CHM Event

Special Event: Veteran’s Day Talk with Lionel Youst

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coos History Museum

Join us for a special event for Veteran’s Day: Touring the Cold War with Lionel Youst

CHM admission: Free for members / $7 for non-members

Lionel Youst lived in Coos County since 1937, except for 22 years in the Air Force during the middle half of the Cold War.  He has written several books on various aspects of our local history and has been a popular speaker for years.  His most recent book is a memoir, Touring the Cold War: A Long Learning Curve and this talk introduces it.

After dropping out of North Bend High School and about 3 1/2 years working in many of the last logging camps in Oregon, Washington, and California – and one in British Columbia– Mr. Youst joined the Air Force, to avoid being drafted into the army.  He trained as a mechanic on the B-29, worked on the B-47, B-52, B-36 nuclear bombers, and KC-135 tankers, for eight years prior to becoming an aircraft maintenance officer with assignments in Libya, the Philippines, Vietnam, and several states.  Within the context of these assignments, and within the context of the ongoing Cold War, he tried to make up for the education he lost when he dropped out of North Bend High School. The presentation will follow these events, frequently showing the Coos Bay Times or The World headlines as the Cold War moved along.

The Museum Store will be open before and after the talk. We have several of Lionel’s books for purchase.

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