Veteran shares experiences from Ellsworth AFB in the 50s

Published: Aug. 11, 2018 at 5:11 PM CDT
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Speaking about memories of Ellsworth Air Force Base is Mary Piper who was in the Air Force in the 1950s. She shared her experiences with the public at the air and space museum Saturday.

Every month the South Dakota Air and Space Museum welcomes a veteran to come talks about their time in the armed forces. Piper was an Air Force flight nurse and aided the survivors of the B-36 crash on radar hill in 1954. Piper talked about her time in the Air Force, how she moved from Texas to Rapid City and how much the base has changed over the years. Although Piper didn't want to talk on camera, the Air and Space Museum is happy to have her talk with visitors.

"Some of us knew her from the officers association. We heard little snippets of her stories and hey come present this and yeah go ahead and write that book," says Bob Liebman with the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Up next is Ray and Josephine Cowdery on September 8th at the south Dakota Air and Space Museum.