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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.  The next meeting will bat Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City (left on first light past Campbell on Omaha). Library door. No steps. Can't miss it.  Lots of close parking.  All meetings are open to the public.  You are invited.





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On May 9, Maj. Ed "Eagle Man" McGaa (USMC ret) will talk about his latest  book, the adventure-filled autobiography Warrior's Odyssey: Spirit of Crazy Horse. McGaa was an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, known for superior performance for Close Air Support and dodging SAMS.  more

 

WWII veterans luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 13, 11-1 pm, and will again be at the TREA building.  If you can set up earlier that morning, call host Bill Casper at 342-0893 or billcasper75@gmail.com.


On June 13, combat artist and US Army veteran James Pollock will talk about his experiences with the Vietnam Combat Artists Program (CAT Team IV) in Vietnam in 1967. "I had a canteen, camera, sketchbook, some personal items, and a 45 caliber pistol" he says.  more Wikipedia

 

On July 13, Mike Birnbaum of Rapid City will present on his Vietnam experiences with the US Army's 9th Infantry Division during 1967 and 1968 and later as only the fifth Command Sergearnt Major (ret) in the South Dakota National Guard history.  He is currently chairman of the South Dakota Veterans Commission.

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On August 8, Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences in the US Navy during World War II as the US sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Photo shows Jansen in 1944 at the age of 21, as seen on a LCT (Landing Craft Tank) in the battle of the Philippines. more

On September 12, Evelyn Lenton of Rapid City will talk about her childhood incarceration by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II, along with her mother and brother.  Her father was a US Navy doctor.  Photo below shows other Philippines-incarcerated children (with sailor) aboard the SS Jean Lafitte heading for home.  We also remember the Sascha Weinzheimer story in Ken Burns' WW2 film series and book.

Military history discussion group at the Rapid City Public Library. more

Speakers, do you want a video record for posterity?
Bill Casper will digitally videotape (onto a CD) a speaker for $25, just the cost of materials.  Call Bill (342-0893) in advance of the meeting to arrange for this service.  Or email him.


Paul Priest on German TV. This Battle of the Bulge veteran will be featured in a documentary on German television.  Congrats, Paul.  Watch the video (click).   As reported, producer "Werner Kubny’s documentation tells a dramatic history, which took place before exactly 70 years on the Rhine with impressive file material and the memories of German and American contemporary witnesses."  The crossing of the Rhine, of course, happened on March 7, 1945.  Paul was there.

Iwo Jima remembered. Cpt. Jerry Yellen, now 91, of Fairfield, Iowa flew P-51s during the Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19 to March 26). watch video

US Marine Loyd Brandt (right), who lives in Rapid City with wife Joyce, was fighting on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi when the famous photo was taken.   All in all, Brandt was involved in the Marine Corps invasions of Tinian, Saipan, and Okinawa, and several others.  He was on 55 Pacific islands. Rapid School High School graduate (1942) and School of Mines student and Navy lieutenant Delbert Mont Gerlach was killed in action on Iwo Jima while spotting artillery for the Marines.  Marine Jack First of First Gun Shop was on Iwo Jima too.  Bombardier Les Snyder (Mines professor emeritus) was one of the first to land his shot-up and burning B-29 on the newly captured island.

Send us a message to be on confidential email list to receive monthly notices of meetings.  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