Mary Katharine Ham and Ryan Manion discuss Hallmark’s “USS Christmas,” the classic love story of a reporter and a fighter pilot connecting on a Navy ship’s Christmas cruise for civilians. Is that a thing? Apparently, it is! As a longtime advocate for military families at the Travis Manion Foundation, Ryan offers special insight on this movie while MK covers the perspective of a single 30-something reporter lady. Ryan is the author of “The Knock at The Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose” and the host of “The Resilient Life” podcast.

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  1. DuncanFrissell Inactive
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    Note that there was a major military records loss in a Missouri archives fire.  My father’s service record was destroyed.   More verisimilitude. 

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  2. mildlyo Member
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    This podcast is exactly what we all need this year. Thank you.

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  3. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Oh boy! The return of A Christmas Ham, a highlight of the year.

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  4. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Yes, the Tiger Cruises do exist.  A former colleague spent a couple of days at sea on the submarine on which his son was a power plant operator. 

    Great to have Ryan on as someone who was unfamiliar with the Hallmark Christmas Movies as she learned what is expected from a Hallmark Christmas Movie. 

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  5. colleenb Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Yes, the Tiger Cruises do exist. A former colleague spent a couple of days at sea on the submarine on which his son was a power plant operator.

    Great to have Ryan on as someone who was unfamiliar with the Hallmark Christmas Movies as she learned what is expected from a Hallmark Christmas Movie.

    In fact Disney (back when it was still pretty good and not all hip hop and silliness) had a made-for-tv movie (based on a real story I believe) of a Tiger Cruise that happened on 9-11. The kid had problems with her father and his being away at sea as she is growing up. 

    Looking forward to the next episode!

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