World War II veterans from across the Black Hills gather for annual luncheon

RAPID CITY, SD — 65 World War II veterans from across the Black Hills representing different branches of the armed services reunited and shared stories at the Retired Enlisted Association in Rapid City Monday for their annual luncheon.

The event, now in its sixth year, is organized by local veteran Bill Casper, and lets veterans share and preserve their memories.

Juno Sundstrom, a veteran who landed on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion recalled the battle: “It was mass confusion. I got behind a halftrack and I stayed because I didn’t have a commander or nothing. I didn’t have a troop, they were on this island and they never came ashore until the next day”

During the luncheon six veterans received Purple Heart awards. In all, almost 250 people attended.


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