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South Dakota War Stories: The Great Plains to Southwest Asia - Protecting America's Freedom
  • by George A. Larson, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
    • Merriam Press Military History Series
      • First Edition 2015
      • 640 6x9-inch pages
Citizens and veterans of South Dakota have served with distinction in the U.S. military since the early 1800s. There are many interesting South Dakota War Stories and 126 of them are in this volume.
     These stories provide a snapshot of South Dakotans and the role they played in settling the Great Plains, service in the U.S. Armed Forces, stories of the Native American tribes of South Dakota, and the service of South Dakotan men and women in the protection of the United States.
     Coverage includes the Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the war on terror, and much more, with every branch of the service as well as the South Dakota National Guard from its earliest days covered through the dozens of accounts by and of those who were there.
     The author, Lieutenant Colonel George A. Larson, USAF (Ret.), a resident of Rapid City, is a member of the South Dakota Veterans Writing Group.

  1. Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery in South Dakota
  2. The Conclusion of the Indian Wars in South Dakota
  3. The Dakota Territory Cavalry Companies for service in the U.S. Civil War 1861 to 1865
  4.  South Dakota National Guard, Birth of the South Dakota National Guard
  5. Early Railroad Development in the Black Hills
  6. Fort Meade Historic Army Post in the western Dakotas
  7. South Dakota National Guard, 1889-Statehood
  8. South Dakota National Guard, 1893-the Guard is Renumbered
  9. South Dakota National Guard, 1898-The Spanish-American War
  10. South Dakota State Soldier’s (1886 to 2012) Veteran’s Home, Hot Springs, South Dakota
  11. Spanish American War (1898 to 1902), South Dakota Volunteers, 1st South Dakota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and 3rd United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
  12. Camp Rapid, South Dakota National Guard
  13. Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Department of Veterans Medical Center, Hot Springs, South Dakota
  14. Armored Cruiser USS South Dakota
  15. Renold Schat, “World War I U.S. Army experience in France on the Western Front”
  16. South Dakota National Guard Service on the U.S.-Mexico Border in 1916
  17. The U.S. Army’s 1916 Punitive Expedition, “The hunt for Poncho Villa,” Fourth South Dakota Infantry
  18. South Dakota National Guard, World War I
  19. Stratobowl Balloon Launches, The United States Race into Space with the Soviet Union
  20. Mely Rahn, “A girl remembers the Nazi occupation of France during World War II”
  21. Sonja Cody, “A girl remembers the London Blitz”
  22. Claire Peterson, “A Civilian Conservation Corps recruit looks back on a Black Hills experience”
  23. South Dakota National Guard, World War II Pacific Theater of Operations
  24. South Dakota National Guard, World War II European Theater of Operations
  25. Black Hills Ordnance Depot, Edgemont, South Dakota
  26. John Burnfin, Fire Chief, U.S. Naval Air Station, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 1941
  27. Stan Lieberman Remembers the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  28. Victor Weidensee, 3rd Air Commando Group
  29. Tom McDill, “Survivor of Bataan during World War II”
  30. World War II Rationing in South Dakota
  31. Luverne ‘Vern’ A. Kramer, “Civil Air Patrol hunting German U-boats off the U.S. East Coast”
  32. Rextroat Ola, “Women Air Force Service Pilots in World War II”
  33. History of Ellsworth Air Force Base
  34. North Bombing Range World War II, Support for training operations at Rapid City Army Air Base
  35. Clarence Carsner, 34th Infantry Division, 109th Engineer Regiment, “Combat duty in North Africa and Italy, World War II”
  36. Marion J. Larkin, “Boeing B-17s in North Africa”
  37. Clair Patterson, DD USS McGowan, “Pacific Combat”
  38. Joe Foss, United States Marine Corps, Fighter Ace over Guadalcanal
  39. Lt. Col. Don Wicker, USAF (Ret.), “World War II to the Cold War”
  40. Edwin Petranke, Four-Time Purple Heart Recipient, 36th Infantry Division, World War II
  41. Gordon Lease, United States Coast Guard, “1943 Salerno amphibious operation”
  42. Joseph Munro, World War II LT. J.G., “USS Shelton (DE-407) and USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96)”
  43. Arthur T. Jansen, United States Marine Corps, “World War II Pacific Combat”
  44. Jerry Teachout, United States Army Air Corps
  45. Harry Nollsch, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division-North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Germany
  46. Charles Gerlach, “Capture of U-515 in the North Atlantic”
  47. George W. Larson, “A Seabee’s Story, Tinian and Okinawa, 1944-1945”
  48. Had Taylor, German Prisoner of War, Stalag 17, Krems, Austria
  49. Lt. Commander, John C. Waldron, USS Hornet, the Battle of Midway, May 1942
  50. Thomas K. Oliver, “B-24 down over Yugoslavia, May 1944”
  51. “Operation Frantic,” Eighth Air Force shuttle bombing missions of Germany from England to Russia and back
  52. Peter Dahlberg, U.S. Army World War II, “The Bridge at Remagen”
  53. Dean Shaffhausen, “Amphibious Group Nine, Leyte Gulf”
  54. Gordon Lease, World War II Coast Guardsman
  55. Harold Jansen, U.S. Navy, World War II
  56. World War II Consolidated B-24E Liberator Training Crash, Meadow, South Dakota
  57. Japanese balloon firebombing attacks against the United States, and South Dakota during World War II
  58. Personal look at the “Battle of the Bulge,” Three South Dakota veterans recall the historic battle
  59. Paul Priest, Bridging the Rhine at Remagen
  60. Gale Holbrook, 96th United States Naval Construction Battalion, Philippines and China
