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to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which meets at 900 am (first half hour is 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 SEPTEMBER 10, USMC MAJOR ED McGAA, a Korean war veteran who flew F4B Phantom fighters in Vietnam, will talk about his new book on global terrorism in the context of his Sioux upbringing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  He flew 110 combat missions in the fighters, receiving 8 air medals and 2 Crosses of Gallantry. more, Table of Contents


On October 8, Rapid City architect Dick McConnell will speak about his Vietnam War experiences as a lieutenant in the Mekong Delta with the US Army.  Wounded by an RPG and airlifted to Japan, two weeks later he learned that all other members of his unit, about 30, had been ambushed and killed.  more

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Instead of the regular meeting format, on November 12, Bill Casper, as part of Operation Black Hills Cabin, is organizing a special focus on Afghanistan/Iraq veterans with 10-15 minute summaries from several who served there.

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 outnumbering 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

On February 11, 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 March 11, Alan B. Walker will speak about his combat experiences as a Marine on Foxtrot Ridge in Vietnam, described in his memoir Every Warrior Has His Own Song. He was born and brought up on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Winnebago, Nebraska.  His father was an Omaha Indian.  His mother was a great granddaughter of "one of the original seventy-five braves who volunteered to scout for the U.S. Army in 1863." more

Jeffrey A. Nord (SFC SDANG ret) of Pierre has agreed to be one of the first SDASM "week day" (yet to be scheduled) speakers to
talk about his role in Desert Storm and show
how publishing your military story online can provide an exciting new format--and bring out the creative in
you.  "The book talks about many of the unique things that happened during my 33 years in the military."   more


Say hello to Bret S. Whitmore at an upcoming meeting.  He is a USAF Desert Storm veteran, military historian, and writer.  more

August speaker John Mollison has "just-now published a particularly interesting story of a WWII veteran - the guy who flew the last mission of the war,Capt. Jerry Yellin," so check this out.

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

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veterans@battlestory.org