1:26 | Marvin Dyer describes how "picket ships" such as his were used to make radar sweeps looking for Soviet aircraft during the Cold War.
Marvin Dyer describes a defensive trick that German U-boats would pull during combat with the Allies during World War II.
Marvin Dyer remembers the dangers that naval convoys faced from both Germans and the weather in the North Atlantic.
Marvin Dyer talks about the damage he saw at Pearl Harbor when he arrived there a few days after the Japanese attack.
Even before the Pearl Harbor attack, Marvin Dyer talks about how the U.S. would have inevitably joined the war effort against the Axis powers during World War II.
Stationed on the destroyer USS Hammann, Marvin Dyer describes what life was like on a ship in the Pacific.
Marvin Dyer recalls his ship's role in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942, including rescuing crewmembers from the USS Lexington after a Japanese bombing run.
After decoding Japanese messages regarding an attack on the area, Marvin Dyer describes his ship's involvement in the Battle of Midway in June of 1944, during which his ship was destroyed by a torpedo.
After suffering casualties during the Battle of Midway, Marvin Dyer describes how fallen sailors were buried at sea on the way back to Pearl Harbor.
Marvin Dyer remember how his task force in the Pacific was used as "kamikaze bait" to draw out Japanese aircraft throughout the numerous small Pacific islands.
During Operation Sandstone, Marvin Dyer talks about patrolling the test areas and witnessing nuclear explosions on the small island of Enewetak in 1948.
When a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up at the gate, dental officer Mike Barno hurried to his emergency assignment, triage at the aid station. A truck with wounded men from the Afghan Army pulled up and he jumped into the back, ready to help.
Following the tragic deaths of ten Afghan children, it fell on General David Barno to tell President Karzai about the incident. He describes the effect this had on the rules of engagement going forward and he discusses a document he drew up to give guidelines to the troops that would keep them in the good graces of their hosts.
Justice details a too-close-for-comfort interaction with a vehicle-borne IED. The IED came as a complete surprise and the entire F.O.B. fell into what Justice could only describe as “chaos” immediately following the explosion. She suffered several injuries and had to work with the nurses back in Bagram and depend on the friendship of comrade Colonel Ellison to come back from the injuries.
Mike Barno recalls his experiences with local civilians during his tour in Afghanistan. The dental officer had staunchly pro-American Afghan translators in his company. The Afghan Army dentists weren't very friendly but the children from the nearby school sure were.
General David Barno formed a task force to train Iraqi exiles during the preparations for that conflict and he managed it so well that he got some attention up the chain. His next assignment was a big one, command of the combined forces in Afghanistan.
Many of the instructors at West Point had served in Vietnam, recalls David Barno. The war was on the mind of every cadet and when Vietnam fell, they knew they would not be going there. This particular class would become known for the number of future generals it produced.
The sniper was hidden in the hills above the base in Afghanistan. Dental officer Mike Barno was there for routine procedures, but no one wanted to go see the dentist with that sniper out there. He got a patient eventually, the hard way.
It was a tough job for the top commander in Afghanistan. General David Barno had to manage relations between President Karzai and the United Nations and the forces fighting the war. He soon determined that a fair and free election was the best way to thwart the efforts of the Taliban.
What would be the positive memories of his time in Afghanistan? For General David Barno, the best thing was seeing young officers blossom into senior leaders. He had a quiet, lone homecoming and then a radically different operating environment, the Pentagon.
LTG Wesley was deployed to Germany at the tail end of the Cold War where he was able to serve with the 1st Armored Division. He would have to sit out Desert Storm, but the experience gained during this time would be very valuable in the future.
He heard of Grenada on a Friday and on Monday he was flying there. David Barno was a Ranger company commander who took part in the hastily put together operation. It was such a patchwork of units and plans that everything went wrong that could. It spurred congressional hearings that actually helped correct the situation.
The time had come for the brigade to push into Iraq. Speed was the goal, but multiple challenges faced them including navigating the desert terrain and getting fuel to the tanks. LTG Wesley describes the strategic thoughts that went into pushing through southern Iraq on their way to Baghdad. Part 2 of 4
David Barno relished the challenge of rebuilding a broken Army in the years after Vietnam. He finished a four year run with the 25th Infantry Division as a company commander, and began to develop a respect for the new Ranger battalions. That's where he felt he should go next.
General David Barno describes the evolution of the Joint Special Forces Command into the high tech force it is today. He also looks back on his command in Afghanistan and wonders, could he have done more to bring the conflict to a conclusion?
Mike Barno noticed there was suddenly a SEAL unit on the base near the Pakistan border. Then there was an order that everyone had to wear body armor all day. Something big was going on, something that would bring some closure to the 9/11 attacks.