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Roy Wilkins & Keith Melick

Retired 1st Sgt. Keith Melick and retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins were on a mission in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in 2004 when their caravan was hit by an IED. Roy was seriously injured in the...

Barb Maglaqui & MaCherie Dunbar

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar was deployed twice to Iraq in 2007-2008. At StoryCorps, MaCherie told her then-girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui, about one of the hardest things she had to do while overseas. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? MaCherie retired from the Air...

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

“I truly think everyone should do what they can to sustain their country.”  In November 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law a bill that established the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve. Known as SPARS, this new law...

Frank Curre

On December 7, 1941, 2,403 Americans died when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. After convincing his mother to sign his enlistment papers, Frank Curre joined the Navy at...

Scott Skiles & Zach Skiles

Marine Corporal Zach Skiles was deployed to Iraq in 2003 at the start of the United States invasion. While serving on the front lines, he lost five of his friends within a two-week period. When he returned home, Zach found...