On December 14, Grace Childs will talk about her experiences growing up during the Great Depression and life as a military wife and mother during World War II. Other women who want to join Grace on the podium to share their WW2 experience should email us.
On January 11, Major Clark Mola, US Army's 101st Airborne Assault will talk about his chopper-based combat in the Vietnam War. Thanks to Maj. Ed McGaa (Marine F4 pilot, Vietnam) for getting him lined up.
On February 8, James Semich will talk about his two highly dangerous tours as a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War.
On March 8, Verne Sheppard will talk about experiences in the Pacific and the Far East as a radio operator in the Air Transport Command from 1944-1946, and his service aboard a C-54 took him to battle zones such as Guam, China, and Japan. Sheppard entered the Army Air Corps in 1944, after graduating from high school. “I got my education in the Pacific,” he said.
On April 12, we'll hear from
Charles "Charlie" M. Summers of Rapid City who spent three tours in Vietnam flying the F-100 Super Saber, becoming a member the “MISTY” Forward Air Control Squadron. During his second tour he was shot down and ejected. Injured, he was awarded the purple heart, and after recovering from his broken back and ribs, returned to fly and fight for a third tour. Over the course of his time in Vietnam, Summers received four Silver Stars (only eleven other aviators since WWII have received four Silver Stars), awarded three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, and 16 Air Medals.
Bill Casper has the BBC WW2 "Land Girls" series on DVD available to loan out, he says. This period drama focuses on the Women's Land Army in an idyllic British countryside, set against the tensions of war. Contact info. See also Bill's DVDs.
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