘s transition back to civilian life after his time in Europe. We also hear how his experiences in the war impacted him in his life.

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In Episode 2 of 4, we hear about Mr. Senior’s first missions as a B-24 Waist Gunner for the 446th Bomb Group stationed in England.

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Episode 3 of 4 in the Alan Senior Series. In this episode we hear more about Alan’s experiences as a B-24 Waist Gunner in the European Theater of Operations.

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In this series, we follow WWII Marine Corporal Harvey Hunt as Fire Team Leader in Company F of the 2nd Battalion 23rd Regiment of the 4th Marine Division as he invades four islands throughout the Pacific Theater. In this episode, Cpl Hunt  describes his enlistment, training, adjustment to USMC life and his first battle: the invasion of Roi-Namur on the Kwajalein atoll. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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In this episode, we continue with USMC Cpl Harvey Hunt as he takes us along with him in the WWII invasion of the Pacific islands of Saipan and Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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In this episode, USMC Cpl Harvey Hunt continues to describe the action he encountered on the islands of Saipan and Tinian.  He also describes being wounded in action and his odyssey to get to an aid station. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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 In this episode of the Harvey Hunt series, Harvey chronicles his recovery from his wound in Hawaii and getting to spend some time with his father. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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In this episode of the Harvey Hunt series, Harvey describes his return to combat in the invasion of Iwo Jima. He also describes the haunting premonitions some fellow Marines would have as well as his impressions of the new B-29 Super Fortress as it began being based on the very islands he invaded and secured. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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In this episode of the Harvey Hunt series, Cpl Hunt details the action on Iwo Jima as his Fire Team landed in the first wave on invasion beach Yellow #2, with their objective of capturing the Japanese airstrip Motoyama #1. WARNING: Some listeners may find the content disturbing.

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In episode 7 of the 8 part Harvey Hunt series, Cpl Hunt  continues to discuss the heavy fighting on Iwo Jima and his observations of the random nature of battle.

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In this final episode in the Harvey Hunt series, Cpl Hunt reflects on his time in the Marine Corps, going home and transitioning to life as a civilian.

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October 20, 2021 1 min

A short 90 sec preview of the next series featuring Sgt Eldon Ross of the 275th Field Artillery who was retrained as a half track driver during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.

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In this series we follow Sgt Eldon Ross of the 275th Field Artillery Battalion as he fights across Europe. In this episode we hear about Eldon’s experience traveling across the Atlantic and arriving in Le Havre, France on Thanksgiving day 1944 then being quickly retrained to drive a half track at the outbreak of the Battle of the Bulge. 

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In Episode 2 Eldon discusses his experience being quickly retrained to help combat the last ditch German offensive in winter 1944/45 called the Battle of the Bulge. Join us now as we hear about Eldon entering combat for the first time and his experiences fighting and coordinating artillery strikes.

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In this final episode in the Eldon Ross series, we hear about Eldon being wounded in action in the wars final days, his recovery and his experience post war attending the Nuremberg trials.

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November 11, 2021 1 min

A short preview of the next series following black Army Cook Cpl Wyvon Griffin as he serves at the Pampa Texas Army Air base and experiences both racism and acceptance from some surprising sources.

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In this Series, we follow Cpl Wyvon Griffin, a black cook in the US Army as he details his experiences being stationed in the Texas Panhandle during WWII. Cpl Griffin discusses the racism he encountered while in the service and the solidarity and support he experienced from the US Army.

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November 18, 2021 55 sec

Could it be possible that the US gave Japan the idea for the kamikaze? This is one possibility that we explore as we feature Cpl Dorothy Gibbons of the WAVES as she served at the Navy air base in Clinton, OK during WWII. While serving here she supported a top secret program that we have all heard of today. Please join us for a fascinating story of city girl meets rural Oklahoma.

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Welcome to episode 1 of 3 of the Cpl Dorothy Gibbons series on the Warrior Next Door podcast. In this episode we learn about Dorothy’s experience seeing her fiancée ship off to Africa in the Army and how rationing and civil defense drills affected her family’s lifestyle. 

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