Honoring Those Who Have Served Our Country: The American Entrepreneur Memorial Day Special

Episode #1,505 |

Guests: William Forstchen

It’s an annual tradition on American Entrepreneur Radio, as we put the business talk on hold to honor those who have proudly served our country in a time of war, as part of American Entrepreneur Radio’s Memorial Day Special.  Today, Ron examines the role that Pennsylvania played in the Civil War, as he talks with Mike Kraus, the Curator of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, about why PIttsburgh was such an essential location.  Plus, Ron spends some time with author Bill Forstchen, author of a number of military-themed books, as well as “One Second After”, a harrowing “what if” look at our world in the aftermath of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.  And Ron talks with Lt. Col. Mike Strobl, whose powerful story as one of the military officials charged with returning the bodies of those killed in combat back home to their families was depicted in the critically acclaimed television movie, “Taking Chance” (where Lt. Col. Strobl was portrayed by Kevin Bacon)

Show Segments

Pennsylvania’s Involvement in the Civil War - What You DIDN’T Know
Pennsylvania’s Involvement in the Civil War - What You DIDN’T Know

The State of Pennsylvania boasts a rich military heritage, dating back through the conflicts that have defined American combat history.  This heritage may be no more apparent than during the Civil War.  While many associate Gettysburg as “Ground Zero” when it comes to the defining internal conflict in U.S. history, there’s more to Pennsylvania’s involvement in the Civil War than you may think.  Mike Krous is the Curator of Pittsburgh’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, and as such, his role is to preserve the region’s military heritage, and to educate (and in some cases, reeducate) residents and history buffs alike. Mike talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about his mission, and what you might not know about the Civil War in Pennsylvania.

A Conversation With Military Themed Novelist Bill Forstchen
A Conversation With Military Themed Novelist Bill Forstchen

Guests: William Forstchen

As part of The American Entrepreneur’s annual Memorial Day Special, TAE host Ron Morris talks with writer Bill Forstchen, author of a number of military-themed works of fiction he co-authored with Newt Gingrich, about what goes into the research of his work.

Taking Chance: Inside the Story of Lt. Col. Mike Strobl
Taking Chance: Inside the Story of Lt. Col. Mike Strobl

As part of American Entrepreneur Radio’s Veterans Day Special, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris talks with Mike Strobl, a Marine Lieutenant Colonel who volunteered to accompany the bodies of deceased U.S. soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom back to their American homes. His journal depicting one such journey, that of PFC Chance Phelps, killed in April 2004, became a Made-for-HBO movie, “Taking Chance”, starring Kevin Bacon as Strobl.

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