Vietnam War

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has designated today as an official recognition of 50 years since the war in Vietnam.  To commemorate, Dakota Midday welcomes Vietnam veterans Grace Dwyer and Jim Teller along with Shirley Redmond, Public Affairs Director for the Sioux Falls VA.  Dwyer and Teller shared stories of their service and coming home.

John Mollison

Interview with historian/artist John Mollison.  Mollison’s new project for “Old Guys and Their Airplanes” is “There. And Back,” a 30-minute documentary featuring Vietnam War POW Capt. Charlie Plumb. 

“There. And Back.” documents the profoundly challenging experiences that Plumb experienced during and after the Vietnam War.  Mollison accompanied Plumb on a recent visit to Vietnam.  

National Museum of the U.S. Army

During the Vietnam War, James Pollack entered combat zones armed with a .45 pistol, canteen, camera and sketchbook. The South Dakota native was one of 46 U.S. Army Soldiers commissioned to chronicle the war as a part of the Vietnam Combat Art Program. After two months accompanying soldiers on patrol, Pollack and the other artists were shipped to studios in Hawaii to finish their work. It became property of the U.S. Army Art Collection at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

Associated Press

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. The United States had just a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives left in the country in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords. With a North Vietnamese victory inevitable and the U.S. prepared to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried about the safety of South Vietnamese allies, family and friends and scrambled to get them out of the country. After the Tan Son Nhut airport was hit by rockets, Vietnamese were evacuated via helicopters from the U.S.

"Push Someone"

Dec 8, 2014
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Sioux Falls aviation artist and historian John Mollison visited about the latest project from Old Guys and their Planes, "Push Somone," the incredible story of F-4 Phantom pilots Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne.  Mollison also discussed his work as it pertains to preserving aviation history through art and the audio/visual projects on which he works with Rick Lingberg of Sioux Falls.

CMSgt (USAF Ret.) Richard Lake talks more about his time as a B-52 tail gunner during the Vietnam War in a presentation to the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group in Rapid City at 9:00 a.m. at Western Dakota Technical Institute. Lake's presentation is about the 2nd half of his career from 1982 to 1997. The first part of that talk will be about the mission two B-52s flew from Guam in October of 1980 to locate and photograph the Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk. His presentations to the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group include an extensive slide show.