Borne The Battle 151: WWII Weekend Part Two: Army Veteran Walter Stitt and Navy Veteran Victor Maurelli

Army Tankers and Navy Frogmen


This week we’re revisiting the Reading, PA, WWII Weekend. For three days (June 7-9), the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum brought in WWII Veterans, reenactors and a full air show.


This week’s episode focuses on two more WWII Veterans and their unique stories.

Walter Stitt was a part of General Patton’s 3rd Armored Division. As an M4 Sherman Tank Gun Loader, he saw time in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland Campaigns and he was one of the first tanks to cross the Siegfried Line–receiving a Purple Heart in the process. Walter later became a pastor and gave the closing remarks to the final 3rd Armored Division Association’s reunion in 2010.

Walter Stitt’s Closing Remarks

Victor Maurlli is a WWII and Korean War Veteran. He was a Navy Frogman from the early 1940s to 1955. During WWII, Victor served in Guam, Philippines, and during the Battle of Midway. Frogmen were underwater demolition-men and were the forefathers to the current Navy SEAL teams. Frogmen were responsible for diving underwater and destroying defensive barriers before an amphibious landing. Frogmen served in both the European and Pacific Theatres. During WWII Weekend, Victor spent some time with Borne the Battle and shared some of his incredible stories.

Navy SEAL History

Enjoy both of these unique stories. Many thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum for allowing us access to WWII heroes for this two-part series.

Additional Links for this episode:

#BtBattle Veteran of the Week:

Army and Korean War Veteran Dale Quick.

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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.


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  2. Tim Benson    

    Keep up the great work. I’ve been listening for a couple of months now and really enjoy the topics and discussions. It is a great platform for information and just hearing others career stories. Thank you very much.

    Tim Benson
    USN & USNR, Submarine Service, Machinist Mate Chief.
    Father of two Navy sons one still active duty, wearing my anchors!

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