Share Your Story
We invite you to share the story of your own wartime experience. Whether you served in uniform, your family member was a veteran or you have a home front story, please be part of our growing collection. Simply email your story and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post your story about service in uniform or on the home front on our Americans in Wartime Museum Facebook page.
After hearing about the Americans in Wartime Museum in a news report, FrannMarie Jacinto contacted Museum CEO Craig Stewart to congratulate him and to share a bit about her own father’s service in the military.
Like so many veterans, Francis Jacinto’s story was fascinating and inspirational. Craig invited FrannMarie to write about her dad, and you can read her May 6th post on our Museum blog at www.nmaw.org/blog.
Or consider the story of Teena Jessup, who attended the Museum’s site announcement in Prince William County. She spoke with Museum CEO Craig Stewart about her dad’s military service and a footlocker of his personal items. Teena then submitted information and a photo about her father, King Mayfield:
King Olen Mayfield was born 1915 in Alabama, third in a family of six siblings. When he was very young the family moved to the Texas panhandle to homestead a farm. Olen played football in high school. He attended and played football at Harden Simmons 1933 and 1934 majoring in Engineering. In 1935 and 1936 he played football on a scholarship for Texas Tech. Olen transferred to Western New Mexico College playing football where he was named a Little All American in 1936 and 1937. Olen always wanted to learn to fly and when the college offered flying lessons he jumped at the chance. Olen met at Western New Mexico College Charlcive Smith also attending college and they were married in 1938. Olen worked as a chemist at the copper mines in Hurley NM while attending college. World War II broke out and the US became involved, Olen joined up. He wanted to fly and was trained and became part of the Army Air Corp. Olen flew transports during the war and in 1944 attended OCS [Officer Candidate School]. Olen was killed in an airplane accident at the end of the war.