WWII

In The Moment ... The Mission Of Herman Stern

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 1

Herman Stern rescued 125 people from persecution and possible death in Nazi Germany in the 1930's-40's.

Video Arts Studios has produced a documentary about Stern's rescue efforts and his life as a civic leader in North Dakota.  Producers Art Phillips and Carl Oberholtzer shared details of the film with Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

The face of a community can change when one of its members has a simple idea. Bill Casper had an idea about banners in downtown Rapid City and how they might be used to honor veterans of World War II. That vision is about to be displayed for the city. He joins us from SDPB's Black Hills Bureau with more.

Andrew Bork

In The Moment ... September 11, 2107 Show 174 Hour 2

As fliers associated with white supremacy make their way to South Dakota (some were recently found in Sioux Falls) state residents are reminded that neo-Nazi sentiments are not a thing of the past. How do we address nationalism, racism, and Nazi sympathies today? We begin with a look at history.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 17,2017 Show 158 Hour 2

What’s the impact of war on higher education? Today we welcome University of Sioux Falls professor Stephen Jackson. He’s been at work exploring the impact of World War II on the University of Sioux Falls. Dr. Jackson’s research will appear alongside other scholars’ work in the book “Denominational Higher Education During World War II.” The book focuses on the framing of faith and war, service to the nation, and the dynamics of the denominational campus during the war years.

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In The Moment ... July 31 2017, Show 145 Hour 2

One woman's chance encounter with family history led her to a 20 year research project. Children's author Andrea Page is coming to the Siouxland Libraries downtown branch in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. Her books is called "Sioux Code Talkers of WWII." We caught up with her for a conversation about language, cultural pride, and the men who saved the world.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 1, 2017 Show 105 Hour 2

Ben Jones is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. He's Associate Professor of History and the author of "Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, the Maqui, and the Liberation of France." He's taught at the Air Force Academy and has served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. He has a book signing coming up at the Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls. That's Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ben Jones joins us to discuss the legacy of irregular warfare in WWII.

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Dr. Sean Flynn, professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, reflects on the magnitude of the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. He discusses mistakes we made as a nation, the military operation logistics and the lessons and legacy of the Day of Infamy.

Dakota Midday: "The Gentleman Next Door"

Oct 24, 2016
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Filmmaker, artist and host of Old Guys and Their Airplanes, John Mollison, discusses the upcoming premiere of his short film "The Gentleman Next Door." The film features WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson who makes his home in South Dakota. Mollison's latest film premieres at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MT. The broadcast premiere of "The Gentleman Next Door" on SDPB-TV is Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m. CT.

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Lori Walsh talks live with artist/historian/filmmaker John Mollison of Sioux Falls.  On June 3, Mollison will be part of a ceremony at the Pierre Airport to honor WWII hero John C. Waldron of Ft. Pierre.  An Oglala Sioux, Waldron was killed during the battle at Midway.  As a member of the U.S.

Dakota Midday: Holocaust Awareness Day

Jan 27, 2016
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In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Patrick Hicks joined SDPB's Kealey Bultena to discuss his research and visits to the historical sites that served as Nazi death camps in Europe.  Hicks is the author of over 10 books including The Commandant of Lubizek.  He is Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

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WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson is speaking this Saturday at the regular meeting of the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.  Wilkinson, now an American citizen living in Spearfish, flew the historic Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.  He joined Dakota Midday to share some of his experiences and discuss his flying technique.  Wilkinson's presentation on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Two South Dakota women are Congressional Gold Medal recipients for their work during World War Two. The official ceremony in Washington, D.C. in December awarded the medals. Monday afternoon Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts a ceremony honoring the women. 

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest honors for civilians. South Dakotans Lois Schmidt and Pauline Hanson Brehe are recipients.

Civil Air Patrol Major Todd Epp says American leaders are acknowledging their service. He says Brehe and Schmidt were part of the original South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

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Ceremonies are scheduled this weekend at the Black Hills National Cemetery outside Sturgis and the National Cemetery in Hot Springs.  The gatherings are part of a nationwide commemorative event recognizing veterans of World War Two and their sacrifices.

  

The “Keep the Spirit of ’45 World War II 70th Anniversary Weekend” is a grass roots effort taking place in small towns and big cities from coast-to-coast. Events start on August 14…the day Japan surrendered to the U.S.…and continue through Sunday.

WWII Veteran Harold Jansen To Speak At Ellsworth

Aug 6, 2015
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WWII veteran Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences as a U.S. Navy Ensign when the United States sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte in October, 1944.  His presentation, sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, takes place on Saturday from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

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She was born in a ski lodge in the Italian Alps, rode a tandem bike with her husband through France to escape Hitler’s advancement across Europe, lived in New York City, worked in Hollywood during its heyday with such luminaries as Loretta Young, sat down to lunch regularly with Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry…and the list goes on.

NSU Honors WWII Pilot And Alum With Statue

Jun 12, 2014
Aberdeen News

As the second highest-scoring Navy ace in U.S. history, South Dakota's Capt. Cecil E. Harris' achievements as a fighter pilot during World War II garnered him local and national recognition. Harris shot down 24 enemy warplanes in 81 days while never taking a single bullet in his own plane. The Cresbard native and Northern State University Alumni's accomplishments prompted his alma mater's decision to honor him with an 8-foot bronze statue in his likeness.

A Seabee's Story

Apr 11, 2013

Lt. Col. George A. Larson (USAF-Ret.) is giving a talk about his sixth book, "A Seabee's Story: Tinian and Okinawa B-29s and the Air War Against Japan," to the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group Saturday morning at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.  The book includes the stories of his father, George W. Wilson, who was a Navy Seabee during WWII.  Larson shared some of what he learned from his father about his military service on Dakota Midday.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 24, 2013

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the day Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.  Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has just finished his first novel, "The Commandant of Lubizec."  It's loosely based upon what happened at Treblinka, the Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland, as well as other "Operation Reinhard" camps.

Son's Song Honors WWII Veteran

Nov 8, 2012

Robert Wayne McPeek was born in Willow Lake in 1913.  McPeek enlisted in the Army in February, 1941, and saw action as part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in 1942.  In 1989, nine years after McPeek's death, his son Bob visited his childhood home in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father was the recruiting officer.  The owner of the house presented Bob with a hand bound book of poetry that his father wrote during the war.  It was found in the rafters when the house was renovated.  Bob has recorded a song based on his father's poetry and tells his story on Dakota Midday.  You