Speakers in 2013

HOMEFRONT PRISONERS OF WAR THOMAS K. OLIVER (USAAF)      Tom Oliver in 2009      Oliver photos 2012 PETER DAHLBERG (ARMY)      December 7, 1941      Friends for Life      He Took My Place       Christmas Lights HAROLD TAYLOR (USAAF)      Story of Had Taylor STAN LIEBERMAN (ARMY)     Story of Stan Lieberman LESTER SNYDER (USAAF)       Durkee's Crew WARREN FAGERLAND (ARMY) EJI SUYAMA (ARMY)      My Combat in the 442nd 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      Combat Mission 15      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) RICHARD PERKINS (MARINES)      Letter home, 1944 RUSSEL FRINK (NAVY) JIM LOCKHART (NAVY) REX ALAN SMITH (ARMY ENG) VINCE FITZGERALD (NAVY) HONOR FLIGHTS CHARLES ANDERSON (USAAF)      Life of Charles Anderson HARLAND HERMANN (ARMY)      Letters during WWII WALTER MARCHAND (ARMY)      D-Day Doctor's Diary JUNO SUNDSTROM (ARMY) KEITH CHRISTENSEN (ARMY) DEAN SHAFFHAUSEN (NAVY) CHARLES GERLACH (NAVY) WAYNE BREWSTER (ARMY) WILLIAM A. SEMLEK (ARMY) KENNETH HALLIGAN (ARMY) WALTER MEHLHAFF (ARMY) EDDIE KODET (ARMY) TOM McDILL (ARMY) PAUL PRIEST (ARMY) VICTOR WEIDENSEE (ARMY)       Weidensee maps OLA CAMPBELL (USAAF) DALLAS BLOMQUIST (Marines) BILL LOFGREN (ARMY) HAROLD JANSEN (Navy)       Personal Summary JOHN W. FULLER (NAVY)      John Fuller Goes to War 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)

 


January speaker cancelled because of snow.

On February 9, Lt. Col. Chuck Childs (USAF ret) talked about experiences in the tense Berlin Airlift right after World War II, when he flew 37 combat missions against the Third Reich and was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker was one of those in attendance. more

 

On March 9, Ola Campbell(USAAF ret) talked about experiences during World War II.  A B-24 pilot, he was in the 454th Bomb Group, stationed at San Giovanni Airfield, Italy, 1944-1945.  He is a retired pastor and lives in Rapid City with wife Grace.  more with photos

 


On April 13

Lt. Col. George Larson (USAF ret) talked about his new book, his sixth, about the WWII Seabees: A Seabee's Story, Tinian and Okinawa B-29s and the Air War against Japan,released in September 2012. During his military career, Lt. Col. Larson served as a strategic intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command and Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, Pacific Air Forces with an assignment with Republic of South Korea Air Force, Alternative National Military Command Center, and Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.


Lt.Col. Larson was on SDPB's Dakota Midday show, Thursday April 11th broadcast at 11.40. more


On May 11th,

Mely Rahn of Rapid City presented her World War II memories of living in the tiny village of Vignaux, where she and her father and nurse fled  when Germany occupied the country.  They hid there for three years.

 

"I will be forever grateful to the people in that village," Rahn says. "They probably saved our lives."  She and her father left Vignaux just before she turned 6, and later immigrated to the US.  She remains a student of the military history surrounding this part of her girlhood.  more


On June 8th, Lt. Col. Les Snyder (USAF ret) presented over 50 color slides covering his 50 bombing missions during the Korean War.  "Almost nobody flew 50 missions and survived," Ray and Josephine Cowdery have pointed out. Snyder is Professor emeritus at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. more
(Les Snyder is far right in photo)


On July 13thDennis Edwards(USAF ret) talked about the Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots of World War II, who were eventually awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush. Edwards is District 2 Commander of American Legion Post 22 in Rapid City. Lt. Col. Chuck Childs MCed the event (his B-17s were often escorted by the Red Tails). more

(photo by Duke Doering)


On August 10th, CMSgt Richard Lake (USAF ret) talked more about his time as a B-52 tail gunner during the Vietnam War. "l’ll  be talking about the 2nd half of my career from 1982 to 1997. The first part of that talk will be about the mission two B-52s flew from Guam in Oct ’80 to locate and photograph the Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk.
They launched fighters against us, and this time I have slides from another crew member who was on the mission with us. Later, I was on the project that got the Ellsworth Airmen Leadership school named after Sam Turner. He was the first B-52 gunner to shoot down a MIG-21, and he was later stationed in the 37th Bomb Squadron with me."  more


On September14Dallas Blomquist of Piedmont presented his experiences as a Marine who manned

BAR at Guadalcanal, then entered the fight to take Peleliu, which he thought should have been side-stepped as the US fought north toward Japan.  "I'm definitely Old Breed," he says.  At Guadalcanal, he had a chance to meet journalist Richard Tregaskis who wroteGuadalcanal Diary.













 

 

On October 12th, Bruce Abele (photo) was introduced by Col Debra Shattuck (USAF ret), former commander of the 28th Maintenance Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  A live Skype session (MS VoIP) was displayed on the two big screens.  He is the son of LCDR Mannert Abele, Captain of the ill-fated USS Grunion, submarine which disappeared during 1942 off Kiska, Alaska, after reporting "intense anti-submarine activity."  A book is forthcoming by Abele.

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On November 9, Bill Casper.  During the Cold war

he was in the Air Force from November 1959 until November of 1963 and spent three of those years stationed with Detachment #2, 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron, "Badlands Bomb Plot".

 

Casper and the other members of thedetachment were responsible for the scoring of "simulated" bombing missions of B-47s, B-52s, and B-58s at the their site on Hurley Butte, eleven miles west of Interior, South Dakota.  Bill gave a slide presentation of the life and "action" at the site, on TDY assignments, and living the "highlife" in Wall, South Dakota.

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On December 14, Grace Childs talked about her experiences growing up during the Great Depression and life as a military wife and mother during World War II.  She often crossed the country alone with four children. Photo shows Grace playfully wearing husband Chuck's uniform in 1944. more

Photo thanks to Ray and Josephine Cowdery