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 meetings are now at EAFB's South Dakota Air and Space Museum, EXIT 67B. Main gate. No steps. We meet in the Gallery (photo below) left after entrance. Comfortable chairs, tables, and coffee plus. Lots of close parking. All meetings are open to the public. You are invited.
On October 10, Evelyn Lenton of Rapid City will talk about her childhood memories of the Japanese in Occupied Philippines during World War II, along with her midwife mother and brothers, in Manila. One brother, Arthur age 15, was taken off to harvest crops and was never seen again. Photo shows other children at the University of Santo Tomas internment camp right after liberation by US forces, 1945.
One of us in the Group shares that "I am very much looking forward to the next few presentations. Especially Evelyn Lenton should be very interesting. I am afraid that if my grandfather had not contracted TB when he did, my mother would have had similar experiences in Indonesia during World War II." more
At the same meeting, Black Hills Scale Modelers will present a 1:48 (14”) model of the A-20 attack bomber to Ellsworth and the South Dakota Air and Space Museum in honor of SD native and WWII A-20 pilot Hilary Cole, who will be present. more
On November 14, 1LT Marcella LeBeau will present on her WWII experiences as an Army nurse on Omaha Beach. “A mere 20 years after the US granted citizenship to the first Americans, a young Mniconjou woman left her reservation in South Dakota and joined the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.” more, story, more audio
On December 12, USAAF B-17 veteran Maurice Crow will report on his WWII experiences. "Morry and his crew completed 27 missions during eight months of flying combat with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater, and based on the difficulty of the missions, got credit for 30." more
Note: On July 26, B-17 ball (later top) turret gunner Tom Wenn was at the Old Fort Meade Museum in Sturgis to talk about his 25 combat missions in the European theater, with 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses in WW2. Maurie Crow was there then. Both men flew from 8th AF out of East Anglica, England. more
On January 9, US Army soldier Arnie Bergstrom of Rapid City will talk about his ordeals as a tunnel rat in Vietnam's Cu Chi district: "I served with the 65th Engineers in Vietnam as a demolition specialist. I was attached to several Inventory and Mechanized Units throughout South Vietnam. As a Demo Specialist, I spent a lot of time crawling through tunnels, clearing foliage and destroying enemy cover. I am proud to have served my country and, knowing the risk and fears, I would do it all over." more, Wikipedia
On February 13, Major Dana Limbo will talk about his combat experiences as a 2lt. 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 Tigres River. They maintained the bridge for the entire one year deployment. The had mortar attacks nearly daily. They also helped build and maintain a POW camp.
On June 11, US Navy CPT James A. Huff (ret) of Rapid City will talk about anti-submarine warfare activities during the first Gulf War (1990-1991). He commanded a US Naval lntelligence team of seven during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. more
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