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Veterans' Voices a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Minnesota service members
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Veterans' Voices: Rochester | Veterans’ Voices is a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Rochester service members. Veterans’ Voices is a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Rochester service members. Hosted by Britt Aamodt Veteran’ Voices is produced by KRPR and Ampers.

Korea | Memories and stories from Minnesota’s Korean War Veterans

Veterans' Voices Korea Podcast | Extended podcast versions of interviews with some of the Minnesota Veterans of the Korean War featured in our radio series Veteran’s Voices Korea. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

World War II | first-hand accounts of what it was like to serve in WWII

Native Warriors | Native American veterans explain why protecting our land and resources is an important part of Native culture and traditions

Vietnam | Stories and memories of Minnesota’s Vietnam veterans

Veterans' Voices Vietnam Podcast | Extended podcast versions of Kevyn Burger’s interviews with some of the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans featured in our radio series

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The Flying Coffin

November 7, 1942: Army Air Forces private Claude Robert was training to be a glider pilot at Fontana School of Aeronautics. What could be so hard about piloting a canvas and plywood craft, even if it was nicknamed the Flying Coffin? Here’s Britt Aamodt.

Japanese Prisoner of War

April 1942: Army corporal Erwin Albert Glaesnapp survived the 85-mile Bataan Death March after his tank unit surrendered. But now he and his fellow survivors had stumbled into something nearly as dangerous—a Japanese POW camp. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

In the Shadow of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941: For four years, Dr. William Judd had been touring the country, warning about the dangers of Imperial Japan. Only today, as his lecture was ending, reports starting coming in from Pearl Harbor that would finally convince everyone. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

The Postal Carrier’s Son

1920: Two years after his son’s death in World War II, Andrew Haggerty, a Rochester postal carrier, had Clarence returned home for a flag-draped funeral. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

Stabbed and Shot

The Korean War was marked by many brutal battles. One highly decorated Minnesota soldier was injured in combat, patched up and then returned to the battlefield —more than once. The late Marvin Pellerin, Senior, who was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shared his story of bravery and survival.

The Long Slog

When the Korean War began, the expectation was that the US involvement would be short and decisive. But the war dragged on far longer than the public and the men sent there to fight had anticipated…and the duty came with a far heavier toll.

Back to Korea

The people of South Korea have long expressed gratitude to the American troops who fought for their freedom during the Korean War. The current government has demonstrated its appreciation by inviting some of the former fighting men to return to see the nation’s modern changes. Two Minnesota veterans who made the trip as honored guests recall their memorable visit.

A Warrior Matures

Peter Razor was abandoned as a baby and became a ward of the state, raised in Minnesota institutions. After being drafted into the Army and stationed in Korea, Razor learned a trade and developed leadership skills that helped him come to terms with his past and prepared him for his future after his service ended

The Dog Handler

During the Korean era, the Army recruited a team of Midwestern farm boys who were comfortable with animals and livestock. They were trained to work with dogs and then patrolled the demilitarized zone with a pack of German shepherds. Roger Davis of Owatonna served at what was known as Camp Bow Wow with a canine called Prince.

“It’s Time I Let Someone Know”

Now in their eighties and nineties, veterans of the Korean War are now more than sixty years away from their military service. One veteran said that some who have been reluctant to relive their wartime memories may now be ready to talk to family members who want to listen.

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