Dec 19th, 2017
All American Paratrooper Mike MacLeod had an interesting journey to America's Guard of Honor. Already a professional photographer and journalist with a wife and teenage children, he enlisted in the Army and ended up in the 82nd Airborne Division at age 41 during a critical moment in our War on Terror. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with our legendary Devil Brigade, the forebears of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
During his time with the Division, Mike became one of the most published photographers in the Army, winning many military journalism awards, including Military Journalist of the Year in 2012. His images of our Devil Brigade Paratroopers have been published online and in print all over the country; many are prominently displayed in the Division headquarters today. Mike is also a recipient of a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. He is the author of the 2016 book "The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride, and Military Service," about his time with the 82nd Airborne Division. He no longer serves but he remains an All American Paratrooper for life and is an active supporter of veterans' groups.
In this episode of the All American Legacy podcast, Mike sits down with host Joe Buccino to discuss his observations of our current-day Paratroopers, the experience of joining the 82nd at such an advanced age, and the Division's rich legacy. Mike's deep life experience and his perspective as a father with boys almost as old as his fellow Paratroopers gave him keen insight into the Division's culture and he shared that here.
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