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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, until 1130.  The free meetings are at EAFB's South Dakota Air and Space Museum.  You are invited.

On February 13, Major Dana Limbo, executive officer for the 881st Troop Command (SDNG, Sturgis) will talk about his combat experiences as a Lieutenant when his unit, the 200th Engineer Company (Bridge) out of Pierre and Chamberlain, was deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004. The unit built a 305 meter bridge across the Tigris River.  They maintained the bridge for the entire one year deployment.  The unit had mortar attacks nearly daily. They also helped build and maintain a POW camp.  Photo: 200th mortar attack.  more (Duke Doering reports that "The soldiers of the 200th Engineer Company have seen death and the horrors of war.  The South Dakota National Guard unit was stationed in the middle of some of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the war.") Other National Guard memoirs

On March 12 George Larson (LTC USAF ret) will present on his newly published book South Dakota War Stories, which anthologizes many of our own writers, as well as historical documents relating to military in the Black Hills.  It is 640 pages. "I have been working on this book since 1994, and intensely for the last five years. It is finally done and printed."  Do you notice your name in the Table of Contents?  [Copies of this book will be around in a hundred years and more, but online collections of stories, such as this website, will disappear instantly as soon as the latest, ever-increasing webhost bill isn't paid.]

On April 9,
Ingrid Radke-Azvedo will talk about her experiences hiding in war-ravaged Berlin during the final days of the Third Reich.

Confirmation photo 1948.

Ingrid and her mother were trapped in Berlin when the Soviets invaded the city and hid in a cellar for many days. They were witness to the autrocities that the Soviet Army perpetrated on the citizens of Berlin, particularly the women in the city.  more


April 22-3: World War II Comes to the Northern Plains, 1941-2016. 48th Annual Dakota History Conference: Sioux Falls.  Call for papers.  LTC George Larson will be presenting. more

On May 14, P-51 Mustang fighter pilot John Gaston of Newcastle, Wyoming, will offer a PPT presentation covering his WW2 experiences flying out of Lisena, Italy with the 325th Fighter Squadron (the "Checkertails") which had the yellow-and-black checker board design on their fighters' tails. A book covering this part of his life is about ready to go to print.  more

On June 11, US Navy CPT James A. Huff (ret) of Rapid City will talk about being a Naval Air Intelligence Officer for P-3 squadrons involved in anti-submarine warfare, drug ship interdiction, and intelligence gathering 1978-1981.  more

On July 9, 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. 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 September 10,
J
effrey A. Nord (SFC SDANG ret) will
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."  

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.

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

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.

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