My Mission

I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   



Duty Goes Both Ways

Recent Posts



The Old Flag Never Touched the Ground: William Carney at the Battle of Fort Wagner

Happy birthday to a remarkable hero of the American Civil War, Sergeant William Harvey Carney, born on February 29, 1840 in Norfolk, Virginia. Born into slavery, Carney rose up and escaped enslavement as a young man on the Underground Railroad. He made his way to Massachusetts, where he joined the rest of his family and later signed up to fight for the Union in 1863. Carney’s unit was the storied 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was the first military unit consisting of black soldiers to be raised in the North during the Civil War. On Saturday, July 18, 1863, Carney and his regiment spearheaded an attack against Confederate Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina. D

Cooper Union Address: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President

On Monday, February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln stood before an audience composed of some of the most influential Republicans in the United States at Cooper Union, a free school for the working class in New York City. On the horizon was the pivotal 1860 Republican Convention. Before this moment in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, Lincoln was not projected as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, but after his speech, he was destined to be his party’s candidate for the presidency and for America’s ultimate position of responsibility. Although originally invited to deliver his speech at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, Lincoln’s sponsors moved the event to Cooper Union in Manha

The Union Finds a Hero: Ulysses S. Grant and the Capture of Fort Donelson

The dawning of the year 1862 found President Abraham Lincoln and the Northern people in a state of grave despondency. Since suffering a painful defeat in the first major battle of the Civil War at Manassas, Virginia earlier that summer, Southern arms had continued to maintain an edge of superiority over their Federal adversaries. To make matters worse, the leading Union commanders seemed frozen in inaction, displaying a lack of urgency in marching out to meet the enemy on the battlefield. “The bottom is out of the tub,” despaired Lincoln. With a defeatist mentality beginning to take hold over the Northern public, President Lincoln and the Union needed a military champion who was bold enough

Battle for Iwo Jima: Old Glory Raised Atop Mount Suribachi

Five days after setting foot on the black volcanic sands of Iwo Jima, the Marines had battled their way atop 556 foot Mount Suribachi. On Friday, February 23, 1945, a 40-man combat patrol from the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, under 1st Lt. Harold G. Schrier became the first American patrol to reach Suribachi’s summit, which was Iwo Jima’s highest peak. Before ascending to the top, Schrier had been handed an American flag from his battalion’s adjutant. He was told, “If you get to the top, put it up.” At around 10:30 a.m., Schrier and two other Marines did just that, tying the flag to a Japanese water pipe and raising Old Glory atop Mount Suribachi. The unforgettable moment was photographed by

Verdun: The Longest Battle in Modern History

If one battle epitomized the horrific nature of combat in the First World War, it was the titanic struggle between France and Germany over the ancient fortress city of Verdun on the Meuse River. Verdun occupied a crucial point along the Allied line on the Western Front and held tremendous historic significance to the French people, making it the perfect target for chief of the German General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn. By unleashing a million-man army against Verdun, Falkenhayn intended to lure French forces into a bloody battle of attrition to “bleed France white.” With the French drained of their manpower and knocked out of the war, the Germans would be free to concentrate on defeating th

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima

On February 19, 1945, wave after wave of U.S. Marines poured out of their landing craft and set foot on the black sands of Iwo Jima. Sitting 660 miles south of Tokyo, the capture of this small volcanic island would provide the Americans with a vital air base for fighter escorts and bombers conducting long range missions against the Japanese mainland. In the months before the Marines launched their amphibious assault, Iwo Jima was pummeled by Allied aircraft and naval vessels, suffering the longest and most severe shelling of any Pacific island during the Second World War. For the Marines, it was hard to imagine that anything could have survived such a devastating concentration of firepower,

Masters of Leadership and Command: Three Lessons to Learn From Washington, Grant, and Eisenhower

George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower helped lead the United States to victory in three of the most significant conflicts in American history. War was the ultimate test for these three generals and future presidents. By owning the hour of adversity, never turning back or stopping until the mission was accomplished, and inspiring confidence and courage in other people, each of them mastered the art of leadership and command. By studying the special qualities that allowed Washington, Grant, and Eisenhower to succeed on the battlefield, three lessons emerge that every American can learn from and apply to their own lives. George Washington: Own the Hour of Adversity Gener

From Gettysburg to Vietnam: This Is Why We Stand with Thomas J. Giorgi

Vietnam War veteran and Silver Star recipient Thomas J. Giorgi makes his usual appearance on the latest episode of This Is Why We Stand on Westchester Talk Radio. On this program, Giorgi reflects on the historical connections between the battle he fought in Vietnam on July 3, 1966 and the pivotal clash between the Blue and the Gray during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He also shares how hard it was to say goodbye to his family before shipping out to Vietnam and much more. Watch More Interviews With Giorgi Here

From Homicide to Hollywood: The Story of Korean War Veteran Randy Jurgensen

It was an honor to have Korean War veteran Randy Jurgensen back on the latest episode of This Is Why We Stand on Westchester Talk Radio. For his service in Korea, Randy was awarded three Bronze Stars and received the Purple Heart. He went on to serve and protect for 20 years in the NYPD. After his time solving crimes as a detective, Randy embarked on a successful film career, producing and appearing in 50+ films and television shows. On this program, Randy shares unforgettable memories of his fellow Korean War veteran and NYPD detective, Sonny Grosso. Randy also explains how veterans form the backbone of the NYPD and reveals some big news about his book, Circle of Six: The True Story of New

The Four Immortal Chaplains

On February 3, 1943, the American troop transport ship, USAT Dorchester had almost completed its north Atlantic journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland to a base in Greenland. One of three ships in convoy SG 19, the Dorchester carried around 900 soldiers, seamen, and civilian workers. In constant danger of falling prey to German U-boats, the journey across the Atlantic’s icy waters had not been easy. Even now, an enemy submarine was stalking the Dorchester. The evening before, Captain Hans Danielsen made an announcement over the ship’s public address system, warning, “We have a submarine following us,” and in order to be prepared for an attack, those aboard were ordered to sleep in their cloth



I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 


From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .


I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 


Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .



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