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Veterans' Voices: Telling The Story Of Servicewomen In Vietnam

Jul 1, 2020
Susan Wambach and Renee Clevenger
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This story originally aired on February 19, 2020.

On the Washington mall, just south of the black granite Vietnam Wall, there’s a statute of a wounded soldier surrounded by three nurses. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial tells the story of some 11,000 uniformed women who served in Vietnam. In this encore edition of Veterans' Voices, we hear from Army veteran Susan Wambach of Washington Township as she talks to her wife Renee Clevenger.

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Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick
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This story originally aired January 20, 2020.

Military suicides continue to climb. It’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talked to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.

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Judy Atlagh (l) and Betty Ann Borders (r)
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When Betty Ann Borders’ husband joined the Air Force, like many military spouses, she found herself trying to balance the couple’s jobs and family planning with their frequent moves. So, to make things easier, she enlisted, too. In this edition of Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Betty Ann Borders of Dayton tells her daughter, Judy Atlagh about her service during a time when the Air Force was becoming more inclusive.

Michael and LaCynda Dufrene
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For some, patriotism is mixed and ever-changing. Yet for others, devotion to one's country is resolute. This week on Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Michael Dufrene of Fairborn and his wife, LaCynda Dufrene, reflect on a lifetime of love and military service. 

Andrew Daily
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There's nothing like running full out with a football and making a touchdown. It clears the mind, re-sets it. Air Force veteran Andrew Daily knew this, and felt it could help some of his friends who were returning troubled from deployment.

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Heather McWilliams and Joseph McWilliams
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Military life is constant sacrifice, not only for the service-member but also for their spouse. Being married to a service-member requires flexibility and resilience. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Joseph McWilliams of Dayton, and his wife, Heather McWilliams.

Cindy LaPointe-Dafler
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Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In this edition of Veterans’ Voices, Cindy LaPointe-Dafler of Jefferson Township remembers her late husband, Joseph Guy Lapointe Jr. who fought in Vietnam.

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Mellissa Clancy and Greg Adams
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Greg Adams joined the Marine Corps in 1977 because he wanted a military career like the ones he saw in the movies. But he struggled during his service with drug abuse and the stereotypes of Marines as bad boys. In this edition of Veterans’ Voices, Marine Corps veteran Greg Adams of Springfield talks to his daughter, Mellissa Clancy, about the Marine he was then, and father he is today.

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Steven Wyke
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The world is now a global village. People everywhere are realizing the importance of learning, understanding, and appreciating different cultures. Vietnam veteran Steven Wyke of Kettering shares how his life has been enriched by serving in the military.

Kevin Price and Jim "Pee Wee" Martin
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D-Day veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin of Xenia was part of a unit that parachuted down over Utah Beach in the dark of night on June 6, 1944. It was the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. 70 years later, at age 93, Martin returned to Normandy to jump from a plane to commemorate the anniversary. Air Force veteran Kevin Price of Bellbrook talks to Martin, one of his heroes, whose fascination with the Navy and submarine service first lead him to the recruiting office.

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