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


Vietnam veteran Clark Mola was interviewed recently by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He shared his seldom revealed thoughts on what it was like to serve as a helicopter pilot, flying troops and ammo into ground-fire-intense Landing Zones, then extracting the dead and wounded.

-----Such video clips provide priceless firsthand testimony of what the war was like—and the look-back thoughts of the veteran years later.  A digital copy should be saved in the veteran’s possession, not just a link (which may well disappear in time).

-----For writing more complete memoirs, the veteran or family member should copy (that is, transcribe) the spoken words into text, then print them for safekeeping, to become the nucleus around which further ideas can be added.

listen to Mola video interview

Check similar Black Hills Vietnam veterans:

Jim Dugan and Marty Mahrt and Richard Lake

 


The South Dakota Veterans Forum (Speaker Series) is always the second Saturday monthly.





 

USAF Colonel Debra Shattuck’s new book is Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers. An SDPB documentary film (Dakota Life series) offers the best overview, with Shattuck herself providing the narration.  With a Ph.D in American Studies from the University of Iowa, she is currently provost and professor at John Witherspoon College.  She was working in the Pentagon during the Terrorist Attack on September 11, 2001. more


The Black Hills Veterans Writing Group continues to focus on the writing process, with Battlestory.org promoting the recording of military memoirs and archiving of stories, while showcasing new ones. 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. Just listening will put a would-be writer in the mood--or help a family member collect ideas and photos.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has recently hired a scholar in psychological warfare (PSYWAR) to head its Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Allison B. Gilmore, Ph.D, comes from Ohio State University in Lima, and her book You Can’t Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Allied Psychological Warfare against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southwest Pacific (University of Nebraska,1998) is “a study of Allied propaganda operations designed to undermine Japanese military morale during the Pacific War,” according to this state engineering and science university in Rapid City.

A former US Psychological Operations (PSYOP) specialist on Amazon says that “I found Allison Gilmore’s study of the US PSYWAR efforts against the Imperial Japanese Army during the Pacific War not only historically interesting but also invaluable.”


See also Rich Higgens' "POTUS and Political Warfare" for an interesting contemporary memo on similar themes.


Reading military history of any kind is a stimulus to remembering, and then writing. MAJ Ed McGaa finds that military novels help him reconnect with his earlier Marine Corps combat in Korea and then in Vietnam as an F4 Phantom pilot.  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

 

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


Free kickoff preview of The Vietnam War film series in Sturgis on September 7, beginning at 530 pm.   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.


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veterans@battlestory.org