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



This Is Why We Stand: "The Last Goodbye" by John Fratangelo

On this episode of This Is Why We Stand on Westchester Talk Radio, U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran John Fratangelo joins the program to discuss his new book, "The Last Goodbye." Part One Part Two Fratangelo's work is a masterpiece of meaning. His inspiring personal account is a reminder to all why our Vietnam veterans are truly the greatest of their generation. The account of the heated battle in which Fratangelo personally engaged the enemy, carried several wounded comrades to safety, and was injured himself is one of the many unforgettable moments in this book. Written by a recipient of the Silver Star, the U.S. military’s third highest decoration for valor under fire, you don’t want to let

Master of the Sword and Pen: The Final Battle of Ulysses S. Grant

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant are considered by many to be one of the finest works of American literature ever produced. The memorable words of the great soldier and statesman hold even more significance when one considers the tragic conditions that ultimately led him to put pen to paper. In the words of Grant biographer Ron Chernow, “Seldom, if ever, has a literary masterpiece been composed under such horrific circumstances.” Long before his rise to glory as the top Union commander who won the Civil War and his time in office as the 18th President of the United States, a period in which he kept the reunited nation at peace while protecting the freed slaves, Ulysses S. Grant was a man a

Vengeance From the Air: The Doolittle Raid

Four months after the devastating Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor, the United States struck back from the skies over the heart of Japan. On Saturday, April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and flew 800 difficult miles to reach the Japanese mainland. In the first long-range strike operation in the history of military aviation, Doolittle and his Raiders hit the major enemy cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Kobe, and Nagoya. After striking their targets, all of the American bombers were nearly out of fuel as they reassembled over the Sea of Japan and headed towards friend

A Revolutionary Awakening: The Battles of Lexington and Concord

America’s great day of revolutionary awakening began at the small town of Lexington, Massachusetts at around 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 1775. Earlier that night, British General Thomas Gage had dispatched a force of some 800 Redcoats from Boston with orders to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two prominent Patriots whom Crown authorities designated as the top men responsible for the Colonial resistance to British control in Massachusetts. Commanded by Colonel Francis Smith and Major John Pitcairn, the British force was also tasked with seizing arms and munitions being held in nearby Concord, Massachusetts. After Gage’s plan was discovered by the American resistance, Paul Revere

Jackie Robinson: An American Trailblazer

On Tuesday, April 15, 1947, one of the immortal titans of American athletics made history when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. In that matchup against the Boston Braves, twenty-eight-year-old Jackie Robinson started at first base for the Dodgers, becoming the first African-American to play in the major leagues since Moses Fleetwood Walker and his younger brother, Weldy Wilberforce Walker nearly 63 years earlier. After those two men, Major League Baseball was segregated for more than 50 years until Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Overcoming tremendous racial discrimination over the course of his professional career, Robinson persevered with grace as a man

Robert E. Lee's Farewell Address to the Army of Northern Virginia

From the winning fields of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville to the fateful showdown at Gettysburg, the desperate trenches of Petersburg, and many more of the American Civil War’s most significant battlegrounds, General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia forged one of the most sacred bonds in military history. Regardless of the hardships they faced over years of fighting, nothing seemed capable of diminishing the reverence that Lee and his soldiers held for one another. Together, they proved their mettle time and time again, but after a climactic final year of warfare, Lee’s army was ultimately ground down by the Union Army of the Potomac as the rest of the Confederacy unravel

Surrender At Appomattox: The Historic Meeting Between Lee and Grant

On Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, two of the greatest generals in American history met in the parlor of Wilmer and Virginia McLean’s home in the rural town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. For the man in gray, dressed in an impeccable new uniform, the moment he dreaded had finally come. Outnumbered, devoid of supplies, and cut off from escape, General Robert E. Lee was here to surrender his beloved Army of Northern Virginia. For the man in blue, wearing his mud-spattered field uniform, this event was the first step towards making the United States whole again. The terms Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant was about to offer to Lee would help bring a long and bloody nightmare to an end. Afte

Chris Kyle: A Tribute to the American Sniper

Happy birthday to “The Legend,” Chris Kyle, born on April 8, 1974 in Odessa, Texas. One of the most revered warriors of the Global War on Terrorism, Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq as a Navy SEAL and participated in every major American campaign, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fallujah in 2004, Ramadi in 2006, and Sadr City in 2008. As a sharpshooter, his personal mission was to do everything in his power to protect his brothers-in-arms on the battlefield, a job he excelled at. Kyle is credited with more than 160 kills over the course of his deployments, making him the deadliest sniper in American military history. He was so feared by Iraqi insurgents that a $20,000 bounty wa

Battle of Shiloh: Part Two - A True Soldier's Fight

The fight between the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Albert Sidney Johnston reached a level of bloody intensity that the United States had never seen before, pitting “Southern dash against Northern pluck and endurance,” as Grant wrote in his Personal Memoirs. It was the first major large-scale battle of the Civil War, and when it ended, it became the deadliest fight in American history up to that point. For most men on both sides, the colossal clash on April 6, 1862 was their very first time under fire. Some of those soldiers simply could not handle the horrors that confronted them. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 of Grant’s troops fled the fighting and hid under the bluffs by the Ten

Battle of Shiloh: Part One - No Peace

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was hesitant on the evening of Saturday, April 5, 1862. Although thousands of Rebel soldiers were now preparing to unleash an onslaught against Union forces under Major General Ulysses S. Grant encamped near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River, Beauregard worried that his side had lost the crucial element of surprise. In order to drive Grant’s troops from Tennessee before they could fortify their positions and combine forces with Major General Don Carlos Buell’s Army of the Ohio, the Confederate attack would have to hit forcefully and unexpectedly. Every minute truly mattered for the Confederates, but time did not seem to be on their side. The 45,00

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Okinawa

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, some 60,000 American soldiers and Marines supported by approximately 13,000 Allied vessels launched Operation Iceberg, the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and landed on the island of Okinawa. Located some 350 miles south of the Japanese mainland, Okinawa’s capture was deemed essential in order to launch a successful invasion of Japan, a fearful prospect, but one that many American planners considered inevitable in order to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific, once and for all. With the Americans bearing down on the Japanese home front, Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima and his 135,000-strong Thirty-second Army on Okinawa re



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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