to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which meets at 9 a.m. (until 11 or so) on the second Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City (left on first light past Campbell on Omaha). Main door. No steps. Can't miss it. Lots of close parking. All meetings are open to the public. You are invited.
Black Hills Military Appreciation Ball Set for Saturday, November 1 more
On November 8, WW2 US Army soldiers Paul Priest and Bill Lofgren, along with LTC George Larson (USAF ret), will talk about the Bridge at Remagen, scene of horrific fighting at the Ludendorff Railway Bridge spanning the Rhine River. Soldiers like Priest and Lofgren (and other veterans in our group) entered the German homeland. Say Larry Beezley, "Paul Priest of Rapid City was a scout, on foot, with the 9th Armored Division pushing eastward toward the Rhine. He spent a night alone in an abandoned gas station with a cache of German grenades and guns, which he took from dead soldiers, watching for a German advance west. He was alone, a listening post, and figured it was a suicide mission. In 1945, the area was littered with dead bodies. The following day, the 9th came thru on its way to Remagen and Berlin." more
On December 13, former USAF officer Terri Jorgenson of Piedmont will talk about her experience with US missle systems, before introducing a panel of women veterans from the Black Hills. She will also describe her project to record audio interviews of these veterans. Those who have a story to tell either on December 13 (or in an audio interview) should contact her.
On January 10, Army Brigadier General Ted Johnson, recently retired from the South Dakota National Guard, will talk about his experiences directing the Guard through the largest call up of SDNG forces since WWII. More than 7,200 troops were deployed to support the War on Terror. He is the only general officer in the SDNG ever to command a combat unit: the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2010 to 2011. more
On February 14 Wayne Brewster of Rapid City will recount his US Army experiences fighting across Europe, starting on Omaha Beach (first wave) then into the heavily defended Rhineland. " I was in the invasion of Normandy on June 6th 1944, scheduled to land 20 minutes after H-Hour, who knows the exact time? I was in the combat engineers, attached to the 29th Division. Our outfit earned five battle stars. We were on the same route as Gen. LeClerc’s 2nd Army for the liberation of Paris, in August. We crossed the Rhine on a pontoon bridge near the Remagan railroad bridge about a week after it collapsed." more
On March 14, Al Glinsmann of Hisega will talk about his experiences with the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War, from 1950-1953. His US Army artillery unit started out on the Pusan perimeter and eventually fought next to the Chinese border at the Yalu River in North Korea. After the war, he became a Lutheran minister. more
As President of the Berlin Airlift Veterans Association, LTC Chuck Childs recently returned from a reunion in Germany and was interviewed by AFN Stuttgart, where Alan Herbert of Belle Fourche served as a US Army announcer right after WWII. MoreSpeakers, 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.
Military history discussion group? Contact Bill (above) or talk to him at the meeting if you are interested in getting together monthly at the Rapid City Public Library to discuss topics in military history, perhaps focusing on a book or film. Used books can often be had for little on Amazon. The library has a mobile computer project cart with Internet connection that can be reserved along with the room. The last Friday of the month has tentatively been set for the Hoyt Room there, 9-11 am.
"A Vietnamese Father's Pilgrimage to Mount Rushmore, 40 Years After Saigon" by NewsCenter1/KNBN anchor Shad Olson (photo when he MC-ed our September 11, 2011 meeting and patriotic remembrance day event). read
Grace Childs' new book is available on Amazon (Kindle edition). My Memories of World War II Homefront. "I was born in mid North Dakota in the depression era and grew up in a large, poor rural family. . ."
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