Current Presentations

Recent Presentations to the 8th AFHS-Mn in "The Before Its Too Late" Series
1. Ralph Pettyjohn, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner - Transcript available. No Audio or Video File available.  
2. Clinton Johnson, B-29 Navigator-Bombardier - Transcript available. No Audio or Video File available. Clinton subsequently did a videotaped 2 1/2 hour Oral History Interview.
3. Dick Mann, Navy Hellcat Fighter Pilot -Transcript available. MP3 Audio File. (67 MB)
4. Wesley Borgeson, B-17 Tail Gunner POW -Transcript available. VHS Video Replay-
    MP3 Audio File (28 MB).
5. Glenn Froberg, Navy Catapult & Arresting Crew -Transcript available. MP3 Audio File. (30.8 MB).
6. Spook Johns, Navy AD Skyraider Pilot -Transcript available. MP3 Audio File (88.6 MB).
7. Bill and Kate Isles, Singer/Songwriters, 8th AFHS-MN Holiday Party at Mancini's Dec.5, 2010. Bill and Kate Isles Official Website.
8. Jim Johns, Aviation Historian -Transcript available. MP3 Audio File (61.4 MB).
9. Vince Parker, B-17 Tail Gunner -Transcript available. DVD Video Replay-MP3 Audio File (Speaker 1).
10. Bob Clemens, B-17 Navigator -Transcript available. DVD Video replay-MP3 Audio File (Speaker 2).
11. Junior Gossell, B-17 Co-pilot -Transcript available. DVD Video Replay-MP3 Audio File (Speaker 3).
12. Earl Joswick, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner POW -Transcript available. DVD Video Replay-MP3 Audio File (Speaker 4).
13. Dick Heyne, B-24 Flight Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner -Transcript available- MP3 Audio File. (35.7 MB)
14. Mike Koch, 30 years in the Air Force-No Transcript or Audio available. (Presentation Date 2-16-2011)
15. Harry Burke, 1st Marine Division, 7th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Fox Company, Fox Hill, Chosin Reservoir, Korea- MP3 Audio File (Presentation Date 2-23-2011)
16. Ray Nagell, 101st Airborne Division, 321st Glider Artillery, D-Day Utah beach, Holland, Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. See Al Zdon's article about Ray's experiences and the Minnesota History Center's interview. MP3 Audio File  DVD Video. Presentation Date 3-9-2011.
17. Herb Schauer Submarines. SVC. Transcript or audio not available (I was sick). Presentation Date. 3-16-2011.
18. Jim Johns, "FDR and the Beginnings of WWII." MP3 Audio File available (56 MB; 41 min.) Presentation Date 3-30-2011.
19. Larry Bachman Interview on DVD by "Out and About in Richfield" MP3 Audio File available (78 MB: 57 min.)  Click here for the full 1 hour VIDEO from the Out and About in Richfield  website. Presentation Date 4-6-2011
20. Lou Martin FAA Inspector Stories. MP3 Audio File (67 MB 30 min.) DVD video. Presentation Date 4-13-2011.
21. Tom Stillwell, M.D., US Navy, Medical Corps, Persian Gulf War. MP3 Audio File DVD video. Presentation Date 4-22-2011.
22. Mary L. Berg, Professional Organizer, How to Organize Your Photos and Documents to Tell Your Story. Audio and Video. Presentation Date 5-4-2011.
23. Edward P. Haider, Sgt. Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne, X Battalion-505th, Sicily, POW Stalag 2B. MP3 Audio File (69 MB) DVD video.
24. Lou Martin, Pilot, Flying the C-133. Presentation Date: 6-8-2001 Audio and DVD video.
25. Norma Ley, Donation of 2 B-17 Table Displays to the 8th AFHS-MN and her father's time in the service. Presentation Date June 15, 2011. Audio available.
26. Jim Johns MN connections to the Doolittle Raid Presentation Date June 29, 2011. MP3 Audio and Video DVD.
27. Jon Cermin, Update on the Combat Aircrews Preservation Society video project showing an example of an interview with Dwight Olson. Presentation Date July 6, 2011
Audio and Video DVD available.
28. Bela Schellenberg, pilot, WWII Refugee from Hungary. Presentation date July 13, 2011. Audio and Video available.
29. Lou Martin, Early Years of Service in Germany and Capture and Evasion Training. Presentation Date July 27, 2011. Audio and Video DVD available.
30. Bob Campbell, B-17 Pilot, Night missions dropping leaflets using the Monroe Bomb, 406th Bomb Squadron, American Military Intelligence Department, Office of Strategic Services (OSS) England. Presentation Date August 10, 2011. Audio and Video DVD available.
31. Jack Christopher, PBM-5 Mariner, The PBM Mariner at Okinawa. Presentation Date August 31, 2011. Audio and Video available.
32. Myron Asper, The Convair B-36,  KC-97 Crew Chief, USAF, Presentation Date September 7, 2011. Video available.
33. Al Anderegg, 96th BG, POW. Experiences during WWII. Presentation Date September 14, 2011. Audio and Video available.
34. Dick Mann, Navy Fighter Pilot and Engineer, The Radio Proximity Fuse in WWII. Presentation Date September 21, 2011. Audio and Video available.
