to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which has helped veterans write up their military experiences since 2005. On the second Saturday of each month, a war veteran or academic tells his or her story at 900 am (first half hour is social period), until 1130. Come to Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum. You and family are invited. It's free.
On April 8, Ray and Josephine Cowdery of Rapid City will present on their new book Jensen's War about Wasta rancher Leonel Jensen. As the senior Red Cross official in the US 75th Infantry Division in Europe in 1944 and 1945, he witnessed combat campaigns in the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Colmar Pocket and across the Rhine into Germany.
"In the introduction we will quickly cover the pioneer Jensen family and Leonel’s pre-war activities including at the Summer White House in Custer State Park, running the bank in Wall at the time the Hustead family arrived in Wall and started the Drug Store adjacent to the bank. Then we will concentrate on his military service and Red Cross service in the ETO and his invention of putting up Wall Drug signs in Europe." more
On May 13 “How to Speak Communist.” MAJ Bob Liebman (USAF ret)--with former Iron Curtain defector and author of Journey for Freedom Peter Vodenka--will talk about how the Soviets weaponized language in pursuit of a global socialist state, which is still a little-known but key player in today’s geopolitical world.
Vietnam veterans: Chris Laughery of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Dakota Midday radio show says they have a grant to interview Vietnam veterans (and others, even non-veterans that the war and period had a significant impact on). Such interviews help to dislodge and clarify ideas for further writing about your experiences. Chris may have an ”uber” perspective after speaking in a heartfelt way with so many about the same topic, and that counts for something. Call him at (605) 202-0374 to chat. He’s fun to talk with.
Wednesday, May 17th at the TREA Building. 11:00AM start. more
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