New book covers history of Ellsworth Air Force Base - KOTA Territory News

New book covers history of Ellsworth Air Force Base


If you've been out to Box Elder, you've heard the "thunder," but it's not coming from the recent storms. It's the sounds captured in Lieutenant Colonel George Larson's new book called "Thunder over South Dakota."

The Lieutenant took a little over 300 pages and more than 500 to explain the history of Ellsworth. The book's timeline begins in 1941 and goes until 2011, detailing the different aspects of the base, like the construction of the base itself and the many aircrafts that have called the base home. 

Larson says the book gives people an idea of how important the base is, and protects the history from being forgotten. "I wanted to keep this history, the stories alive, that we can pass down from one generation to another," said Larson. "But more importantly, there's such an important tradition between Rapid City and Ellsworth Air Force Base that it's important to keep this history alive."

Larson has a book signing at the South Dakota 'Festival of Books' in Deadwood on September 20.

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