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Actor. Writer. Entrepreneur.
A performer & filmmaker with a passion for Military History from a very young age. With his late father - himself a former U.S. Navy Submariner & U.S. Navy Diver - visits to U.S. Civil War battlefields kindled in him a true appreciation & respect for both the events & often terrifying experiences Veterans lived through. Being that many Veterans from World War II never spoke or shared their experiences with anyone fired in him a determination to create a platform whereby Veterans could save & share their experiences for their families, friends, & succeeding generations. Accomplished in firearms handling & use, Wilhelm appeared on SpikeTv’s (now Paramount Network) hit show Deadliest Warrior to lend his expertise on weaponry. He has since created several history-themed projects (with industry veterans - see links) he’s looking to move into production. In today’s world, audiences are hungry for new, innovative material. Let’s provide it for them.
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A Shot & A Story is a series of short, human-interest interviews with the Veterans themselves sharing & describing their experiences in their own words. These shorts will be shared on social media platforms for both educational & entertainment purposes.
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CMDR John B. Lipinski, U.S. Navy, Ret. Bandaged up & Pearl Harbor bound; no surgery here & no Diego Garcia for you! Next stop Guam! Case of mistaken identity - who's "suicidal" around here? Slashed wrist? Yes...but; welcome to Paradise; get your dive gear on - wrecks await!; Aleutian interlude; sons of Nippon not nice to Guamanians; support your local P-3's!; Morale problem - with 30 females?; no rush hour here! Episode LIII
The dogfight that - officially - never happened until 70yrs later; 4 vs 6? Make that 1 vs 4 - are you insane?; Panthers vs MIGs on unequal terms; "Hey Guys - stay with me!"; shot full of holes; give her the deep six; Davy Jones' Locker gets another addition; Okay now - keep it under wraps or else!; talking with the Russkies; Hollywood's typical cluelessness; stand up for the Navy Cross; Avocado Complications: patch & send?; Aaarrrgh! Shiver me timbers - off to Guam with an eyepatch.
To honor Colonel Patrick Thomas McAleer, USAF Ret, 1949 - 2023. He chronicles his experiences in Episodes 26, 27, & 28.
The 1st in 38; career killers; hard or soft billets?; perils of climbing the ladder; Admiral's errand boy?; F-18 on the way & you have terrific experience on the F-111; Loan out to the Air Force; pyramid's steep at the top; is this an aircraft carrier or a palace?; from fossils to nukes; and today? not so sure.
"What do you want out of the Navy?"; you make your own career; spousal abuse? - the Navy has ears!; press on!; hardest posts reap the best rewards; competing in the ranks against people half your age; what wife number am I on now?; join the Navy to see the world!
I want a career & ships make me seasick; aviation beckons; welcome to North Island Naval Air Station!; this is the "knife & fork club" - learn how to be a naval officer; crap assignments mean rapid advancement; Ensign for 16 days; look out for your men in any & all situations!; climbing the ladder; no "Ringknockers" here!
POW's, Laos, & Cambodia; "re-education" or murder; witnesses to held POW's; "Cause All"; Mass declaration of death from U.S,; "Cover it up & keep quiet!"; "Prize Trophy"; The Admiral's son gets the shaft; John McCain to the rescue?; Sen John Kerry to CMDR Harley Hall's wife: "shut up & sit down!"
In his thread Captain O’Neil, USMC shares his making into a Marine Officer & his experiences in-country which would culminate at the bitter Battle of Hue City during the Tet Offensive, January 1968.
SSGT Frazier speaks the unspeakable.
The part of war you never hear about.
Episode XIV:”Extending the Hand”; Capt. James Jason O’Neil, USMC
Capt. O'Neil USMC is also the author of 14 books - available from your favorite online retailers; community outreach on behalf of the Marine Corps & the American Legion; more on the Battle for Hue where he describes how one clears a room in urban combat; speaks on a particular incident that very nearly cost him his life; expands on the role armor played in Vietnam; tags the U.S.'s next geopolitical rival.
Episode XVII: "Cupid Draws Back a Bow"; Yeoman 1st Class Susan Flanagan, U.S.C.G
Yeoman 1st Class E6 Susan Flanagan delves deeper into the drama that resulted from her romantic relationship with a superior officer & her conscious decision to wage a campaign of subterfuge.
Episode XVIII: "Deadeye" Blazing Trails!"; Yeoman 1st Class E6 Susan Flanagan, U.S. Coast Guard
Yeoman 1st Class E6 Susan Flanagan speaks more about her roommate who spent her service time "in the closet", a stunning moment while on the shooting range, and her love & dedication for Veterans.
Dec 10, 2021
Episode XIII: "Cost of War not Known for Generations"; Capt James J. O'Neil, USMC
Capt. O'Neil USMC expounds on ersatz creature comforts in camp; increasing friction of the news media; bad apples at the top; unlearned lessons from Vietnam repeated in Afghanistan debacle; life in the field; the Agent Orange defoliant; advent of "smart war" technology; the folly of "nation building"; & the real cost of war to survivors - PTSD.
Experiences & History Preserved
Episode XXVII:"It Wasn't My Time"; Colonel Patrick T. McAleer, USAF, Ret.
Colonel McAleer recounts how his enlistment into the U.S. Air Force led to a terrible irony for him that nearly cost him a nervous breakdown; how he twice cheated fate and the fallout thereof.
Episode XXXXIII: “Old Salts’ Foreigners in their Own Navy”; Cmdr John B. Lipinski, U.S. Navy, Ret.
“Join the Navy to see the world‘ now read a book! Testing the new chiefs; LOL exam questions; the key to advancemen; USS America suitable for both father & son; “Scrambled Eggs’ opens the door.
5hrs before the 1973 Ceasefire the Navy loses one of its best & brightest; Shouldering heavy burdens keeping them flying; Vietnam War creates bad seeds; 2000 POW's but North Vietnam only acknowledges 645; Military wives force the issue; Colin Powell steps up to the plate.
More in depth on the loss of Blue Angels Leader Cmdr Harley Hall, US Navy in the last battle of a war finally ending; classified info; Hall's RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) shot through the thigh; witnesses Cmdr Hall alive; tour North Vietnam on foot; OV to the rescue!; Shot down; the North Vietnamese did WHAT???!!! No Geneva Convention here! POW's off the books & abandoned.
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