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April 04, 2006

Armed Forces Week on Wheel of Fortune ~ TV Game Show

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak chats with contestants during the popular game show's Armed Forces Week, which airs April 3-7 in most U.S. markets.

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2006 – It's Armed Forces Week on "Wheel of Fortune."

In an effort to highlight the U.S. military, one of the world's most popular television game shows is featuring 15 members of the armed forces in this week's competition.

"The episodes, taped in February in Culver City, Calif., are a way for the show to express its appreciation for the military, said Amy Prenner, the senior unit publicist for Sony Pictures, which produces the show.
"We've done a week like this once before in San Diego," Prenner said. But this week features servicemembers from all over the United States.

This should make the host Pat Sajak feel right at home. Sajak was an Army broadcaster in Vietnam. He continued Adrian Cronauer's "Good Morning, Vietnam" greeting from 1968 through 1970.

"This is a tough time for our men and women, and they are doing some tough work, and not always with universal appreciation for what they are doing," Sajak said in an interview with the Pentagon Channel. "This is our way of reminding Americans of the great work they do and our way of showing a little appreciation and, hopefully, spreading a little money their way."
Harry Friedman, the show's producer, said he appreciates the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers make. "We're a game show; we're all about having fun," Friedman said. "But we also have great respect for our armed forces, the men and women who serve in every single branch."

The show listed participating servicemembers :

Beran Young, U.S. Navy, Naval Medical Center San Diego

Vince Boncich, U.S. Army, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Diana Aragon, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Paul Cemanec III, U.S. Navy ROTC at San Diego State University

Mindy Freeman, U.S. Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

Daniel Norton, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendelton, Calif.

Rashad McKinney, U.S. Army, Los Alamitos, Calif.

Charri Witucki, U.S. Air Force, Hurlbert Field, Fla.

Kevin Hunter, U.S. Marine Corps, Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif.

Jack Landreth, U.S. Marine Corps, Naval Air Station Meridan, Miss.

Rick Hawkins, U.S. Coast Guard, Long Beach, Calif.

Victoria Dourgherty, U.S. Air Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Shawn Purvis, U.S. Air Force, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

Joe Stager, U.S. Marine Corps, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Helen Knight, U.S. Army, Fort Irwin, Calif.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 4, 2006 01:27 AM


We all know the Air Force guys are going to win it all.

Posted by: BobF at April 4, 2006 07:26 AM

I am going to do what I can to help their audience ratings this week. Pat sajak is a likable guy without being patronizingly phoney like other game show hosts.

Posted by: TomR at April 4, 2006 08:06 AM

Now that's purty darn cool Wild Thing!

Posted by: LindaSoG at April 4, 2006 09:23 AM

Hi Bob (giggle) I love it that they are doing this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2006 09:25 AM

Hi Tom, Nick and I will be watching it too. Pat Sajak is a Republican also and your right seems to be a sincerely nice guy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2006 09:58 AM

Hi Linda, isn't it neat I just love that they are doing this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2006 09:59 AM

Excellent, I'm going to have to record the shows to see if BobF is right.... I'm rooting for the Marines.

Posted by: RightToCarry at April 4, 2006 07:23 PM

It's a noble thing Pat is doing, sorry, I'm not watching the liberal drivel of network TV so I'll have to rely on all of you for feedback.

Posted by: Jack at April 5, 2006 12:38 AM

Seeing as how the Navy man may very well be a Hospital Corpsman I'll bet the farm on him.

Never bet against the angels of the battlefield gentlemen!

Posted by: SparkS at April 6, 2006 02:19 AM

Actually I am not a Hospital Corpsman, I am a Legalman!

Posted by: Beran at April 21, 2006 05:52 PM