American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|April 2, 2012
WVOX 1460 AM WVOX.com
The Sons of the American Legion Report
D-Day, the Campaign Across Europe
The "Sons of the American Legion Radio Report" can be heard live on WVOX
1460 AM in Westchester County and around the world on WVOX.com. The show is held
every Monday from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.
The host of the program is Kenneth G. Kraetzer, Commander of Sons of the American Legion
in Pelham, NY; Historian for Westchester County, and Vice Commander for New York State.
Please contact Ken at 914-450-9554 with any questions or comments about this radio and
The intro music, "To The Colors" has been provided courtesy of the US Navy band based at
Contributing to the program are SAL 50 members John Chuhran and Jack McGuirk.
Good Morning Westchester Host Bob Marrone joins the program on holidays to host calls from
US service members deployed overseas.
In the college football season, SAL Radio conducts The West Point Football Report covering
the weekly highlights of Army coaches and interviews with West Point players, coaches, alumni
D-Day: The Campaign Across France, the latest book from noted Author/Historian Jay Wertz.
This is the second volume in the planned 10-volume collection WAR STORIES: World War II
Firsthand, which presents a perspective on the military campaigns and actions of World War II
anchored on the stories told by the marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and other front line personnel
who experienced the conflict. This volume features heart-wrenching testimony from those who
stormed the beaches of Normandy and southern France; those who jumped behind the lines,
manned the ships and flew the missions overhead in the great invasion of Europe, unparalleled in
history. Contains 11 originally-designed maps in full color with detailed legends.
Mr. Wertz recently won top honor in THE USA "BEST BOOKS 2011" AWARDS in the History:
for his prominent book: War Stories: World War II Firsthand - THE PACIFIC - Volume One - Pearl
Harbor to Guadalcanal.
Tom Brokaw, of NBC News, recently praised THE PACIFIC, as “a stunning and evocative reminder of
the personal heroism and epic battles over and on seas, island, and mainland, as told by those who
were there. Magnificent."
Jay Wertz Biography
After graduating from the Temple University School of Communications and Theater with a BS
degree in Communications in 1973, I continued post-graduate studies in the Radio-Television and
Film program there for two years, while acting as a graduate assistant in the editing facility. I then
entered the professional workforce in Los Angeles in the summer of 1975. I first worked for Filmline
Productions, a commercial-industrial film company, as an assistant editor and cameraman.
A few months later, I gained a position as editor at Universal Commercial Industrial Films. My first
assignment was to edit music for a series of documentaries for the government of Jordan. During
this time period I also published my first magazine article in the American Cinema Editors Magazine.
In the summer of 1976 I was hired as assistant editor on an independent feature film, The Passover
Plot. This was being edited at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios.
In the summer of 1993 I was asked to do editorial work for Paramount Studios. About this time I was
also commissioned to write my first book, a battlefield guide based on the television series I
produced. In 1997 Smithsonian’s Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War, which I co-authored
with former Chief Historian of the NPS, Edwin C. Bearss, was published by William Morrow &
From 1997 to 2003 I worked as a staff editor at Paramount Pictures while developing potential
media projects through my company. In 2004 I was commissioned to write my second book, The
Civil War Experience: 1861-1865, which was published in 2005 by Presidio Press (Random House).
I also began to write a column on Civil War battlefields for the historic magazine Civil War Times
In 2006 Civil War Times Illustrated and other historic magazines were gathered under the umbrella
of the Weider History Group. I have contributed many articles to the Weider magazines and
websites over the past four years. I was also commissioned to write my third book, The Native
American Experience for Carlton Books and Globe-Pequot Press. It was published in 2008. In
addition to continuing in my staff position at Paramount Pictures, I write and speak on historic
I have just completed the first volume of War Stories: World War II First Hand, a ten-part book series
for Weider History Publications. I am continuing to seek opportunities to develop historic media
programs for education and entertainment in the changing communications landscape.