Episodes
This is the story of an American military legend - the recipient of America's highest decorations for valor: The Medal Of Honor, The Distinguished Service Cross, seven Silver Stars - and more than a dozen awards from allied nations. From the time he graduated 1st in his class from West Point until he retired with 50 plus years of service, he was a complex combination of valor and vanity, a figure of legendary victory and terrible loss. To this day, he is one of the most controversial...
Published 03/15/18
When we filed our first "sitrep" from Kuwait on Thursday, 6 March, 2003, neither my field producer nor I had the answer to the #1 question from FOX News HQ in New York City: "When will hostilities against Saddam Hussein commence?" Two weeks later we could answer the question - because we were embedded with the U.S. Marines who were the first to fight. I'm Oliver North, and in this FOX News War Stories podcast you can join cameraman & field producer Griff Jenkins and me as we cover the...
Published 03/15/18
Published 03/15/18
By the spring of 1972, the Vietnam War - in which my U.S. Army brother and I both served - was supposed to be "winding down." President Richard Nixon's commitment to "Vietnamization" - training, equipping & "supporting" the South Vietnamese government & military - was well underway. In February 1972, the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne - the last U.S. ground combat division in The Republic of Vietnam - headed home. By March 1972, U.S. combat troop levels "in country" had dropped from a...
Published 03/15/18
"Leave no one behind." It's a sacred promise our military makes to all who serve in uniform. To keep that pledge, in October 2003 The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command - JPAC - was created by President George W. Bush with the mission of finding and bringing home America's missing in action - no matter where or when they were lost. I'm Oliver North, and in this War Stories podcast you will meet members of a military unit unlike any other in the world. The Pentagon dubbed it - "JPAC" - The...
Published 03/15/18
He was the world's most wanted criminal, with a 25 million dollar bounty on his head. For almost ten years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was on the run, his whereabouts unknown. On May 1, 2011, under cover of darkness, a US special operations team lead by Navy SEALs descended over a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Within forty minutes, Osama bin Laden was dead. It was a perfectly executed, covert mission of American Special Ops. In this 'boots on the...
Published 02/14/18
A remote combat base in the Vietnamese highlands, Khe Sanh was the scene of one of the most ferocious and controversial battles of the Vietnam War. The 6,000 Marines and soldiers at the base were surrounded by a massive North Vietnamese enemy force numbering more than 20,000. From January through April 1968, they endured unrelenting enemy fire, heavy casualties and dwindling supplies of ammunition, food and water. Overhead, B-52s dropped more tons of bombs than had been dropped on any one...
Published 02/14/18
They put their own lives in danger to rescue their fallen comrades. They are the warriors of medicine, a special breed tested at every turn. They are the medics, corpsmen, nurses and doctors who often risk their own lives to save the lives of others. In this exciting episode of "War Stories with Oliver North," you'll meet a brave World War II nurse who was captured by the Japanese and spent nearly three years behind bars as a POW. And, you'll hear from one of the nurses who served in the...
Published 02/14/18
When the call went out for America's first ski troops, men of the mountains came running and set in motion a story that would become legendary in military history. They came from all walks of alpine life to converge on a brand new base high in the Colorado Rockies...world champion ski racers, ski jumpers, mountain climbers, muleskinners, and guides. These men would become the elite 10th Mountain Division, America's fighting winter warriors. These ski troops would face one of the toughest...
Published 02/14/18
This is a story that has all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller, including high-tech espionage, Communist villains and American military heroes captured and subjected to brutal torture for months on end. But this is no Hollywood movie. It is the true story of the USS Pueblo and her brave crew of 83. In this podcast, you will hear about an incident that began in January 1968 and still resonates today. The USS Pueblo, an American surveillance vessel, was on her maiden voyage under orders...
Published 01/03/18
Guadalcanal was "a place the no one ever heard of." History would show this small island from the Solomon chain near Australia would prove to be the first steppingstone on the road to Tokyo and ultimate victory in the Pacific. But getting there would be nothing short of hell. Beginning in August 1942, this was America's first ground offensive in World War II against the Japanese who had been unstoppable in the Pacific. In some of the fiercest combat ever recorded, more than 7000 Americans...
Published 01/03/18
The long war in Iraq may finally be coming to an end. Our War Stories team was there when it started, and has chronicled how it has been fought ever since. This compelling episode of War Stories was compiled during six lengthy embeds with U.S. forces in the land between the rivers. You are there with the Marines of the 3/2 in "Operation Matador" as they go hunting for terrorists along "rat lines" near the Syrian border. You'll meet Iraqi commandos and security forces and hear in their own...
Published 01/03/18
In this War Stories podcast you are going to hear the story of a U.S. And allied tactical victory and a strategic defeat. It was 1968. Here in the U.S. there were anti-war riots, anti-draft riots, the assasination of Martin Luther King - and even more riots. In Vietnam 500,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were fighting a war that was broadcast into American living rooms every evening on the nightly news. On 17 January 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson delivered his State...
