Military Voices: Eben and Owen Olrun



In the summer of 2023, Alaska Public Media partnered with StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative which provided a space for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories.

In this conversation Eben Olrun (75) tells his son, Owen (26), about his time in Vietnam and how he’s found comfort through traditional singing and drumming.


These interviews are recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Excerpts were selected and produced by Ammon Swenson with help from Lillian Robbins.

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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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