Mon November 19, 2012
National Day Of Listening

StoryCorps' David Isay: ‘Every Voice Matters Equally, Every Story Matters Equally'

Harvey Wang

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the National Day of Listening. The day after Thanksgiving is a day to interview loved ones, to preserve and share those histories.

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Fri November 16, 2012

An Unusual Friendship, Forged Over Thanksgiving

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 12:04 pm

Larry Rolf (left) and Denny Daniels are best friends who were both married to the same woman — though at different times. After she died, the two helped each other cope.

Larry Rolf and Denny Daniels know their relationship is an unlikely one. They're best friends, and they were both married to the same woman — her name was Sharon — though not at the same time.

They met on Thanksgiving, in 1990, just outside of Minneapolis. Denny and Sharon were dating. Larry and Sharon had broken up, and Larry had re-married 13 years prior.

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Sat November 10, 2012

Amidst War, U.S. Guardsman Forges Unexpected Bond

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 1:11 pm

Ali, an Iraqi teenager, wears Spc. Justin Cliburn's helmet and radio equipment in Baghdad. Ali and Cliburn became unlikely friends while Cliburn trained Iraqi police in 2005 and 2006.
Courtesy of Justin Cliburn

The Military Voices Initiative, a StoryCorps' project, collects stories from members of the U.S. armed forces, with a special focus on those who served in post-Sept. 11, 2001, conflicts. Every month, highlights from that initiative air on Weekend Edition Saturday.

Spc. Justin Cliburn, 30, was deployed to Iraq in 2005 with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. His job was to train the Iraqi police in Baghdad. During his time there, he got to know a boy in his early teens named Ali, who walked through their compound one day.

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Fri November 9, 2012

Vet Recalls The 'Legacy Of War That Lasts Forever'

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:46 am

Harvey Hilbert was shot in the head in Vietnam in 1966 in a firefight where he mistakenly shot and killed a fellow soldier. "You know, I'm 65 years old, and I can remember clearly that young man — the color of his skin, his face, his cries," Hilbert told StoryCorps.

Harvey Hilbert enlisted in the Army in 1964. He was in the infantry, and in January 1966, he was sent to Vietnam to fight. Five months later, his unit was sent into the jungle. That was the last time he fought in Vietnam.

"It was coming on dusk, and we went into what's called a hot landing zone — means we were under fire," Hilbert told StoryCorps. "We jumped off the helicopters and took a position. And then the enemy stopped shooting."

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Fri November 2, 2012

Full-Time Truck Driver, Dedicated Poll Worker

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:43 am

Boyd Applegate has been a poll worker for nearly every election over the past 20 years, taking Election Day off from his work as a truck driver. "I'm there as a representative of what's right in America, and I enjoy it," he tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon.

When voters go to the polls in San Diego on Tuesday, many of them will be greeted by Boyd Applegate. The 56-year-old truck driver has worked nearly every election — primaries and general elections — for the past 20 years.

Election Day starts early for Applegate. Around 4 a.m., he piles ballots and election materials into his car and drives the 25 miles to the precinct. Throughout the day, he is greeted by people who recognize him as the guy at the polls, year after year.

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