305 – Caster Salemi – World War II Army Veteran

305 – Caster Salemi – World War II Army Veteran

I got a Facebook Message a couple of months ago from David Danforth who is a member of the Veterans Brotherhood M/C about talking with a World War II Veteran Caster Salemi. Caster served in the Army with an artillery battery and after boot camp was sent to the Philippines.

Caster brought me to different places in his life as if it were yesterday. For the first time, I heard about Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombing from someone who lived through that period of history.

Getting to talk with Caster was an honor. I couldn’t help it, I felt like a little kid talking to a larger-than-life character. Caster is engaging, and funny and was able to bring me back 50 years to a different time. I want to thank David for introducing me and Mistress Carrie for the great question. I am looking forward to having coffee with Caster soon. That is if I can get him to slow down enough for me to catch up with him. At 100 he is still working to serve Veterans locally and as an active member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veteran, VFW, and Friends of North Attleboro Veterans. Thank you, Caster.



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302 – Jane Babcock – Still Serving

302 – Jane Babcock – Still Serving

I met Jane through Althea Williams’, She Vets It Clubhouse. I found Jane to be a wealth of information about Veterans Benefits and I have learned a lot from her.

Jane is third generation U.S. Army. She got out and has never stopped serving her fellow Veterans in Wisconsin and wherever there is a Veteran in need.

Thank you Jane for reaching out to me and reminding us all that we can continue to serve others even if we are out of uniform.
You can reach out to Jane on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/janebabcock/




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299 – The Fitts Family & Letters to M.I.A.s

299 – The Fitts Family & Letters to M.I.A.s

I met Richard Fitts Jr for Oscar Mike Radio number 92. He was in the final stages of bringing his father, SSG Richard Fitts Sr.’s story to life. Over the years a bond of friendship has been formed as I learn more about the Fitts’ family story.

Austin Fitts is SSG Richard Fitts Sr.’s grandson and appeared with his father, Richard Fitts Jr. at the Richard Fitts Sr Memorial on the corner of Hancock St and Route 139 in Abington, MA for this episode.

Arthur O’Callaghan is an Air Force Veteran and is local to Abington. Art served during the Vietnam War and was compelled one day to write a song about the Missing in Action experience. Letters to M.I.A.s is being produced by Richard Fitts Jr. at his JR-5 Studio in Abington, MA.



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The official coffee of Oscar Mike Radio is Bottom Gun Coffee. Submariners know their coffee so go to www.bottomguncoffee.com and use “OMR” at checkout for 10% off your order! Thank you for supporting a Veteran Owned Business

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The only shaving products I used on my face come from Travis Arnold’s company, Caisson Shaving Company. Travis is a Veteran and has created products that can be used anywhere. Use code “OMR10” for a 10% discount when you order

295 – Dave Rogers – Cooking with a Veteran

295 – Dave Rogers – Cooking with a Veteran


Long before he became the Tennesee VFW State Commander, Brian Walker asked me to talk with Dave Rogers. Dave was living in NY and cooking for his VFW post. It was from there that he started streaming his cooking.

Growing up in New York, Dave started cooking early in life. He joined the National Guard and supported his home state during 9/11. Medically separated due to his service, Dave had to find himself again. He started cooking as a way to heal.

Cooking for others gave Dave a sense of purpose. He then worked to develop his Cooking with a Veteran show. Contact Dave as he is looking for sponsorship as he grows his show.

Make sure you check out these links to follow Dave

Facebook – @cookingwithaveteran

https://www.facebook.com/cookingwithaveteran

Email: cookingwithaveteran@gmail.com



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Bottom Gun Coffee

The official coffee of Oscar Mike Radio is Bottom Gun Coffee. Submariners know their coffee so go to www.bottomguncoffee.com and use “OMR” at checkout for 10% off your order! Thank you for supporting a Veteran Owned Business

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The only shaving products I used on my face come from Travis Arnold’s company, Caisson Shaving Company. Travis is a Veteran and has created products that can be used anywhere. Use code “OMR10” for a 10% discount when you order

292 – Gina Alderman – Veteran Unchained

292 – Gina Alderman – Veteran Unchained

Gina served active duty and retired from the US Navy after 28 years of service as a Hospital Administrator with a wartime specialty in Medical Plans and Operations.

Finding her purpose was challenging after retirement, but Gina found a group of women Veterans and found a new course with Veterans Unchained. It is an anthology written by 18 different women Veterans that discusses their stories of loss, trauma, healing, and being unchained.

Veterans Unchained is available now from Amazon! Click this link to get the eBook – https://amzn.to/3ls7POY – It is $1.99, and the proceeds will go to the Rugged Warrior Healing Coalition. A nonprofit for Veteran’s focused on transcending suffering through education, connections, and personal.

Thank you, Gina, for talking with me. I have learned so much from you and the other women Veterans.

You can connect with Gina through Facebook or LinkedIn. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rugged-Warrior-Healing-Coalition-111745114754044/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gina-alderman-4a5b619b



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Bottom Gun Coffee

The official coffee of Oscar Mike Radio is Bottom Gun Coffee. Submariners know their coffee so go to www.bottomguncoffee.com and use “OMR” at checkout for 10% off your order! Thank you for supporting a Veteran Owned Business

Caisson Shaving Company

The only shaving products I used on my face come from Travis Arnold’s company, Caisson Shaving Company. Travis is a Veteran and has created products that can be used anywhere. Use code “OMR10” for a 10% discount when you order