Hazard Ground

Servicemembers from across the military, sharing their accounts of combat and survival. Hosted by sports talk radio host and Army veteran, Mark Zinno, this podcast brings you firsthand accounts of war, with a perspective you only get from someone who has lived through it. From WWII to Vietnam, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hear inspirational stories of service and resiliency from those who have fought on and off the battlefield!

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Ep. 133 - Joe Galloway (Military Correspondent)

Normally, this week's guest would be billed as a "Special Guest" as Joe Galloway was never actually in the military. But if history has anything to say about it, there's no doubt he's earned his stripes, going all the way back to his first overseas assignments in Vietnam. Early on, Galloway was embedded with the 1st Cavalry Division during the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War. He not only covered the battle, but also fought to save the lives of other American soldiers during fierce ground fighting. He was eventually awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire at Ia Drang, becoming the only civilian to receive a combat medal from the Army during the Vietnam War. Galloway would serve a total of four tours in Vietnam, and then cover every major American conflict up to the Global War on Terror. He's been described as "a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend," and there's no doubt that sentiment shines through in this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND!

"We Were Soldiers Once...and Young""The Vietnam War"

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00:00:00 9/9/2019

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Patrick Murphy is the first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, representing Pennsylvania. Following his time in Congress, he was confirmed as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army, serving until January 2017. Murphy may be a veteran of U.S. politics, but this conversation is anything but a political one. Murphy deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 82nd Airborne, and also taught at West Point during his tenure as a U.S. Army officer. He's a special breed of leader who truly understands what it means to be a patriot and look beyond self to serve the greater good for those around him and the people he once directly represented in Congress. He's made holistic changes for the better in the military, and he continues to lead as a vetrepreneur and soldier-statesman today. Hear Patrick Murphy's powerful and inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.patrickjmurphy.com

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00:00:00 9/2/2019

While taking a semester off from college, Gene Murphy received what many young men his age feared at the time - a draft notice for Vietnam. Murphy considered it an honor to serve his country, so leaving his small, South Dakota farming community for the Army and Vietnam, was tough, but not a big deal. When he shipped off to Vietnam, he figured as a mortarman he'd probably be stationed at a basecamp somewhere and not spend much time in the jungle. But the situation changed rapidly when he hit the ground, and he quickly went from mortarman to infantryman living in the jungle. Just 30 days before the end of his 12-month tour, Murphy was shot twice during a firefight and left paralyzed below the waste. His attitude throughout it all and to this day has been nothing short of amazing. And he's carried that positivity into leading and serving a key role in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization in South Dakota for over 40 years. Hear Gene Murphy's inspirational story of combat and survival on this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.dav.org

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00:00:00 8/26/2019

As far back as he can remember, Michael Rutledge wanted to be a Naval Aviator. He lacked the grades to get him there, so he enlisted in the Navy, eventually becoming a Navy SEAL. Unable to ignore his desire to fly in the military, after 8 years as a SEAL, Rutledge started the process to transfer to the Army to fly helicopters. All of this happened not long before 9/11. Despite his love for the Teams and its inherent brotherhood, Rutledge felt a greater calling to make it into the aviator ranks and fly in combat. He would be one of the very few aviators that would go from flight school straight into the Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Rutledge shares with us the high's and low's of his journey, and what it meant to be a part of some of the military's most daring and precise missions, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! 

Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we donate proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. We just made our 3rd donation, this time to the Pat Tillman Foundation. So let's keep this going so we can make more and bigger donations! Help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away!

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00:00:00 8/19/2019

Garrett Cathcart had wanted to go to West Point since the 4th grade. When high school graduation approached, it was West Point or enlist. He secured an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, setting him on a course to become a combat-tested leader, as the Global War on Terror erupted only a couple of years before he graduated and entered active duty. Since then he has served as a Cavalry Scout, Troop Commander, and military advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cathcart sits down in-studio to reflect on the loss he experienced in combat and the "what-if's" that changed the course of human lives. He expands on how those events led him to a life of service, helping other veterans through his nonprofit, Mission Roll Call. Mission Roll Call's purpose is to give every single veteran a voice in policy and advocacy on the issues that are important to them. Hear how Garrett Cathcart unwittingly came to be the champion for that voice on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.missionrollcall.org

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00:00:00 8/12/2019

It's not too often we get the opportunity to speak with veterans of WWII. They're a special breed, and Harry Lockhead is no exception. Joining the Navy when his country was at war, Lockhead went into the service as a cook. After the battle at Tarawa, the loss of Marines was so great, that the Navy asked for volunteers to learn how to perform reconnaissance and underwater demolition for future beach landings. Harry volunteered, and became one of the Navy's first Underwater Demolition swimmers, or "Naked Warriors" as they were known. With no instruction manual, Harry and his team of other volunteers had to learn how to clear beach landings in combat, literally by trial and error. Lockhead would eventually become one of the original UDT20 Frogmen, and predecessors of the Navy SEALS. It's an amazing feat, considering the conditions and timeline these men operated under. Hear a firsthand account of what it was like training and operating as a "Naked Warrior" on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.navysealfoundation.org

