Iraq war interview

Questions about his time in Iraq and thoughts about the war

“It was a better use of my life.”

Father Frank DeSiano calls himself a "lifer." He entered the Paulist junior seminary as a teenager. That was more than 45 years ago. He's a noted leader in evangelization or sharing of the Catholic faith. Father Frank has been the...

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Henry Bennett and Josephine Bennett

Josephine Bennett (23) interviews her father Henry William "Bill" Bennett (60) about his experience in the military, from his first day at West Point to fatherhood and his transition back into civilian life.

“It was my destiny…”
October 18, 2018 App Interview

On October 14 2018, Talal Younis, a first generation immigrant, was interviewed by high school student, Saif Younis. Talal immigrated to the United States in 1968, all on his on, seeking for a better education. His story is told in...

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Marie Santiago and Danny Santiago

Spouses Marie Santiago (31) and Danny Santiago (33) sit down for a conversation about the highs and lows of the years that they have spent together and offer some of the wisdom that they have gained along the way.

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Afinju McDowell and Judi McDowell

Afinju McDowell (51) is interviewed by his wife, Judi McDowell ("Over 21"), about his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and their experiences as a couple during that time in the military.

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Blake Curtis and Ryan Wing

Blake Curtis (74) and Ryan Wing (39), uncle and nephew respectively, talk about their road to the military and the experiences and lessons learned from service.

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David Morrison and Vickie Morrison

David Morrison (53) and Vickie Morrison (47) talk about how they met and fell in love. DM sings two songs he wrote for VM, and reads some of their correspondence.

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Paul Watkins and Rebecca Davio

Paul Watkins (72) tells his friend Rebecca Davio (60) about playing football at West Point and how his military career impacted his life and his decision to reenlist post 9/11.

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Donald Phillips and Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips (47) interviews his father, Don Phillips (47) about Don's time in the Army, his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the effect it had on their family.

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Ann Norman and Norman Jones

Ann Norman [no age given] speaks with her friend and mentor Norman "Norm" Jones [no age given] about their shared love of history and religious studies.

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Lisa Greenhouse and Scott Ancarrow

Lisa Greenhouse (59) shares a conversation with her neighbor, Scott Ancarrow (41), about how he became a pastor in Baltimore, his current church and congregation, and how his church adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Timothy Drake and Makenzie Dorval

Timothy "Tim" Drake (54) talks to his daughter Makenzie Dorval (29) about his service in the Marines, Army, and Air Force. He reflects on his most impactful deployments and the challenges of retiring from the military.

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Nikolaus Guran and Chapin Montague

Chapin Montague (24) asks her conversation partner, Nikolaus "Nik" Guran (49), about his experiences and deployments in the military and his journey to seeking help and encouraging others to seek help for PTSD.

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Larry King and Taylor Stevenson

One Small Step conversation partners Larry King (39) and Taylor Stevenson (33) discuss growing up "privileged" versus "dirt floor poor," the role of the U.S. military, and struggles with substance abuse and depression.

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Karen Pell and John Byrnes

One Small Step partners Karen Pell (69) and John Byrnes (57) talk about the partisan divide, their connections to the military, and the debate around gun control.

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Wilma Owens and Melissa Owens

Wilma Jean Owens (77) talks with her daughter Melissa Owens (47) about her upbringing in rural Virginia, her mother's lifelong influence on her, and why she is an eternal optimist.

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Rosalie Dance and Marilyn Clark

Rosalie Dance (73) speaks to her friend, Marilyn Clark (70), about growing up in the small town of Jersey Mills, PA. As a college student, Rosalie became involved in a Quaker group. She later became a professor of mathematics, which...

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Stephanie Frank and Alexandra Frank

Sisters, Stephanie Frank (35) and Alexandra Frank (32), talk about their careers, the movie that shaped their friendship, and the love for film their mother fostered in them.

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Kuang Chiang and Adam Supple

Spouses, Kuang Chiang (42) and Adam Supple (43), talk about Adam's service in the United States Army and his deployment to Iraq in the early 2000s.