  61. Carl Anderson, “A personal View of the United States Occupation of Japan after World War II”
  62. 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  63. Weaver Air Force Base B-29s deploy to Europe in support of the Berlin Airlift, SAC forward deploys its atomic capable bombers
  64. South Dakota National Guard, 1950 to 1953, Korean War
  65. Colonel Dale Friend, USA (Ret.), Korea, Vietnam, Germany, “Disputing myths about the U.S. military in the Vietnam War”
  66. Gerald (Jerry) Teachout, “Focus on Korea, 1951”
  67. R.A. Jacobsen, “Prisoner of War (POW) Riots by North Korean and Communist Chinese Prisoners during the Korean War”
  68. Raleigh H. Watson, Jr., Convair B-36, 77th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base Electronic Countermeasures Mechanic
  69. How Ellsworth Air Force Base got its Name
  70. Ralph Whitaker, B-36 crewman, Ellsworth Air Force Base
  71. Matador Cruise Missile, South Dakota Missileers in America’s First Nu-clear Ground-to-Ground Guided Missile
  72. Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles at Ellsworth Air Force Base
  73. MSgt Robert O’Daniel, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, 54th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Air Defense Command-Clear, Alaska and “Operation New Life,” Wake Island
  74. First Lieutenant Charlie Piper, USAF (Ret.), F-86D Pilot, 54th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
  75. Minuteman I and II Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles at Ellsworth Air Force
  76. South Dakota National Guard, The Berlin Blockade and resulting inter-national crisis
  77. MSgt. Robert O’Daniel, Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station (BMEWS), Clear, Alaska
  78. Gerald Teachout, USAF, Air Force Pilot in Vietnam, 1964
  79. USS Proteus, Cold War Nuclear Submarine Ballistic Missile Tender, Apra Harbor, Guam
  80. Alan B. Walker, May 28, 1968 “Foxtrot Ridge” South Vietnam
  81. Mark St. Pierre, December 1968, “Operation Fayette Canyon”
  82. Dean Muehlberg, U.S. Army, REMF “War Stories”: 17th CAG-Nha Trang, Vietnam-1969
  83. William L. Walker, “U.S. Army, Sketch of my daily life in Vietnam”
  84. Donald R. Smith, World War II, Korea War and Vietnam War, Airmen’s Career covers 32 years
  85. South Dakota National Guard, Rapid City Flood-June 1972
  86. Linebacker II, The end of the Vietnam War
  87. South Dakota National Guard, Service during the Vietnam War
  88. The Capture of South Vietnam by North Vietnamese Forces, The end of America’s 10,000-day war in Southeast Asia
  89. Review of Operation New Life on Wake Island, Report prepared for Commander Naval Forces Guam
  90. Airmen Bring New Life to South Vietnamese Refugees on Wake Island
  91. Pacific Backwater comes to Life again, Wake Island, “Operation New Life”
  92. Refugee Business Rewards with Memories, Wake Island, “Operation New Life”
  93. Lucky Rains, Hard Work, Mark Early Success, Wake Island, “Operation New Life”
  94. Wake Island Reviewed, “Operation New Life”
  95. Second Honor Roll Listed, “Operation New Life,” for 15th Air Force Personnel
  96. B-52Ds in the Defense of the Republic of South Korea
  97. B-52 Stratofortress Reconnaissance Missions during the Iran-Iraq War, “Operation Busy Observer”
  98. South Dakota National Guard, “Operation Desert Storm”
  99. A Unique View of the “Cold War” between the United States and Soviet Union, After the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and fall of the “Evil Empire”
  100. South Dakota National Guard, Spencer Tornado of May 30, 1998
  101. South Dakota National Guard, Oglala Tornado of 1999
  102. South Dakota Veterans War Memorial at Pierre, South Dakota
  103. South Dakota National Guard-Jasper, Flagpole and Maitland Fires (2000)
  104. South Dakota National Guard, “Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan”
  105. South Dakota National Guard, “Operation Iraqi Freedom”
  106. South Dakota National Guard, “Operation Noble Eagle”
  107. South Dakota National Guard, “Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan,” To War in Southwest Asia
  108. South Dakota National Guard Goes to War to Protect America, March 19, 2003
  109. Major Bob Liebman, B-1B Weapons Officer, “Combat Southwest Asia, 28th Bomb Wing”
  110. Senior Airmen James Pyeatt, 28th Munitions Squadron, “B-1Bs in Southwest Asia”
  111. SSgt. Ryan Walker, 34th Maintenance Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, “B-1Bs in Southwest Asia”
  112. Major Brian (Sea Bass) Witkowsky, 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, “B-1Bs in Southwest Asia”
  113. Lieutenant Colonel Lucien Case, Chief of Plans, 28th Bomb Wing, Operations Group
  114. Major Eric Upton, 37th Expeditionary Controller Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing
  115. South Dakota Army National Guard in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. John P. Weber, Commander, South Dakota Embedded Training Team
  116. South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Berlin Airlift Memorial Dedicated (October 3, 2008)
  117. Battleship USS Arizona Memorial, Preservation Project, A South Dakota School of Mines engineering contribution
  118. South Dakota National Guard, January 2010 Blizzard Relief
  119. South Dakota National Guard, James River Flood Support
  120. Operation Odyssey Dawn, 28th Bomb Wing, “B-1Bs over Libya”
  121. South Dakota National Guard, Missouri River Flood, May 2011
  122. South Dakota National Guard, The End of the War in Iraq
  123. 175 Years of Serving the United States, Celebration of the U.S. Army National Guard, Birthday Celebration of the South Dakota National Guard, 1862 to 2012
  124. Visit to Camp Rapid to Celebrate 150 years of National Guard History
  125. South Dakota National Guard, 2012: Countdown to Withdrawal from Afghanistan
  126. SSN 790 South Dakota: The third U.S. Navy warship named for South Dakota

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