Remembering June 6, 1944: US soldiers salute at the Colleville-sur-Mer military cemetery , Omaha Beach (resting place of two of President Theodore Roosevelt's sons) More
On June 8th, Lt. Col. Les Snyder (USAF ret) presented over 50 color slides covering his 50 bombing missions during the Korean War. "Almost nobody flew 50 missions and survived," Ray and Josephine Cowdery have pointed out. Snyder is Professor emeritus at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. more(Les Snyder is far right in photo)
On July 13th, Dennis Edwards (USAF ret) will talk about the Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots of World War II, who were eventually awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush. Edwards is District 2 Commander of American Legion Post 22 in Rapid City. Lt. Col. Chuck Childs will MC the event (his B-17s were often escorted by the Red Tails). more
On August 10th, CMSgt Richard Lake (USAF ret) will talk more about his time as a B-52 tail gunner during the Vietnam War. Read his story under "War in Vietnam" button on top of page.
On September 14th, Col Debra Shattuck (USAF ret), former commander of the 28th Maintenance Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, will present her research on the USS Grunion submarine which disappeared during WWII off Kiska, Alaska (after reporting "intense anti-submarine activity."
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South Dakota War Stories Book. Update from Lt.Col George Larson. Merriam Press, as of Wednesday April 10, 2013, has the information on my "South Dakota War Stories Book," which covers a time period of South Dakota history from 1800 to 2012. Many stories from local veterans, including over 40 articles I have written since 1994. The submit book has a unique cover, three pages of table of contents, 227 pages of text-with no photos. No time frame on the publication date. This was done with a lot of help from the South Dakota Veterans Writing Group.
Publishers are calling, e-mails and writing hard copy letters requesting book materials. I have more requests for books than materials at this time. I have begun researching a new book on the military bases in North Dakota.
Lots of articles about the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group on this site. Put the name of our Group in "Search & Hit Enter" box to see short articles and pictures of your veteran friends.
Check out www.sdHeroes.com to see if you like the community of thought and people who visit there, including veterans, writers, military historians, active-duty military, and patriots of all kinds. Some of you might want to contribute short pieces to keep in shape as writers.
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