to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which meets at 930 am (doors open at 900 for social period) on the second Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City (left on first light past Campbell on Omaha). Library door. No steps. Can't miss it. Lots of close parking. All meetings are open to the public. You are invited.
Carolinan talks about Linebacker II below
On March 14, Al Glinsmann of Hisega will talk about his experiences with the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War, from 1950-1953. His US Army artillery unit started out on the Pusan perimeter and eventually fought next to the Chinese border at the Yalu River in North Korea. After the war, he became a Lutheran minister. more
On April 11, LTC George Larson will present on his latest books on military history, including Great Plains Warriors of World War II: Air Bases and Plants Built for War. The contributions of German and Italian POWs will also be discussed. more
On June 13, combat artist and US Army veteran James Pollock will talk about his experiences with the Vietnam Combat Artists Program (CAT Team IV) in Vietnam in 1967. "I had a canteen, camera, sketchbook, some personal items, and a 45 caliber pistol" he says. more
On July 13, Mike Birnbaum of Rapid City will present on his Vietnam experiences with the US Army's 9th Infantry Division during 1967 and 1968 and later as only the fifth Command Sergearnt Major (ret) in the South Dakota National Guard history. He is currently chairman of the South Dakota Veterans Commission.
On August 8, Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences in the US Navy during World War II as the US sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Photo shows Jansen in 1944 at the age of 21, as seen on a LCT (Landing Craft Tank) in the battle of the Philippines. more
On September 12, Evelyn Lenton of Rapid City will talk about her childhood incarceration by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II, along with her mother and brother. Her father was a US Navy doctor. Photo below shows other Philippines-incarcerated children (with sailor) aboard the SS Jean Lafitte heading for home. We also remember the Sascha Weinzheimer story in Ken Burns' WW2 film series and book.
Gordon Lease fought in North Africa, Italy, and Normandy D-Day in the US Coastguard. He was featured on a recent Newscenter1 television segment in Rapid City. Photo left shows 18 year-old Lease in 10-6-42. Watch video.
Vietnam veteran (Capt.) Johnny L. Blye of South Carolina was reminded of his combat experience in Operation Linebacker II when he saw a mention of our Group in Indian Country Today. more
Grace Childs' new book is available on Amazon (Kindle edition). My Memories of World War II Homefront. "I was born in mid North Dakota in the depression era and grew up in a large, poor rural family. . ."
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