Veterans Day

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

When Stephen Ratcliffe went to Vietnam, he says he knew what he signed up for, but he didn’t know anything about Agent Orange.

“I remember seeing the spray planes flying over,” Ratcliffe says. “But they told me it was mosquito repellent, but you never know.”

Jerry Kenney

A medical foster care program for veterans is growing here in the Miami Valley. This year there were 120 VA’s participating. That means 900 Veterans found homes around the country.

One VA foster care site in Springfield, Ohio is the home of Alan Hansbarger. He was born in Canton, Ohio in 1923. A year later he moved to the western edge of the state, where he grew up with his mom and his older brother.

Dan Patterson Archival Collection

November 11 marks Veterans Day, when the country honors all who served. Our aviation commentator Dan Patterson has some thoughts about one of the veterans in his family and her remembrances of flight.

Dan Patterson

Four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier on a top-secret mission to bomb Japan. They were led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy"
Doolittle, and soon after, they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.  Saturday, November 9th, 2013 will mark the last time survivors of the raid will gather together to honor their fallen comrades. 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 13, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney reports on a comic book project focused on local veterans.

-Emily McCord interviews Antioch University Chancellor Toni Murdock.  On November 3, 2011 Antioch University announced that Murdock is retiring, effective June of 2012.

A small group of veterans has been getting some extra attention lately.  Their stories have been made into a comic book.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on how it all started.

Charlie Bath enlisted in the Army in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor.   For four years, he proudly served as a wire chief in the signal corps.  That job involved running telephone wire all over France and Germany.  Charlie was the guy who could climb, so that’s what he did – climbed poles, often checking for live wires by hitting them with a wrench.