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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 bat 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.




Carolina Vietnam veteran shares memories about Operation Linebacker II below

 

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

On April 11, LTC George Larson will present on his latest books on military history, including Great Plains Warriors of World War II:  Air Bases and Plants Built for War. The contributions of German and Italian POWs will also be discussed. more

On May 9, Maj. Ed "Eagle Man" McGaa (USMC ret) will talk about his new book Warrior's Odyssey: Spirit of Crazy Horse. McGaa was an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.  more

 

On June 13, combat artist and US Army veteran James Pollock will talk about his experiences with the Vietnam Combat Artists Program (CAT Team IV) in Vietnam in 1967. "I had a canteen, camera, sketchbook, some personal items, and a 45 caliber pistol" he says.  more

 

On July 13, Mike Birnbaum of Rapid City will present on his Vietnam experiences with the US Army's 9th Infantry Division during 1967 and 1968 and later as only the fifth Command Sergearnt Major (ret) in the South Dakota National Guard history.

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Military history discussion group? Contact Bill Casper 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.

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.

Free online courses. The "open university" approach from top British universities.  Several dealing with WWI.  History oriented.  Veterans in the Black Hills are just as close to the action as anyone else in the world.  more

 

Vietnam veteran (Capt.) Johnny L. Blye of South Carolina was reminded of his combat experience in Operation Linebacker II when he saw a mention of our Group in Indian Country Today.  more

 

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. . ."

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