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, until 1130. The free meetings are at EAFB's South Dakota Air and Space Museum. You are invited.
On July 9, Maj. Robert Liebman (USAF ret) of Rapid City will visually present his experience as a B-52 and B-1 flyer in the Cold War end-game years, the prospect of nuclear warfare as a participant, and other technical and cultural aspects. more
On August 13, John Mollison of Sioux Falls will talk about his long career as artist of military aircraft, as well as his accomplishments in video and television documentary relating to lifestories of veterans (SDPB had 2015 Veterans Day special film about a Vietnam War POW). more
On November 12, Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City will talk about his Vietnam war experiences as a dog handler. It is estimated that combat dogs saved the lives of 10,000 US military. He later was assigned in the nuclear weapons and missle industry at the Nevada Test site. Dugan also served on the Honor Guard at JFK's funeral.
On December 10, Mel W. Gunderson of Black Hawk will talk about his combat in the Ia Drang Valley, early in the Vietnam War, as part of the US Army 1st Cavalry Division, 1965-1966. He was with Joe Galloway who co-authored We Were Soldiers Once...and Young about the experience of surviving near annihilation as their unit landed in the middle of a vastly outnumbered enemy.
On January 14, Ken Delfino of Keystone will talk about his combat experiences with the US Navy's River Patrol Force in South Viet Nam and what the current generation's mission is now: "We members of the original group will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary next year," he adds.
Robert J. Moir, Delfino's executive officer, has written about their experiences: "During the Vietnam War, small U.S. Navy units patrolled Mekong Delta rivers in fiberglass boats armed with machine guns, four men to a boat. By day they stopped Vietnamese junks, sampans and water taxis, checked people's identification, and searched for weapons and contraband. At night, during curfew, they drifted silently with the current, watching and listening for enemy movement. They were often targets for Viet Cong gunners. Boats were hit and men were wounded and killed." more YouTube
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