Coffee and Conversation with Gary Kling

2nd and 4th Saturdays – 10 a.m.

The Broomfield Veterans Museum invites you to join us for Coffee and Conversation, where you can enjoy coffee, donuts, networking and a great presentation by a veteran or historian. In an informal setting, our Coffee and Conversation events provide museum visitors with an opportunity to listen to the stories of service and sacrifice, ask questions of our speakers and other veterans, see short videos and discuss the broader context of their experiences. Coffee and Conversation events in 2021 begin at 10 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month.

Watch the Livestream

The museum is open and hosting Coffee and Conversation events in a safe and socially distanced manner. However, if you prefer to watch from home, we invite you to tune in via our YouTube livestream.

Upcoming Events

27 February – Bill Miles served in the US Navy Submarine Service from 1980 to 1988 with tours on the USS Queenfish (SSN651) and the USS Omaha (SSN692) based out of Pearl Harbor. He achieved the rank of E-6 and his job focused on the maintenance of alarm, warning, control and interior communication systems for the submarines. Bill will share his experiences of what it is like to train to be a submariner and then serve on a nuclear attack submarine.

20 March – Civil War Reenactors, Artifacts and Presentation – Bob Moulder joined the US Navy in 1952 and served as a radioman on the USS Hector, USS Ajax and the USS Pinola. Most of his service was spent in Japan and Korean waters during the latter part of the Korean War. Bob is a Civil War expert and amateur historian who will present a talk titled, “Civil War Guns, Swords and Stories,” as told through artifacts from his extensive personal collection. This is in conjunction with a special Civil War exhibit at the Veterans Museum. There will also be a group of Civil War reenactors at the museum as part of the Civil War educational day. 

27 March – John Peticolas served a 25 year career in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander (0-5). As a pilot he flew multiple different aircraft including the A-6 Intruder, the A-4 Skyhawk and P-3 Orion. In conjunction with a special Civil War exhibit, John will tell the story of his great-grand uncle, Albert Brown Peticolas, a young lawyer from Victoria, Texas, who joined other troops from his state in the 1862 Confederate invasion of New Mexico.

10 April – Mike Fellows will tell the story of his father’s service in WWII during which he served on the destroyer USS Gwin (DD-433) in subsequent positions of engineering, executive and commanding officer. Prewar the Gwin conducted patrols in the Denmark Strait, north of Iceland. Following the Pearl Harbor attack the Gwin was transferred to the Pacific, where it participated in the Doolittle Raid on Japn, the end of the battle of Midway, and the Solomon Islands campaign centered on the battle for Guadalcanal.

24 April – Jim Widlar served in the US Air Force from 1960 to 1964 with the Strategic Air Command, 706th Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Atlas). He was an Atlas-D Missile Mechanic assigned to the launch maintenance crew. Other duties included loading, off-loading and escorting airlifted missiles. Jim is a founding member of the Association of Air Force Missilieers and a volunteer at the F.E. Warren AFB Heritage Museum, where he served nearly 50 years ago. 

Coffee and Conversation Archive

You can check out recordings of our past Coffee and Conversation presentations online through our museum’s YouTube channel. To view the full list of videos with their associated links, please click on this link: Coffee and Conversation Digital Guide

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