Hope and Glory - Franny Civitano

“Only about 1% of the American population serve in the armed forces, and for me that was a kind of loneliness that I had no idea to expect until I was in it.”

Photo by Jason Falchook

Hope and Glory

In this hour, four stories of determination, hope and battling for both survival and respect. From bootcamp in Fort Bragg to base camp in Kirkuk, Iraq; from the front lines to the home front. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Jill Morgenthaler battles to earn the respect of her fellow soldiers.

Dylan Park finds hope in the chaos of war.

Franny Civitano anxiously awaits her brother’s return from deployment in Afghanistan.

Jerry Neal describes a bird’s eye view of the English Channel on D Day.


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Stories in this Episode

12:03
Miss Foxhole

by Jill Morgenthaler

Jill Morgenthaler battles to earn the respect of her fellow soldiers.

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12:58
Roadside

by Dylan Park

Dylan Park finds hope in the chaos of war.

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06:22
Are We Fine Yet?

by Franny Civitano

Franny Civitano anxiously awaits her brother’s return from deployment in Afghanistan.

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13:51
Way Down Upon the English Channel

by Jerry Neal

Jerry Neal describes a bird’s eye view of the English Channel on D Day.

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Extras From This Episode

Jill Morgenthaler

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Jill and her fellow female cadets.

Franny Civitano

Mrh 1820 Franny Civitano Extra 1

Franny and John in 1991.

Mrh 1820 Franny Civitano Extra 2

Franny and John during John's basic training.

Jerry Neal

Mrh 1820 Jerome Neal Extra 4

Jerry as an AAF Aviation Cadet.

Mrh 1820 Jerome Neal Extra 2

Jerry as a ROTC cadet.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
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  • Stellwagon Symphonette - Archesa
  • Stellwagon Symphonette - Ft. Collins
  • Moondog - Bird's Lament
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra - String of Pearls