35. Dick Mann and Joe Mann, The Radio Proximity Fuse (continued) and Recent Developments in Lighting Technology. September 28, 2011. Audio and Video available.
36. Lou Martin, Meeting Four Medal of Honor Pilots at the Planes of Fame Museum and Flying the Wildcat Fighter, October 12, 2011. Audio and Video available.
37. Chuck Dahlke, 1st Missile Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, Raven Industries, Launching High Altitude Balloons to the Upper Stratosphere. October 26, 2011. Video available.
38. Al Anderson, Air Research and Development Center, Aviation Research and Developments: WW II to the Space Shuttle, November 2, 2011. Audio and Video available.
39. Steve Marks, SAC, B-52D Jet Engine Tech. Presentation on Nov. 9, 2011. Audio and Video available.
40. Myron Asper, USAF, Crew Chief, The KC-97. Presentation on Nov. 16, 2011. Audio and Video available.
41. Duane (Dewey) Kamp, US Dept of Veterans Affairs, OEF/OIF Mgr, St. Paul, VARO  "Veterans Benefits." Presentation on Nov. 30, 2011. Audio and Video available. For benefit questions call (612) 970-5249 or 1-800-827-1000 or E-mail
42. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Dec. 7, 2011. Over 24 of the 8th AFHS-Mn Veterans at the luncheon recalled where they were and their first reaction to the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Video DVD available.
43. Glenn M. Shull, CMS (E9), USAF Retd., 35 years in the USAF and Reserves. Presentation on December 14, 2011. Audio and Video available.
44. Danielle Ruzynski, USAF, Time in service. Presentation on December 21, 2011. Audio and Video available.
45. James Rasmussen, WW II Invasion Plans for Japan. Dec. 28, 2011. DVD available.
46. Lou Martin, Pilot, Flying the T-33. Presentation on Jan.4, 2012. No Audio or Video available.
47. Gary Hall, Cherokee Flying Club Pilot, Presentation on January 11, 2012 describing his efforts to find out more about his Grandfather Edgar Harrell, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner. Videotaped.
48. Steve Marks, B-52 Jet Engine Tech., Memories of Guam during the Tet Offensive. Presentation on Jan. 18, 2012.
49. Eugene Kretchner, Map maker, 29th Btn. Korean War, Presentation January 17, 2012 Video available.
50. Myron Asper, Stories about is older brother during WWII, Harold Asper, P-47 and P-51 Fighter Pilot, 8th AF. Feb. 1, 2012. Video available.
51. Kevin L. Callahan, Ongoing 8th AFHS-Mn Video Archives Oral History Interviews and Web Projects. Feb. 8, 2012. Video available. 25 min.
52. Lou Martin, Early Navigation Techniques in Aviation. March 7, 2012. Video available.
53. J. Michael (Mike) Madsen, Navy Electrician, Destroyer, "Sea Stories," March 14, 2012. Video available.
54. James R. McDougall, Aviation Ordnanceman, PBY Catalina, Black Cat #48, 7th Fleet SW Pacific 1942-46. March 21, 2012. Video available.
55. Zennith Loy, Memories of her escape from the Cambodian killing fields as a young girl. Presentation March 28, 2012. Videotaped.
56. Jim Johns, Aviation Historian and Aircraft Restorer, The Early History of Wold-Chamberlain Airport. April 11, 2012. Videotaped.
57. Spook Johns, Skyraider Pilot and Commercial Pilot, April 18, 2012. Videotaped.
58. Lou Martin, Pilot, Flying as a Commercial Pilot for a Japanese Airlines, April 25, 2012. Videotaped.
59. Lou Martin, Pilot, Wings over Persia, Flying for an Iranian airline. May 9, 2012. Videotaped.
60. Ken Ferguson, Corporate Co-Pilot, The airplane fire that killed Rick Nelson, Presentation on May 23, 2012. Videotaped.
61. Clifford Digre, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner, Into Life's School (Cliff's WW II Time in Service) Presentation on June 13, 2012. Videotaped.
62. J. Patton,  Presentation on June 20, 2012.
63. The proposed Edina Veterans Memorial. Presentation on June 27, 2012. Videotaped.
64. Charles C. Rosenfield, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. Time in Service. July 25, 2012
65. Kevin Callahan, Jim McDougall, and Bob Holden, First Fighters of New Guinea and the War in the SW Pacific. August 22, 2012
66. Mary Berg, Trip to Horham Air Base, UK and the Red Feather Club with Earl Joswick and Ralph Pettyjohn. August 29, 2012.
67. Bob Clemens, Prison Ministry Work Inside Oak Park Heights Prison Presentation: August 29, 2012
68. Lou Martin, USAF Pilot, Experiences in Vietnam and Thailand. Presentation September 5, 2012.
69. Myron Asper, The P-47 Thunderbolt Combat Gun Footage of Harold Asper, 8th AF Fighter Pilot. Presentation date: September 12, 2012.
70. Lou Martin, Minnesota Aviation Writing Award. Presentation Date October 3, 2012.
71. Mary Berg, A Trip to 8th AF bases in the UK with Earl Joswick and Ralph Pettijohn,2009. Presentation on December 5, 2012.

