The Brazos Valley Voices Podcast
A Conversation with Jack Currie, WW II Veteran

A Conversation with Jack Currie, WW II Veteran

October 7, 2019

Jack Currie, U.S. Army Air Corps, WW II (A&M Class of ‘64) (Interviewed July 24, 2008)
 
Jack Currie is an Aggie, but before he ever entered A&M, there was a war to fight in World War II's European Theater. And that's where he and his B-17 crew flew some 50 combat missions in 1944 and 1945. It was a time in our history that included D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and eventually victory in Europe. He has some interesting stories to tell but none more compelling than his mission on May 12, 1944, when his Flying Fortress was shot up so badly it really had no business staying at aloft. But it did, and thus Jack Currie is here to tell that story and many more. Jack was born in 1921 and passed away 9-28-2019.

 

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A Conversation with Curtis Burns, USAF (Aggie Class of ‘52)

A Conversation with Curtis Burns, USAF (Aggie Class of ‘52)

September 9, 2019

Curtis Burns (1931-2012), U.S. Air Force, Vietnam (A&M Class of ‘52) (Interviewed Nov. 10, 2006)

Major Curt Burns was an airman with plenty of passion and little fear. He grew up in a home about where G. Rollie White Coliseum once stood. He piloted five different jet fighters during his service in Europe and Vietnam. He spent 20 years as an Air Force pilot and logged more than 5,000 hours in the air. In retirement, he was the coach of A&M’s National Champion Pistol team. Curtis Burns passed away 1-19-2013.

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A Conversation with Freddie Wolters,WW II Veteran

A Conversation with Freddie Wolters,WW II Veteran

September 2, 2019

Freddie Wolters, U.S. Army, World War II (A&M Class of 1944) (Interviewed April 10, 2008)

Freddie Wolters served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima before his unit would have been deployed for a bloody ground fight, but still he has stories to tell, many of how he didn't always do things by the book. He was a freshman member of Homer Norton's 1940 A&M football team. Freddie passed away March 11,2012.

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A Conversation with Art Hickle, USMC, Vietnam

A Conversation with Art Hickle, USMC, Vietnam

August 25, 2019

Art Hickle (1932-2011), U.S. Marines, Vietnam (A&M Class of ‘76) (Interviewed May 1999)

Art Hickle was the very first veteran I interviewed for the radio feature Bravo Brazos Valley. We spoke in May of 1999, just the second week the show was on. Art Hickle was a pilot who at the time held the record for carrier landings by a Marine pilot, He served three tours of Vietnam and in all spent 27 years in the Marines. He was a golfing buddy and a great veteran. He passed away 10-10-2011. -- Tom Turbiville

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A Conversation with Calvin Boykin, 814th Tank Battalion (1924-2008)

A Conversation with Calvin Boykin, 814th Tank Battalion (1924-2008)

August 16, 2019

Cal Boykin, U.S. Army, World War II (A&M Class of ‘46) (Interviewed June 7, 2007)

Cal Boykin was a proud member of the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion in World War II’s European Theater. He can best tell its story because he was an historian of his unit, as well as a gunner, aboard his M8 Armoured car, on recon duty mostly, patrolling the French roads behind Normandy, through Belgium and Holland and on to Germany. Cal Boykin’s story could not be told in just one Veterans of the Valley episode -- it took two. Calvin Boykin passed away 23 Oct 2008 at the age of 84. Just a few days before his death, I visited with him again and that conversation is below.

A second conversation with Calvin Boykin

A second conversation with Calvin Boykin

August 16, 2019

 This is a second conversation with Calvin Boykin. It was in his home just a few days before he passed away on Oct. 23, 2008.

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A Conversation with Gen. Joe Hanover (1918-2017), U.S. Army

A Conversation with Gen. Joe Hanover (1918-2017), U.S. Army

August 9, 2019

Gen. Joe Hanover, U.S. Army, WW II (A&M Class of ‘40) (Interviewed Nov. 20, 2008)

Gen. Joe Hanover lived in the Brazos Valley most of his life. He spent the last 25 years of his service with the 420th Engineering Brigade on Carson Street in Bryan. He was already in uniform when Pearl Harbor was attacked in Dec. 1941. Immediately following he was assigned to duty in San Francisco, under the Golden Gate Bridge. He was a Civil Engineer with Coast Artillery. Then he headed up a combat engineering unit and eventually was sent to Europe in 1945. Gen. Hanover passed away 5-22-17.

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A Conversation with Glenn Morgan (1923-2012), US Navy, USS Indianapolis

A Conversation with Glenn Morgan (1923-2012), US Navy, USS Indianapolis

August 2, 2019

Glenn Morgan, U. S. Navy, World War II (Interviewed March 16, 2005)

Glenn Morgan served aboard the USS Indianapolis, he was one of its buglers. He was a board that fateful ship when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean, 30 July 1945, after delivering the parts of the bomb to Tinian island. Glenn Morgan was one of 317 survivors who floated for four days and four nights floating in the Pacific, fighting off shark attack and exposure to survive. This is one of the most remarkable stories of World War II. Glenn Morgan -- survivor USS Indianapolis. Glenn Morgan passed away 12-24-2012.

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A Conversation with Viet Nam Veteran John Happ, Recorded 1-24-2008

A Conversation with Viet Nam Veteran John Happ, Recorded 1-24-2008

July 21, 2019

John Happ, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam (A&M Class of ‘67)

(Interviewed Jan. 24, 2008)

John Happ is a flier with more than 40 combat missions in Vietnam. He loves to fly and he loves to talk about where he’s been, like his some 29 landings on the icy runways of Antarctica. John Happ is a former city councilman in College Station and the former manager of A&M’s Easterwood Airport.

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A Conversation with Viet Nam Veteran Henry Hill, Recorded 2-7-2008

A Conversation with Viet Nam Veteran Henry Hill, Recorded 2-7-2008

July 12, 2019

Henry Hill, U.S. Air Force, Viet Nam (A&M Class of ‘56) (Interviewed Feb.7, 2008)

 Colonel Henry Hill is retired, but actually he's never been busier. We could do a whole podcast on Henry Hill’s service since his military service ended. But let's meet Colonel Henry Hill, the Vietnam B–37 pilot, who flew 360 missions, including some of the most dangerous missions during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

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