Published 01/03/18
It is one of the Vietnam War's most famous battles. The locals called it "Dong Ap Bia" or "Mountain of the Crouching Beast"; the Americans came to know it as Hamburger Hill. But what do you really know about the fight? Risking serious injury due to unexploded bombs and ordnance, "War Stories Investigates" journeyed to the top of Hamburger Hill. We traveled over 8,000 miles and, in doing so, "War Stories" became the first journalists or camera crew to visit Hamburger Hill since the Vietnam...
Published 12/11/17
It's been called The Forgotten War. Many in this country remember Korea as the setting for the film and television comedy series M.A.S.H. But for the 18 million who fought there, there was nothing funny about it. In this podcast, we bring you the story of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir - The Frozen Chosin - one of the coldest battles since Napoleon set foot in Russia. This is a story of exceptional bravery and courage above and beyond the call of duty. An epic tale of endurance and...
Published 12/11/17
On December 7, 1941 -- "the date that will live in infamy" -- Pearl Harbor wasn't the only American military installation attacked by the Japanese. Just hours after the bombings in Hawaii, the enemy also set their sights on the 1,600 Americans located on three tiny specks of coral 2000 miles west of Honolulu, known as Wake Island. In the 1930s, Wake was an important stopover on the long flights between Hawaii and the Far East. Pan American Airlines built a luxurious hotel there for...
Published 12/11/17
In this special edition of "War Stories with Oliver North," come along for an insider's tour of the historic USO (United Service Organizations). Oliver North travels from Hollywood to Washington D.C. to the battle zones inside Iraq to bring you the USO in action. Up close and in person, you'll hear stories from entertainers of all eras who have traveled to these dangerous areas for more than 60 years to give service and smiles to our troops. North talks with Hollywood icons and musical...
Published 12/11/17
The North African desert... Its mysteries have made it a land of intrigue and espionage and armies have fought over it almost since time began. In November 1942 American and British troops landed on its shores to begin the first offensive against the axis powers. Three months later, in February 1943, American troops first encountered Hitler's Panzer divisions in a bloody battle at Kasserine Pass. These were battles fought in the barren trackless terrain of North Africa, where inexperienced...
Published 11/15/17
After two years of Operation Inherent Resolve, ISIS still holds Mosul, Iraq's second largest city--terrorizing, murdering and enslaving its 1.5 million citizens into the hell of the Islamic State.  Lt. Col. Oliver North and the "War Stories" team travel to the frontlines inside Iraq to see how the battle is being fought against a barbaric enemy. "War Stories" embeds with the Peshmerga--the Kurdish fierce fighting forces--who have had the most success fighting ISIS in Iraq.  Cameras are...
Published 11/10/17
Gen. George S. Patton was one of the most fascinating military figures to dominate the last century. Quite simply, he was a genius for war. But at 11:45 on the morning of December 9, 1945, Gen. Patton was en route to a pheasant hunt near Mannheim, Germany, when his Cadillac staff car suddenly collided with a two-and-a-half ton U.S. Army truck. Twelve days later, the four-star general -- who had triumphed against Hitler's best from North Africa to Europe -- was dead. The Army concluded it was...
Published 11/10/17
The beautiful island of Cuba, once a hotspot for American tourists in the 1940's and 1950's, is now an oppressed nation of 11 million people governed by a ruthless communist dictator. In this gripping episode of "War Stories with Oliver North," you'll see how Fidel Castro brought a country together with promises and hope, and then tore it apart in one swift grab for power. You'll witness how Castro committed this ultimate betrayal through a campaign of murder, mayhem and lies to his fellow...
Published 10/10/17
When Vice president Lyndon Baines Johnson accompanied President John F. Kennedy to Dallas in November of 1963, Johnson's long political career seemed to be over. With rumors abounding that Kennedy was going to drop him from the ticket in the upcoming 1964 election, Johnson had resigned himself to returning to a quiet life on his Texas ranch. Then an assassin's bullet forever changed Lyndon Johnson's political fortune. In this special biography episode of "War Stories with Oliver North,"...
Published 10/10/17
The Battle of Leyte Gulf in October, 1944, was a desperate gamble by the Japanese navy to stop in its tracks America's march straight toward Tokyo. It also marked the moment when the attack on Pearl Harbor was truly avenged, as some of the ships resurrected from the bottom of Pearl Harbor took on the Japanese fleet with some devastating results. In this exciting episode of "War Stories with Oliver North," you'll meet some of the men who landed with General Douglas MacArthur on the beaches at...
Published 10/10/17
Since the First World War erupted in 1917, one U.S. Army division has been on activation longest, ready to defend the United States and its freedoms. Known as The Big Red One -- from its distinct arm patch - the First Infantry Division has fought in all major American military campaigns of the last 80 years. In this gripping episode of "War Stories with Oliver North," you'll go inside the battlefields of World War I all the way through Operation Iraqi Freedom with those who proudly served in...
Published 10/10/17
Their Marine Corps designation was VMF-214, but for millions of people around the world, they will always be remembered by the name they gave themselves: the "Black Sheep Squadron." Though they fought together for just twelve short weeks under the command of Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, the Black Sheep became the most famous fighter squadron in American aviation history. "Baa Baa Black Sheep," a television show loosely based on their exploits, portrayed them as rebels and misfits but as...
Published 09/11/17