Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation


9-11am the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month and special events

Burt at Virginia Tech - Copy (3)

25 April – Burt Kelchner – Burt is a WWII Army veteran who was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, between 1943 and 1946, and became one of about 500 members of the Corps of Engineers Special Engineering Detachment (SED). SED’s were all enlisted, and screened by the Army for there respective qualifications and assignments. As a Technical Sargent E-6, he was assigned to Los Alamos Labs, NM, for the Manhattan Project, where he worked as a research chemist under Dr. Edward Wickers. Burt’s college degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering paved the way for his assignment to achieve ultra high purity in the processing of Uranium 235, used in the “Little Boy” Atom Bomb, dropped on Hiroshima.

If you know of someone who would love to share their military experience, please contact the museum with the person’s name and contact information and we will contact them for availability in our schedule.

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