72. Lou Martin, Flying Stories from Ladysmith, Presentation on December 12, 2012.

73. Dwight Olson Biographical Video (Jon Cermin Videographer) shown December 19, 2012.

74. Mary Berg, 2012 Trip to Normandy and the UK, Presentation on January 23, 2013.

75. Roald Knutson, Rescue and Recovery Scuba Diver for the Sherriff's Department. Presentation on January 30, 2013.

76. Lou Martin, Pilot, Flying the F-100. Presentation on February 6, 2013.

77. Al Quie, MN Governor, Naval Aviator, F4U Corsair, Author. Presentation on March 27, 2013.

78. John T. Uldrich, Sr., USMC (Ret.), Aviation Historian, The Doolittle Raid April 18, 1943. Presentation on April 17, 2013.

79. Ed McGaa, USMC (Ret.), F-4 Phantom Pilot, Vietnam, Time in Service. Presentation on April 24, 2013.

80. Lou Martin, Pilot, Close Encounters with the C-82 and C-119, Presentation on May 1, 2013.

81. Sue Filbin, The Forgotten Fortress: Efforts in the UK to memorialize a B-17 lost in poor weather and the surprising results of additional research into what happened. Presentation Date May 8, 2013.

82. Jim Johns, The Attack on Pearl Harbor, Presentation Date May 15, 2013 

83. Randy Penrod, Honor Flights, May 29, 2013

84. Lloyd Flynn, SBD Pilot, USMC, at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Video Interview by Kevin Callahan. May 29, 2013.

85. Joe Mann, USN Sub Trip, Presentation Date June 12, 2013.

86. Barbara Sommerville, Presentation about her father who was a B-17 Pilot and her book "I came through swell" about him, July 3, 2013. Video recorded.

87. Duwayne Deitz, USMC, Korean War Experiences at the Chosin Reservoir, July 17, 2013.

88. Dan Conlon, Capt. USAF MD, The Montagnards of Viet-Nam, August 21, 2013.

89. John T. Uldrich, Sr., USMC, The Chinese Aviation Boneyard, August 28, 2013.

90. Roy W. Heidicker, 4th Fighter Wing Historian, History of the Eagle Squadrons and the 4th Fighter Group during WW II. Sep.11, 2013.

91. Roland "Rollie" Daniel, Machine Gunner, Private, 507th Parachute Infantry, Jumped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944 at St. Mere Eglise, followed by 35 days of combat in the French hedgerows. Of the 2004 who jumped only 700 went back to England. October 16, 2013.

92. Ron Schwerman, U.S.A.F. Da Nang, Vietnam; Author of "Broken But Not Abandoned: A Veteran's Journey to Hope and Healing" A triple amputee Veteran's inspiring life story overcoming PTSD and chemical dependency. November 6, 2013.

93. John Uldrich, The Jewish escape from pre-war Nazi Germany to Shanghai, China. November 13, 2013.

94. Heartsong musical group performance at the 8th AFHS-Mn Holiday Party. Mancini's Char House. Dec. 1, 2013.

94. William R. Crowder, Bugler / Civil War Re-enactor. December 18, 2013.

95. Wolf Cubs at the 8th AFHS-Mn. Musical group entertainment. January 15, 2014.

96. The 1990 Commemorative Air Force and Planes of Fame Combined Airshow at Holman Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota. A video by Lou Martin. January 29, 2014.

