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 June 11, US Navy CPT James A. Huff (ret) of Rapid City will talk about being a Naval Air Intelligence Officer with P-3 Orion squadrons involved in anti-submarine warfare, drug ship interdiction, and intelligence gathering 1978-1981.
"We hunted Soviet submarines," he says. Alluding to the legendary Captain Ahab, "On these long patrols, looking for Soviet Submarines, I thought of the similarities between Herman Melvillle's Moby Dick and the Foxtrot Submarines...I acquired an obsession to find a Soviet diesel-electric submarine on the surface and photograph it. This was a personal and quiet obsession that I shared with no one. This class of submarine was named by NATO as 'The Foxtrot,'" which "played a significant role in the Cuban Missle Crisis" of 1962, which cast a shadow for decades (four of the escort subs had nuclear-tipped torpedoes). Pushing the bourdaries of nuclear war, the "Soviet submarine captains on the Foxtrots had to unanimously agree to use the nuclear torpedoes if confronted by the U.S. Navy." 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 YouTube
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 November 12, 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 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 outnumbered enemy.Say hello to Bret S. Whitmore at an upcoming meeting. He is a USAF Desert Storm veteran, military historian, and writer. more
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