Recent Group News

THOMAS K. OLIVER (USAAF)      Tom Oliver in 2009      Oliver photos 2012 LESTER SNYDER (USAAF)       Durkee's Crew WARREN FAGERLAND (ARMY) HARRY NOLLSCH (ARMY)        Harry Nollsch       Taps Delayed       The Purple Heart FRANK MORAWA (GERM. ARMY)        Life of Frank Morawa LOYD BRANDT (MARINES)      Reluctant Heroes       Brothers in Arms JERRY TEACHOUT (USAAF)       Leaving Home for WWII CHUCK CHILDS (USAAF)       I Flew the Big One      Riding Rails before WW2 HARRY PUTNAM (NAVY)       Veterans STEVEN WARREN (NAVY) GORDON LEASE (COAST GUARD) CLARENCE CARSNER (ARMY) WALLY DAHLQUIST (USAAF) GEORGE W. LARSON (NAVY) ALAN HERBERT (ARMY) PETER DAHLBERG (ARMY)      December 7, 1941      Friends for Life      He Took My Place RICHARD PERKINS (MARINES)      Letter home, 1944 RUSSEL FRINK (NAVY) EJI SUYAMA (ARMY) JIM LOCKHART (NAVY) REX ALAN SMITH (ARMY ENG) VINCE FITZGERALD (NAVY) HONOR FLIGHTS PRISONERS OF WAR CHARLES ANDERSON (USAAF)      Life of Charles Anderson STAN LIEBERMAN (ARMY) HARLAND HERMANN (ARMY)      Letters during WWII      My Combat in the 442nd WALTER MARCHAND (ARMY)      D-Day Doctor's Diary JUNO SUNDSTROM (ARMY) KEITH CHRISTENSEN (ARMY)     Story of Stan Lieberman      John Fuller Goes to War HAROLD JANSEN (Navy) JOHN W. FULLER (NAVY) DEAN SHAFFHAUSEN (NAVY) CHARLES GERLACH (NAVY)      Combat Mission 15 WAYNE BREWSTER (ARMY) WILLIAM A. SEMLEK (ARMY) KENNETH HALLIGAN (ARMY) HAROLD TAYLOR (USAAF USAF) WALTER MEHLHAFF (ARMY) EDDIE KODET (ARMY) TOM McDILL (ARMY)      Story of Had Taylor PAUL PRIEST (ARMY) VICTOR WEIDENSEE (ARMY)       Weidensee maps OLA CAMPBELL (USAAF) DALLAS BLOMQUIST (Marines)       Christmas Lights BILL LOFGREN (ARMY) HOMEFRONT JOHN WILKINSON (ROYAL AF) MARCELLA LeBEAU (ARMY) HILARY COLE (USAAF) TOM WENN (USAAF) JOHN GASTON (USAAF) MAURICE CROW (USAAF) GEORGE MOLSTAD (USAAF) GEORGE MOE (US ARMY)

"I was honored and spoke on June 22" [2017] writes WWII B-17 pilot Chuck Childs (note new email address) from his new home in southwestern Minnesota with wife Grace.  He was one of the "Voices of Valor" at the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow in Granite Falls on that date. health update

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LTC George Larson (USAF ret) on his new book on Ellsworth Air Force Base's The 54th Fighter Interceptor Squadron:

Synopsis: " During the height of the Cold War, the United States started to develop and expand its air defense capabilities to knock down Russian Air Force nuclear-armed bombers flying over the North Pole, across Canada, and into the northern United States to attack US military targets and major cities. The Air Defense Command created air command centers, radar stations, ground observer corps, and fighter-interceptor squadrons. The 54th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (54th FIS), based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, protected the Strategic Air Command’s assets at Ellsworth AFB (nuclear alert bombers and tankers and intercontinental ballistic missiles). From 1951 to 1960, the men of the 54th FIS protected North America from possible air attack by long-range Russian Air Force bombers. The threat was deemed real at the time, only later shown to be less serious as the CIA overflew the Soviet Union with high-flying Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft."

USMC Guadalcanal Dallas Blomquist's Darlene told Bill that she's moved to 1205 Country Rd., 6N, Stanchfield, MN. She said that she is now near family, but that she misses South Dakota and would love to hear from her friends here.

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Vietnam veterans: Chris Laughery of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Dakota Midday radio show says they have a grant to interview Vietnam veterans (and others, even non-veterans that the war and period had a significant impact on). Such interviews help to dislodge and clarify ideas for further writing about your experiences.  Chris may have an ”uber” perspective after speaking in a heartfelt way with so many about the same topic, and that counts for something. Call him at (605) 202-0374 to chat.  He’s fun to talk with: 

"I am a proud United States Navy veteran and played a role in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Southern Africa."

Vietnam War Big Read Project in Sturgis: Raising awareness of the Vietnam War is the goal of this Black Hills upcoming reading and discussion project, centering on public readings of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, with discussions led in part by veterans from our Group. websitedonate

Jeffrey A. Nord (SFC SDANG ret) of Pierre served
in Desert Storm and show
how publish
ing your military story online can p
rovide an exciting new format--and bring out the creative in
you.  "The book talks about many of the unique things that happened during my 33 years in the military."   more

August speaker John Mollison has "just-now published a particularly interesting story of a WWII veteran - the guy who flew the last mission of the war, Capt. Jerry Yellin," so check this out.  Mollison has also recently added another WWII interview and drawing about Spearfish Spitfire pilot John Wilkinson. more

At the July 9 meeting, the Commandant of EAFB's Airman Leadership School, MSGT Kevin Davis, introduced his program.  He is interested in the potential of some veterans as resources and exemplars. As stated, "Prior to joining the NCO corps of the Air Force, senior airmen are put through the first round of professional military education, Airman Leadership School. The five-week course places senior airmen in real-world situations to provide them hands-on leadership training while also gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning behind being an NCO."

WWII Coastguardsman (North Africa, Anzio, Normandy) Gordon Lease interviewed for SDPB by Jim Kent for Memorial Day 2016.  Photo shows 18 year-old Lease during the war. Listen to (and read) "US Coast Guard Vet Recalls WWII Beach Landings".

Listen to Lori Walsh, former Marine and now South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Dakota Midday anchor, interview Ingrid Azvedo(April 9, 2016 speaker). Also listen to her interview of LTC George A.Larson (March 12, 2016 speaker) for over 18 minutes.


Paul Priest on German TV. This Battle of the Bulge veteran will be featured in a documentary on German television.  Congrats, Paul.  ck).   As reported, producer "Werner Kubny’s documentation tells a dramatic history, which took place before exactly 70 years on the Rhine with impressive file material and the memories of German and American contemporary witnesses."  The crossing of the Rhine, of course, happened on March 7, 1945.  Paul was there.

Iwo Jima remembered. Cpt. Jerry Yellen, now 91, of Fairfield, Iowa flew P-51s during the Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19 to March 26). watch video