World War II

Raid Across South Dakota

Apr 11, 2019
Chris Laughery

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Last month, the South Dakota Air & Space Museum announced an event that brings awareness to a historic World War II event that courses the state and involves teachers and history students.

The Raid Across South Dakota honors the famous Doolittle Raid and the two South Dakotans, Henry Potter and Don Smith, who took part in the raid. A special flight aboard a B-25 takes place on Wednesday.

South Dakota Air & Space Museum President Kim Morey and cinematographer Dalton Coffey share details.

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Tomorrow in Box Elder, Duke Doering will speak on behalf of the South Dakota Veterans Forum. Duke is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 and is an historian with the South Dakota National Guard. He will share part of his photo archive and knowledge about the service of the South Dakota National Guard in the Pacific and European Theaters of Operations during World War II. This is open to the public and takes place at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum between 9 and 11 am.

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Last week we featured an interview with Sam Kleiner, author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots who Waged a Secret War Against Japan.  The Flying Tigers were led by General Claire Chennault, who molded a bunch of misfits and characters into a successful group of flyers responsible for destroying nearly 300 enemy aircraft in Burma, Thailand and China.

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Joe Foss became America's top flying ace during World War II. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. But he was also once a South Dakota kid, with a fierce work ethic and strong sense of his own moral compass. Broadcaster Chuck Anderson interviewed Joe Foss in 1996 at the Foss home in Arizona. For this week's Images of the Past, we welcome back Chuck Anderson.

Lori Walsh

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Seconds count in combat and in life. From split second decisions, to battles that explode and recede in a matter of moments, the fate of a battle can pivot on a delicate turn indeed. We're joined by John Mollison, Dalton Coffee, and Dave West to talk about "South Dakota Warrior" and "Split Second." Special premieres of John Mollison's film "South Dakota Warrior," are scheduled for Friday in Ft. Pierre and Saturday at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Lori Walsh

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In February, we talked with filmmaker Matt Ornstein about his documentary "Accidental Courtesy." It follows an aging African American musician whose hobby is to befriend and convert members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in America. It's a controversial concept. Should those who preach racism and violence be treated with patience and respect? What is our moral responsibility in the shadow of hate?

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Larry Zimmerman is Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. He joins us to talk about benefits for those who served, including free undergraduate college tuition at state institutions.

Ethan Bortnick returns to South Dakota for "Generations of Music." It's a live concert experience and filming of a national PBS special. Bortnick tells us about his affection for the state, his non-musical family, and about his passion for serving others with music.

Exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial

On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at the newly minted Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building, and Chuck got to take a tour.

He met George Summerside, the Veterans Education Program Representative for the State Office inside the building where the Robinson Museum and State Historical Society used to be.

George begins to describe the layout of the memorial.

The Daily Republic

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Jeff Logan, president of Logan Luxury Theaters, joins us for a recap of the 89th Academy Awards. We revisit our predictions from last week and discuss whether South Dakota theater-goers connected with the same films the Oscars celebrated.

Communist coup, August 1991
Michigan State University Soviet History Archives

The "Germans from Russia" story continues with Drs. Tim Kloberdanz and Harry Delker, experts in German anthropology and heritage. Radio journalist Chuck Anderson's interview with these men expands on the Volga Russian experience during WWII, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the American experience for German-Russian immigrants.

Tim and his wife, Rosalinda, visited Volga Germans near the port town of Saratov in August 1991, during a coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. 

SDPB's Andrew Bork joins us with an update on one woman's search for the 84 men who signed a spoil of war. Bork shares the original segment from Dakota Life as well as new conversations with the women who found a Nazi banner in her mother's attic.

Dakota Midday's Lori Walsh sat down with Sioux Falls Air Show coordinator Rick Tupper and Augustana professor Patrick Hicks to talk about the powerful history of aircraft. From heavier topics of World War II aircraft to a lighter mood of the annual hangar 1940's swing dance, the Joe Foss squadron aims to maintain the intergrity of traditional warbirds. The guests also stress the opportunity to appreciate military history and the accomplishments of veterans.

