November 7, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers interviews Colonel Steven Vitali about his military career. Colonel Vitali has served for 35 years in the military with 32 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1976 and has served at home and abroad including operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He retired in July 2008 and is a recent recipient of a Quilt of Valor.
August 17, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the Colin J. McRae Papers, Huse Audit Series digitization project with Dr. Fritz Hamer. Dr. Hamer is the curator of history and archivist at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and previously held posts at the SC State Museum and the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. He has published articles on the social and racial impact of World War II in Charleston and on the South Carolina home front in World War I and has published books on the Charleston Navy Yard, SC in the Great War, and on SC College Football History. He served as president of the SC Historical Association from 2001 to 2002 and 2011 to 2012.
January 18, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Family of Warriors with author Ed DeVos. This is a story of five brothers who serve in five different combat areas during World War II and about their love for their country and for their fellow soldiers. And it is a story of a mother and father’s love for their warrior sons and how ordinary people answered the call to serve their country and ran to the sound of the guns and not away from them. These men did not serve for riches or for wealth. They did not serve for fame or notoriety. They served because it is their duty to their country. They served for the common good. They served because it was the “right thing to do.”
DeVos is a highly decorated military officer and is also an experienced writer of thought-provoking historical fiction. His four works, The Stain, The Chaplain's Cross, Revenge at Kings Mountain, a Revolutionary War battle fought in October, 1780, and Family of Warriors, feature characters who model valor, integrity, honor, and courage as they face spiritual and moral dilemmas that warriors have always faced on the battlefield. His works inspire the readers to search how they too would fare in the dilemma posed. He now makes his home in South Carolina where he speaks to various veteran, church, and civic organizations about these themes.