97. The 1989 P-47 Pilot's Association Airshow at Planes of Fame museum. Randy Sohn was flying the P-47 "Big Chief." A video produced by Al Pike. March 19, 2014.

98. Mary Berg, The Normandy invasion and the 82nd Airborne Division, March 9, 2014.

99. Lou Martin, Munich Germany Parade and Beer Garden Video. April 16, 2014.

100. David Claypool, My Father in the 379th BG and a former POW. April 23, 2014.

101. Richard "Dick" L. Carroll, B-24 Co-pilot and POW. April 30, 2014.

102. Charles "Chuck" Van Guilder, WW II Navy Veteran. Served aboard USS Suwannee aircraft carrier, hit by a kamikaze. Later flew with MN-ANG and AF-Reserves. 30 year Veteran and former NWA employee. May 7, 2014.

103. Harold D. Roy, Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne, Memories of D-Day. June 4, 2014.

104. Al Pike, History of Prosthetics. July 2, 2014. No recording.

105. DVD Showing of Damian Kussian's latest North Metro TV documentary "The Liberators" with Larry Taylor and Larry Bachman, et al. July 9, 2014.

106. Larry Brockshus, JROTC Instructor, Park HS. KC-135, July 23, 2014. No recording.

107. The Civil Air Patrol, July 30, 2014. No recording.

108. Larry Taylor, 8th AF B-24 Navigator on "Wazzle Dazzle." Biography and Time in Service, October 1, 2014. Video recorded.

109. Maj. Robert Czech, M.D. Army Psychiatrist, 3rd Inf. Div., Afghanistan. Nov. 5, 2014. No recording.

110. Lt. Bill Schiebler, Army Ranger, Paratrooper, Vietnam Experiences, Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, Bronze Star with Valor. Presentation November 19, 2014. Video recorded.

111. Memories of V-E Day May 8, 1945. WWII Veterans at the May 6, 2015 luncheon shared their recollections. Video recorded.

112. Rick Holle, The 82nd Airborne drop at Normandy on D-Day and subsequent battles. (Rick's father, Leon Holle, came in on a glider.) Presentation on June 10, 2015. Video recorded.

113. Rick Holle and Mary Berg, Operation Market Garden. January 20, 2016. Video recorded.

114. Brian Utley. The Felix Baumgartner Space Jump. February 10, 2016. Video recorded.

115. Roger O'Daniel, Oil in the Middle East, Feb. 17, 2016.

116. Col. Anthony G. Polashek, 934th Airlift Wing Commander, with Tech Sgt. Erica Hokkanen. March 9, 2016. Video Recorded. 

117. Roger O'Daniel, British Commonwealth Air Training during WW II and Alan Turing and the German Enigma code machine. Video recorded March 16, 2016.

118. Several more presentations: Roger O'Daniel, Current developments.

119. 8th AFHS-MN Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 9, 2016. Sue Rucker - event organizer, Heidi Ziman Cabaret Entertainer, John Uldrich, USMC Honor Guard, USAF servicemen, Wm. Crowder, Civil War Bugler, and many others.

120. 8th AFHS-MN Holiday Party at Mancini's in St. Paul, Dec. 4, 2016. Heidi Ziman, Cabaret Entertainer; Stan Turner, Emcee.

121. Jim Johns, The beginnings of American involvement in WW II; Dec 14 and 21, 2016

122. Col. Anthony G. Polashek, 934th Airlift Wing Commander, with Tech Sgt. Erica Hokkanen. March 9, 2016. Video Recorded. 

123. Roger O'Daniel, Oil in the Middle East, Feb. 17, 2016. British Commonwealth Air Training during WW II and Alan Turing and the German Enigma code machine. March 16, 2016.

124. Lt. Col Lizabeth Wenzel, USAF. Pilot. May 2017.

125. Lou Martin. Commercial Pilot stories. May 17, 2017. Video recorded and on You Tube.

126. Jim Johns, B-25 Aircraft Restoration, July 12, 2017.

127. John Uldrich and Roger O'Daniel, North Korea, Jan 3, 2018

128. Lou Martin, Several presentations about his 4th book in progress. Spring 2018.

129. Steve Snyder, Author of "Shot Down" about his father's expreinces evading capture for 7 months in Belgium after being shot down. 306th BG President.