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to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which has helped veterans write up their military experiences since 2005.

 

Ed McGaa finds that military novels help him reconnect with his earlier Marine Corps combat in Korea and Vietnam.  On re-reading the USMC novels of W.E.B. Griffin, “my whole being was rejuvenated back into an adventure-cast youth,” he says. more


The uses of ham radio during WWII are being explored as a possible area museum exhibit. Photo shows USAAF radio operator aboard warplane. Shortwave radio was then in its heyday, as many older veterans remember, so it provides a writing stimulus for recapturing thoughts from long ago. Anchoring the exhibit might be a recently acquired BC-342-N receiver, built for the military by Farnswroth Radio Corporation with a frequency range of 1.5-18MHz. more


Some veterans find that a good first step in the writing process is to share what they remember with others interested in preserving memories of wartime experiences. Call Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum to see who the next speaker is on the second Saturday of each month.  A war veteran will tell his or her story at 900 am (first half hour is social period), until 1130.  Just listening will put you in the mood for writing--or helping a family member collect ideas.


The Speaker Series at the Museum is now known as the Black Hills Veterans Forum, under a new leadership and management team, but the same second Saturday and place, allowing the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group to focus on the writing process. Battlestory.org continues to promote recording military memoirs and to archive existing stories and showcase new ones.  Both the speaking and writing missions should get stronger, so let us know if you want to get further involved with ongoing things-to-do or help with.


Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien will be the focus of the Sturgis Library "Big Read" discussion project. He is the author of The Things They Carried.


O’Brien will be presenting in Sturgis to both students at the High School and later for the public at the Community Center on Friday, September 22. Prior to that visit, the book will be dispersed throughout the community and studied within several Sturgis Brown High School English classes. Additional book discussions, musical shows, visual art displays, and veteran focused events will take place beginning September 7 and ending on Veterans Day.  more


See our own "Spooky" AC-47 gunner Robert Schilling(USAF ret) featured in two new articles, one by LTC George Larson, the other by the Department of Defense for his participation in the Airman Leadership School at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

 


Send us a message to be on confidential email list to receive a monthly update.  Do you have a story about your military service that you'd like to share and possibly write down?  We'd like to hear from you.


Contact us at
veterans@battlestory.org