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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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US Navy scoops up B-17's & B-24's; ferry duty makes for fun; 2nd Mech has its privileges; step into the galley Chef but there'll be no boiling water on this aircraft!; P-3 trip to Taiwan; hello Midway - yes THAT Midway; Gooney Birds galore; wear your boots!; raze the club!; Taipei is an armed camp; Hong Kong free-for-all; can't understand Limey's Cockney lingo.
CDR John B. Lipinski U.S. Navy, Ret. relates just one of the more hilarious experiences of his career - Seaplane shenanigans while on ferry duty; two women coming on board?; former boyfriend is the Flight Engineer?; fly between the beams; a finely tuned ear; these PBM's have their electrical problems; hanky-panky in the rack; what am I doing here?; hey - stay up where I can see you!; that's it - off the aircraft!; girls receive reprieve. Episode LIX
A super secret team in powder blue comes aboard; is that a U-2 Spyplane or are you just happy to see me?; 40-50ft is key especially with no catapult; who let the F9-F cats out?; F-11 Tigers are mini rocket ships; batten wings down!; afterburners are hell on windows; OK City has it in for the USAF; sonic booms & ruptured eardrums; F-18 Hornet Air Maintenance Chief?; back to North Island - family first!; EV types complicate everything.
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?; what’s love got to do with it? join the Navy to see the world!
The youngest Chief ever to grace the cover The Navy Times joined @ age 16. 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!
CDR John B. Lipinski, U.S. Navy, Ret. , gets very candid about the true fate of 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!"
Experiences & History Preserved
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.