Vietnam "Big Read" Project

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)


Dear Black Hills Veterans Writing Group,

I’m writing on behalf of a committee working to secure a grant which would allow us to host a series of programs in the Sturgis area surrounding veterans’ issues with special emphasis on those who served in Vietnam. We hope you can help support this effort by making a donation at this time.

Sturgis Area Arts Council and the Sturgis Public Library are collaborating with a diverse group of community leaders and veterans to facilitate this process. The grant, offered by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA,) centers around a novel titled The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, whose own tour of duty in Vietnam served as the inspiration for the book.

The committee has been working since last summer to develop programs that facilitate a conversation in our area focused on the unique cultural and social moment which was Vietnam. Further, and perhaps more importantly, we aim to acknowledge the effects of war on the veterans, their families, the nation, and our own communities. Through our work, it’s evident those effects are still being deeply felt and the lessons learned may be applied to better understanding those who served not only in Vietnam – but in every conflict since. These programs will be held between Labor Day and Veterans’ Day 2017. We are planning opportunities

For combat soldiers to tell their stories


To learn the history and geography of the Vietnam conflict


For soldiers who served in other conflicts to compare their experiences


To meet Vietnamese immigrants to hear their stories


To participate in related art projects


To experience a USO sort of musical event


To discuss the novel in a variety of times and places


To hear keynote speaker, Dr. Jason McEntee, on war, literature and the healing professions


To explore the peace movement of the 1960s and 70s

To meet and hear author Tim O’Brien here in the Black Hills

Additionally, Tom Rancour of Armed Forces Display and Gifts has agreed to bring Vietnam era packs and the actual things they carried in the field for a program. SD Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Larry Zimmerman, will speak at the program’s closure around Veterans Day 2017.

At this time, we are projecting a need for $7000 to match a grant of the same amount from the NEA. We would appreciate donations of any amount, which may be mailed to our address above or emailed through our web site. We are a 501C3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.

We hope to be one of the seventy-five communities in the country selected for this grant. If we are not approved, we are committed to bringing this important conversation to the Black Hills. Our proximity to Ft. Meade and the concentration of military bases in our area make us uniquely qualified to spearhead this work. We would be honored to count you among those helping to better understand and serve our veteran community.

Respectfully,

Dorothy Pulscher