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Veterans' Voices a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Minnesota service members | Supported by the Minnesota Humanities Center
Roger Sayles

The Woman Veteran

The Woman Veteran




Only a small number of the veterans of the Korean War era are women. Ruth Perry originally joined the service during World War 2 but she extended her Army career during the Korean era, with an assignment to support the troops.

The Woman Veteran

The Woman Veteran

Only a small number of the veterans of the Korean War era are women.
Ruth Perry originally joined the service during World War 2 but she extended her Army career during the Korean era, with an assignment to support the troops.


The GI Bill

The GI Bill

What is officially called the Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act is more commonly known as the GI Bill. Established after World War 2, Congress extended the GI Bill to cover Korean War veterans. The benefit allowed many of them to get a college education that would have otherwise been out of the question.


The Veterans’ Wives

The Veterans’ Wives

When a group of Minnesota Korean War veterans began meeting on a monthly basis more than three decades ago, some of their wives tagged along. They’ve continued to gather informally, creating their own friendships and learning how to support their spouses.


The President’s Detail

The President’s Detail

The commander-in-chief during the Korean War was President Harry Truman. Jim Bresnahan, a young Minnesota Air Force officer, was near the seat of power. The Hibbing native had the honor and duty of being assigned to the President as part of his security detail.


Meeting Marilyn

Meeting Marilyn

One of the biggest stars in Hollywood toured military bases in Korea to entertain thousands of lonely US servicemen. One Minnesota veteran remembers his close up view of Marilyn Monroe as she performed in a USO show.


Trudell Guerue – Episode 2

Trudell Guerue – Episode 2

Trudell Guerue, a Lakota who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, speaks about how military service is part of a rich cultural tradition, and how he barely escaped being a combat casualty, after being wounded in Vietnam.


Michael Medina – Episode 3

Michael Medina – Episode 3

Fifty years after his service, veteran Michael Medina returned to Vietnam as a tourist. Medina shares how the journey helped him come to terms with his experiences as a Navy Seabee, after many years of grappling with PTSD before anyone had a name for it.


Valerie Buchan  – Episode 4

Valerie Buchan – Episode 4

Valerie Buchan tells about being recruited by the Army, and serving as the head nurse in an emergency room in Vietnam, caring for soldiers who endured life threatening injuries. After coming home, Buchan became an early supporter of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, devoted to the contributions of military nurses.


Peter Molenda – Episode 5

Peter Molenda – Episode 5

Peter Molenda talks about his assignment in Vietnam as a motion picture photographer, for the Department of Defense’s photo team. His job was to document the positive actions of the US military in the country, but what he saw through his camera’s lens changed his attitude about the war.


Fletcher Hinds – Episode 6

Fletcher Hinds – Episode 6

Former Marine infantry soldier Fletcher Hinds speaks about his own struggles with reintegrating after returning from the war zone. As part of his healing, he’s returned to southeast Asia on humanitarian missions and co-founded a charity that rebuilds the country that was once the enemy.


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