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 2022 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 Presentations 

27 August – Darrel Behrendsen  served in the US Navy from 1949 – 1954.  He will tell of his assignment as helmsman on the destroyer USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) in 1950, when his ship rescued the crew from the sinking cargo ship, “Flying Enterprise.”

10 September – Jack Sajevic retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the US Embassy in Kyiv and lived in Ukraine for over 10 years. He will have recently returned from a trip to Ukraine and Georgia, and will give his overview of the situation.

24 September – Doug Nunes is an Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. His talk will center around his service in Vietnam as an undercover Counterintelligence Agent from Nov 1966 to August 1967. He worked with the Vietnamese CIA and the National Police, and lived in a small town on the Gulf of Siam, IV Corps, South Vietnam.

8 October – Rick Beaver served with B Co, 229th Assault Helicopter Bn, 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam as an assault helicopter pilot in 1967-68. Later in his tour he was based near the DMZ at Dong Ha. He will share his experiences of how air assault operations were planned and executed.

15 October – Tim Hutchinson – Broomfield Veterans Service Officer, Quarterly Veterans Administration Update. Tim will be discussing the New 2022 PACT Act. The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefits expansion in VA history. The act expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras.

22 October – Heather Gardner served as a Korean Linguist and Computer Systems Operator in the Air Force from 1997-2001. Her trainings were facilitated at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Her primary station was with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD for the duration of her career.

12 November – Marv Truhe served as a US Navy JAG officer and military Judge during the Vietnam War. In October 1972, simmering racial tensions sparked several hours of violent confrontations aboard the attack carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), while it was engaged in air strike operations off the coast of North Vietnam. He defended six of the USS Kitty Hawk defendants at their special courts-martial trials. Although numerous black sailors were viciously assaulted by white sailors and marines, not a single white crew member was charged. The details of this story are contained in Marv’s soon to be published book, Against All Tides – The Untold Story of the USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot. (website: marvtruhe.com)

26 November – Mike Fellows served with combat engineer units in Vietnam (25ᵗʰ Inf Div) and Germany (V Corps). His talk is titled, “The Damned Engineers,” will tell the story of the critical role that combat engineers played in frustrating the advance of German forces during the early days of the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.

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

We’d love to hear from you! Please share any feedback with us about these videos at coffeeandconversation@broomfieldveterans.org. We’d also love to hear any suggestions you have for topics and speakers.