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00:00:00 8/5/2019

Staring down a very domesticated life path she had no interest in following, Mary Dague decided to join the Army, a few years after 9/11. Desiring a military job that was both dynamic and challenging, she signed up for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). She loved being an EOD soldier and showed great promise as a young bomb tech on her team while deployed in combat. But it only took one critical incident to end all of that. On November 4, 2007, her military career came to an end when she literally bear hugged an IED that her team was disarming, when it became unstable in their vehicle, in an attempt to save her teammates' lives. The explosion took both of her arms, but never damaged her spirit and the strength she now calls upon to live each day and inspire and help others who have reached a low point in their lives. She has handled her injuries with astounding resilience and best of all, a rock solid sense of humor. Hear her inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! 

@WonderNubs

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00:00:00 7/29/2019

Following his childhood dream to serve in the military, Zachary Rhyner joined the Air Force in 2004. He knew he wanted to serve in an elite group, that would no doubt face challenges in combat. Rhyner enlisted with the goal of becoming a combat controller. After a grueling two-and-a-half-year selection and training process, he became a special tactics combat controller. He would soon go on to serve with a Special Operations team, seeing their fare share of combat in Afghanistan. It was on one of those missions that he and his team would face extremely daunting challenges, fighting to their objective up 60-foot cliffs against a very well-defended enemy force. Rhyner's actions during that particular battle would earn him the Air Force Cross - the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Air Force. During his sixth deployment, Rhyner would sustain injuries that ended his military career, but were the catalyst for him to continue a legacy of service with the help of the Pat Tillman Foundation. Hear this incredibly inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.pattillmanfoundation.org

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00:00:00 7/22/2019

Even though Chris Greca came from a military family, he never intended to join the Army. But, it was a spur of the moment decision at a red light one day that drove him to the recruiter's office. And before he knew it, Chris Greca was on his way to a 31-year career in the Army. He would retire in 2017 as a Sergeant Major, fulfilling key posts all the way up to the 4-star command level. Serving much of his career with the storied 75th Ranger Regiment, he also racked up a large number of injuries along the way. So much so that he became one of the first senior enlisted infantry soldiers in a leadership position to publicly address the emotional numbness and his own mental health issues that had come with serving so much time in and around combat. Greca continues to help other servicemembers suffering from those same issues today through public speaking and direct outreach. Chris Greca is an inspiring leader and we are honored to have him share his story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.5thprinciple.net

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00:00:00 7/15/2019

As a young Army Ranger, Jeff Struecker saw combat early, beginning with the operation to capture Manuel Noriega in Panama in 1989. But, it wasn't until his experiences during Operation Gothic Serpent - the op to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid - that combat took on a new meaning - a more violent and vicious meaning. Better known by its book and film title, "Black Hawk Down", Struecker shares with us his experiences fighting on the ground in Mogadishu, on 3 and 4 October, 1993, in a running gun battle, the likes of which the U.S. military hadn't seen in years. He talks about how he was able to transform fear into decisive action, and head back out into the embattled city to help save his fellow Rangers, when he most certainly knew he was heading out on a "suicide mission." After Somalia, Struecker would go on to become an officer and chaplain, serving in Airborne and Ranger units. He also served more than a dozen combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hear his incredibly inspiring story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

www.jeffstruecker.com"The Road to Unafraid"

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00:00:00 7/8/2019

In 2004 in the Iraq desert, British soldier, Brian Wood found himself on the receiving end of an order not given in battle in 25 years: FIX BAYONETS! In just a split second he digested that phrase, and began leading his men on a full-frontal assault against an entrenched enemy, charging into heavy oncoming fire. Outnumbered, he and his men engaged in a close-quarter battle, seizing the initiative and defeating the enemy force, saving numerous allied soldiers' lives. For his courageous leadership in battle, Brian was awarded the Military Cross by Her Majesty The Queen II - one of Britain's highest awards for gallantry in combat. But, his story doesn't end there. Years later he would be tried for war crimes under bogus litigation, straining his will and close relationships to a near breaking point. Hear how he survived one of the most daring assaults in military history, and the fallout from having his honor questioned years later, in this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

"Double Crossed: The Highest Honour, The Greatest Betrayal"

Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we donate proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So far, we've been able to make small donations to Merging Vets and Players and The Headstrong Project. So let's keep this going so we can make more and bigger donations! Help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away!

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00:00:00 7/1/2019

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