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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
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Lao Soldiers: The Fight Continues

Lao Soldiers: The Fight Continues



Minnesota is home to a large number of Lao and Hmong warriors. In their homeland, they were recruited and trained by the CIA as part of its secret war and resettled in Minnesota after the war. Despite being credited with aiding the US, they are still pushing for recognition and veterans benefits

Don’t Talk About It

Don’t Talk About It

Double Purple Heart recipient Bruce Nordan has chosen to remain tight-lipped about his combat experience in Korea. In some cases, even wives and children of veterans who served don’t know much about their wartime experiences.


Korean Veterans: Chapter One

Korean Veterans: Chapter One

Some of Minnesota’s Korean War veterans have found friendship and camaraderie with one another, many decades after their years of service ended. Kevyn Burger has the story of a group that has been meeting monthly for many years, bonded by their common experience.


Battle Nightmares

Battle Nightmares

Many Korean War veterans who returned home from a conflict that was not popular got the message that people did not want to hear their stories. They also came from a generation taught to remain stoic about hardships and grief. For veteran Larry Dittel, the time has come to break silence


A Voice From Home

A Voice From Home

The men and women who fought in the Korean War are elders now, but many of them were teenagers or young adults when they were called to serve. James Dwyer was stationed on a ship and admitted that he was missing Minnesota when he heard an unexpected voice from home.


Farewell Friends

Farewell Friends

Today, the veterans who served in the Korean War are dwindling in number.
The survivors, who are now in their 80’s and 90’s, still have stories to tell. Today, they often connect when one of the brethren is laid to rest.


Veterans’ Voices Korea: Paratrooper Overgaard’s Service in Korea

Veterans’ Voices Korea: Paratrooper Overgaard’s Service in Korea

Paratrooper Paul Overgaard shares his experience jumping out of planes into enemy territory during the Korean War. Kevyn Burger talks with the Veteran about his memories during his service.


Veterans’ Voices Korea: Return to Korea

Veterans’ Voices Korea: Return to Korea

The government of South Korea has invited many Korean War Veterans to return and visit their country, to see how it is doing now, decades later, and to express their gratitude. Kevyn Burger has the story.


Veterans’ Voices Korea: Jack Haugen’s Memories

Veterans’ Voices Korea: Jack Haugen’s Memories

Veteran Jack Haugen explains why he re-enlisted after serving in World War II and served in the army again in the Korean War. Here’s Kevyn Burger with Mr. Haugen.


Veterans’ Voices Korea: Camp Bow Wow

Veterans’ Voices Korea: Camp Bow Wow

During the Korean War, some soldiers were selected to be dog handlers. Reporter Kevyn Burger shares the story of Veteran Roger Davis, age 92, about his wartime canine partner.


Veterans’ Voices Korea: The Korean Era

Veterans’ Voices Korea: The Korean Era

Service in the Korean War spanned from June 25th, 1950, to January 31st, 1955.
Kevyn Burger talks with Veterans about the Korean Era and who fought and where they were stationed around the world.


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