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Twentieth Century Wars on Tape
Produced by Art Silverman and Darcy Bacon

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  • See photos of the Chritton family, whose story was featured in this program.
  • See photos of war veterans who were also featured in this program.
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  • See & Hear photos & recordings from David Terry Smith & Merlyn Snyder, 2 war veterans who were not featured in this program.

    Sullivan Brothers
    Sullivan Brothers
    U.S. Navy Yard, 1942
    Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison guides us through a collection of voices of American servicemen. They come from the 15-hundred callers who contacted us all this year to tell us about tapes and disks they have at home. Many were made at Christmas or during wartime; and there was an overlap of the two categories.

    Their stories describe the fear, bravery, boredom, loneliness, camaraderie, and fatigue of those who serve their country in hostile action far from home and their families.

    We hear from a father in Vietnam corresponding by cassette with his family; a rare recording of some of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa, who lost their lives on the USS Juneau -- along with 700 other men -- in November 1942; the testimony by a former Korean War prisoner about the conditions in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp; a Gulf War conversation between brothers abroad and at home that's cut short by a Scud attack; and a veteran of the trenches of the First World War telling about surviving five days in No Man's Land.


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