Richard Sawyer - U.S. Army 1969-70

Richard Sawyer served in the U.S. Army as a dog handler and was deployed to Vietnam with his dog in 1970 walking point and using the dog to sniff out the North Vietnamese. “I never pulled my trigger when I was over in Vietnam,” Richard said. “I never aimed at the enemy. I didn’t want to kill anybody. I didn’t believe in war, number one. I always believed, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ There shouldn’t be any exceptions to that.” After returning home from Vietnam and attending college the war finally caught up with him. Today Richard is retired and writing poetry to help express his PTSD and help us all better understand the "Soldier's Heart".

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Telly Antona - U.S. Army 1991-97

Telly Antona joined the U.S. Army while she was still in High School on the Army's delayed entry program and served 6 years and an additional year in the reserves. Telly served in the motor pool at Camp Kyle Korea and with central issues, supplying all the personnel at Fort Campbell KY for the 101st Airborne. Telly currently is involved with Habitat for Humanity and also a group of younger Veterans Net Gen in Vero Beach FL.

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Marty Zickert - U.S. Air Force 1962-92

Marty Zickert is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who spent over 30 years in the Air Force and Tennessee National Guard. Col. Zickert worked in Strategic Air Command (SAC) and flew as a navigator aboard KC-135 KC 135 tankers, RC135s, C124s and flew F4 fighters during the Vietnam War. After the Vietnam War Col. Zickert continued to work for SAC with the U.S. Military's strategic nuclear strike forces in the Philippines, Germany and United States.

This video was produced by The Rowlinson Media Group, VERO BEACH, FL.

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Peter M. F. Sichel - U.S. Army, OSS/CIA 1941-59

Peter M. F. Sichel's childhood was interrupted by the Nazis while growing up a Jew in Germany. He moved with his family to France in 1939, was imprisoned as an enemy alien and eventually escaped, reaching the United Stated in 1941.
Peter joined the Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) sending spies into Germany. Peter eventually became a senior official with the Century Intelligence Agency (CIA) serving in Berlin, Hong Kong and Washington before joining his family wine business in 1960.

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Pat DeRosa - U.S. Army 1943-46

Pat DeRosa served in the U.S. Army Band entertaining troops across the United States durring WWII. After the war Pat attended music school on the G.I. Bill and worked as a professional musician and teacher. Pat played with the legendary John Coltrane as well as leading his own orchestra. In 1969 Pat played at President Richard Nixon first inaugural ball.

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Donna Zephrine - U.S. Army 1996-2006

SPC. Donna Zephrine joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1996 and became Full Active Duty in October 2002. Donna served with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division (260 QM) and served 2 tours in Iraq from 2003-2005 as a 63 Bravo Light Weight Vehicle Mechanic.
Donna is active in many organizations including Wounded Warrior Project, World T.E.A.M Sports, Team Red White and Blue and Project 9 Line. She recently graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work and hoped to give back to help other Veterans or people who are in need.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys writing and has been published in multiple anthologies. These publications include Radvocate Literary Magazine, the “Afterwords” anthology, the “9 lives” New York University’s Veteran’s Writers Workshop anthology, Bards Annual 2017, The Local Gem Press, War Writer’s Campaign, Poets and Writers, Blogground, Oberon Magazine 2017 and CA/T Magazine of Columbia University.

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Harold Granitur - U.S. Army 1943-45

Harold "Granny" Granitur was born in Newark NJ in 1925. Harold was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and originally served with the 90th Infantry Division of the 1st Army. He landed in France on June 8, 1944 (D-Day +2) and eventually was transferred to General Patton's 3rd Army to support the Battle of the Bulge.
This video was produced by The Rowlinson Media Group, VERO BEACH, FL.

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Bill Field - U.S. Army 1971-74

Bill Field joined the U.S. Army in 1971 and trained as a Radar Repair Technician. Bill served at White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico with C Company in the missile test and evaluation devision working with Continuous Wave Radar designed for the Hawk Missile System. After leaving the military Bill started a successful appliance repair company with his father. Bill is currently retired and is an active member of American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett, NY.

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Jim Cady - U.S. Army Air Corps WWII

Happy 101th Birthday to Jim Cady. Jim served as a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps 449th Air Group during WWII and flew 21 missions in Italy before being transferred to the 8th Air Force in England as support for the D-Day Invasion. Jim Cady was born in Peoria, Illinois on October 5th, 1917.

This video was produced by The Rowlinson Media Group, VERO BEACH, FL.

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Joan A. Furey - U.S. Army 1968-70

Joan Furey began her career in Army service in 1968 as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. She later volunteered to be deployed to Vietnam, where she received a Bronze Star as a staff nurse.
In 1970, the U.S. Army discharged Joan from Vietnam, and after leaving Southeast Asia, she dedicated her life to Veteran Affairs.

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Melissa Stockwell - U.S. Army 2002-05

Melissa Stockwell joined the ROTC at the University of Colorado in her sophomore year and was a senior in college when the September 11, 2001 attack happened. She had Transportation Officer Basic Corps in Virginia before being assigned to the Paralympian division at Ft. Hood, Texas. She was deployed in March 2004 to Iraq.
A first lieutenant, she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Following her retirement from the military Melissa worked as a prosthetist, served on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project from 2005–2014 , is a two-time Paralympian, mother of two and is the co-founder of dare2tri.org 
We first interviewed Melissa in 2014 and recently updated her interview via Skype

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Frazer Dougherty - Pilot 345th Bomb Group

Frazer Dougherty joined the National Guard in the summer of 1940. When World War II was declared, Frazer transferred to the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a pilot and served in the 345th Bomb Group as First Pilot and survived sixty-three missions. Frazer went on to become the personal aid and pilot for Commanding General of the First Air Force, Frank O’Driscoll Hunter and retained this position through the end of the war.

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