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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.

On May 10, Maj. Ed McGaa (USMC F-4 Phantom pilot Vietnam) will talk about Charles Schreyvogel's 32 drawings which depict Red Cloud, Custer, and the guns and horsemanship used by the Sioux and US Cavalry during heroic battles of the 19th-century. Bill Casper will moderate.

 

On June 14, LTC George Larson and Paul Priest will talk about the Bridge at Remagen, scene of horrific fighting at the Ludendorff Railway Bridge spanning the Rhine River, as soldiers like Priest (and other veterans in our group) entered the German homeland.  more

On July 12, LTC Jennifer Rollins of Ellsworth Air Force Base will talk about her experiences as a Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache in Sierra Leone, Africa, July 2010-July 2012.  As a B1-B navigator and Weapons Systems Officer, she has logged thousands of flying and combat hours, working on missions such as Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom.  more

On August 9, Maj. Curt Nupen (USAF ret) of Piedmont will talk about his experience in B-52s in Vietnam.  You've already heard from other B-52 crew members from Vietnam, including CPT Kim Morey and CMSGT Richard Lake.

On September 13, MSGT Jim Blair of EAFB and the SD Air and Space Museum will talk about recent advising missions to the Afghanistan military.

On September 11, Col Marty Mahrt of Custer will talk about being an F-105D pilot during two tours of Vietnam.  He was shot down on his 102nd combat mission, and was rescued by a Jolly Green Giant crew making the farthest north rescue of the war.  He received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and many more medals.

Update on Jerry Teachout. Travis Bolt just visited Jerry in Sturgis and notes setbacks we should be aware of. 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.

Military history discussion group? Contact Bill (above) or talk to him at the meeting if you are interested in getting together monthly or quarterly 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.

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