Episodes

Chapter 10: Freedom Bird
July 17, 2023x
10
00:51:37

Chapter 10: Freedom Bird

The finale of our story brings us to December 1972, as President Richard Nixon's administration strives to bring an end to the stalemate in peace negotiations with the North Vietnamese. In this episode, we'll hear how Operation Homecoming came to bring 591 POWs home in February of 1973, 8.5 long yea...

Chapter 9: The Son Tay Raid
July 10, 2023x
9
00:32:55

Chapter 9: The Son Tay Raid

In November of 1970, fifty-six U.S. Special Forces soldiers executed the most ambitious rescue mission of the Vietnam War, raiding a North Vietnamese prison camp known as "Son Tay," just outside of Hanoi. In this episode, we hear from Terry Buckler, the youngest of the Son Tay Raiders. At the time, ...

Chapter 8: Seal Team Six in Pearls
June 26, 2023x
8
00:52:01

Chapter 8: Seal Team Six in Pearls

In Part 2 of our two-part focus on the League of Wives, we examine how exactly this courageous band of women was able to organize under Sybil Stockdale and make a significant impact on the return of their lost men. We rejoin Andrea Rander, wife of Chief Warrant Officer Donald Rander, and Pat Mearns,...

Chapter 7: Not a Widow, Not a Wife
June 26, 2023x
7
00:29:00

Chapter 7: Not a Widow, Not a Wife

In Part 1 of our two-part focus on the League of Wives, we are introduced to Andrea Rander and Pat Mearns, each young mothers to two girls when their husbands were shot down in North Vietnam. Guided by expert historian and author Heath Hardage Lee, we set the scene for the League's formation by trac...

Intermission: The Tapes
June 19, 2023x
6
00:34:52

Intermission: The Tapes

In this special episode, we depart from our central narrative and turn our attention to Washington D.C., where Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson & Richard Nixon were making a crucial impact on the treatment and release of the hundreds of American prisoners of war who were being brutally mistreated in Nor...

Chapter 5: The Last Word We Heard
June 12, 2023x
5
00:26:51

Chapter 5: The Last Word We Heard

Mike McDaniel was nine years old when his father, Capt. Red McDaniel, was shot down and captured in the jungles of North Vietnam on May 19, 1967. It would be three long years until he and the rest of the clan heard any further news on the status of their patriarch. Meanwhile, Everett hinged his opti...

Chapter 4: One Thing After Another
June 05, 2023x
4
00:34:39

Chapter 4: One Thing After Another

18 months into Cmdr. Everett Alvarez's captivity, the North Vietnamese "torture regime" begins as he and fellow prisoners are forced to endure physical abuse, in addition to mental torture, amidst already-deplorable living conditions. After Capt. Red McDaniel is shot-down in May of 1967, he, too, is...

Chapter 3: Hanoi Hilton
May 29, 2023x
3
00:33:24

Chapter 3: Hanoi Hilton

On a crisp afternoon in August of 1964, Everett Alvarez Jr. found himself floating in the emerald waters of Hạ Long Bay, North Vietnam, having just ejected from his flaming A-4 Skyhawk aircraft. He was about to be captured by hostile militia, becoming the first American POW in the Vietnam War. While...

Chapter 2: Better Red Than Dead
May 22, 2023x
2
00:32:56

Chapter 2: Better Red Than Dead

The story continues with the harrowing Vietnam wartime experience for Naval Capt. Eugene "Red" McDaniel. His shoot-down and capture, three years after Alvarez's, highlights the differences in preparation American servicemen had for becoming a prisoner of war. Red was forced to endure North Vietnames...