Battleship South Dakota Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Jun 7, 2016
USS South Dakota

A celebration in Sioux Falls this weekend marks the 75 anniversary of the launching of the battleship ‘South Dakota.’ In 1941 Governor Harlan Bushfield’s wife, Vera, broke a bottle of champagne over the ship and it was named after the Rushmore state.

Dakota Digest June 3, 2016

Jun 3, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, SDPB's Jim Kent spoke with a WWII veteran who can still fit into his old military uniform. Also, SDPB Radio Director Cara Hetland joined Dakota Midday to talk about Paul Dean Jensen, who was convicted of first degree murder at the age of 14, and who is now having his sentence reconsidered. The Great Plains Zoo weighs in on the Gorilla incident in Cincinnati. 

John Miller taught US history at South Dakota State University for 29 years. He is currently working on a political biography of George McGovern.

He joins Dakota Midday to discuss the Dakota Conference on Northern Plains History, Literature, Art and Archaeology at the Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls. The theme for this year’s conference is “World War II Comes to the Northern Plains.”

Ingrid Asvedo was 11 years old when she hid in the rubble of a bombed and ruined Berlin. She was hiding from soldiers of the Soviet Army after the fall of the Third Reich.

She’s written a book called "Out of the Rubble" about her experiences during the war, her gratitude for the American military, and her thoughts on the American political climate today.

The author will be speaking to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group this Saturday at Ellsworth Air Force Base’s South Dakota Air and Space Museum from 9 to 11:30 (first 30 minutes is social hour.)

Ben Jones is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History at Dakota State University. He’s an Air Force veteran and he’s taught at the Air Force Academy. He also served as an advisor to the National Military Academy in Afghanistan. 

He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss his new book "Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, The Maquis, and the Liberation of France."

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The University of Sioux Falls Theater Department presents "I Never Saw Another Butterfly".  Director Joe Obermueller discusses the play and how he teaches its meaning to students. Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher is on campus for the opening to talk with students about her experiences in Terezin.


In the months after Pearl Harbor, “Operation Drumbeat” sent Nazi U-boats to American shores. The German naval command caught the U.S. unprepared and their subs sunk hundreds of tankers and freighters supplying the European war effort. The U-166 is one of the few U-boats sunk in U.S. waters. It went down in the Gulf of Mexico after attacking a passenger ship, the Robert E. Lee.

During World War II, Sioux Falls was home to the Army Air Forces Technical School. From 1942 through 1945, some 45 thousand men and women trained there and brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes, stimulated construction and created the city’s first modern airport.

Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher was born in a village in southwestern Germany in the area her family had lived since the early 1600s. Jews and Christians had lived together peacefully until the Kristallnacht attacks on Jewish people in November 1938. Four years later, Auerbacher and her parents were among those rounded up by the Nazis and sent to the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Seven-year-old Inge arrived at the camp, clutching her doll, Marlene.

The World War II Pheasant Canteen

Aug 19, 2013

Casey Weismantel of the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau talks about the World War II Pheasant Canteen. Tonight at 7:00, the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team is premiering, at the Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, their historic documentary of the Red Cross/USO Canteen in the Milwaukee Depot during 1943-1946 along with the activities of the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team since 2006. There is no fee for admission, but a free will offering is accepted. This event marks the 70th anniversary of the pheasant canteen that opened on August 19, 1943.

USS South Dakota Reunion In Sioux Falls

Jun 27, 2013

Karen Dunham, a Sioux Falls realtor, has been involved with the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial since the late '60s and has been involved with every reunion. Capt. Diane Diekman (U.S. Navy-ret.) is on the Memorial's Board of Directors and discusses its history from a Navy perspective and addresses some of the recent "touch-ups" done by Hartford resident and Navy veteran Robert Ruf. Most warships are built for an active career of 20 or 30 years. The USS South Dakota was in commission less than five.