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Thanks to brother Skip Dahlgren '66 for sharing this story. Do you have a memory or update you'd like to share? Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it may be shared in an upcoming eletter to your brothers.

"50 years ago I was posted at Kagnew Station in Asmara as an Arabic translator and interpreter. On 4 July 1969, I helped lead a tour of archaeological and historical sites around Eritrea and Ethiopia. I had already spent several weeks taking part in the season's excavations at one of the sites we were visiting. While visiting another important site that was far off the main road and had required special permission to visit, we encountered a group of soldiers from the Eritrean Liberation Front. The resulting experience remains my most memorable Independence Day."

"This video tells the story of an encounter which I and a number of friends experienced in Eritrea on 4 July, 1969. The video is intended to enhance and expand a radio essay I produced in 2006 for broadcast on Tales From the South (http://www.talesfromthesouth.com), a locally produced program hosted by Paula Morell broadcast on KUAR-FM in Little Rock, which gives a venue for writers to have their works heard. During the first season, when this was produced and broadcast, the recordings were recorded in the KUAR studio, rather than read before a live audience at Paula's Starving Artist Café, as they have been subsequently."