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to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group which has helped veterans write up their military experiences since 2005. On the second Saturday of each month, a war veteran or academic tells his or her story at 900 am (first half hour is social period), until 1130.  Come to Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum.  You and family are invited.  It's free.

On February 11, Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City talked about his Vietnam war experiences as a dog handler, especially at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. It is estimated that combat dogs like Nemo of Tan Son Nhut saved the lives of 10,000 US military.  Walking point, dogs can see, hear, smell, and understand far beyond human capability. Dugan was later assigned within the nuclear weapons and missle industry at the Nevada Test site.  film, SDPB interview

On March 11, Alan B. Walker will speak about his combat experiences as a Marine on Foxtrot Ridge in Vietnam, two miles from the Khe Sanh Combat Base, 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

On April 8, Ray and Josephine Cowdery of Rapid City will present on their new book Jensen's War about Wasta rancher Leonel Jensen who served with the American Red Cross in World War II Europe.

"In the introduction we will quickly cover the pioneer Jensen family and Leonel’s pre-war activities including at the Summer White House in Custer State Park, running the bank in Wall at the time the Hustead family arrived in Wall and started the Drug Store adjacent to the bank.  Then we will concentrate on his military service and Red Cross service in the ETO and his invention of putting up Wall Drug signs in Europe." Jensen bio

On May 13, “How to Speak Communist.” MAJ Bob Liebman (USAF ret) and former Iron Curtain defector Peter Vodenka, author of Journey for Freedom, will talk about how the Soviets weaponized language in pursuit of a global socialist state, which is still a little-known but key player in today’s geopolitical world.


Luncheon for WWII Veterans.
Wednesday, May 17th at the TREA Building.  11:00AM start.  more

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