Share Your Story: Voices of Freedom

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 kbentz@nmaw.org. for inclusion in our blog. You can also post your story about service in uniform or on the home front on our Americans in Wartime Museum Facebook page.

The Voices of Freedom

So what’s the next big thing for our oral history project? We’re going mobile. More details coming soon but we plan to expand our oral history collection by taking it on the road. Stay tuned for more information…

 

In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel, which features some of our video clips, or consider the story of Teena Jessup who shared the story of her father, King Mayfield:

King Olen Mayfield was born 1915 in Alabama, third in a family of six siblings. When he was King Olen Mayfieldvery 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.

The family also shared King Olen Mayfield’s WWII footlocker with the Museum.  As his daughter Teena said, “It is like a time capsule with uniforms, the flag from his coffin, the picture under the trunk lid of his flight.  I have his flight log books and all his paperwork.  I even have his letter sweater from either high school or college (I’m not sure which).  I can provide a picture of him in his uniform.  My mother event sent him a pinup picture of her.”

Please share your story of wartime service so—like the story of King Olen Mayfield—we can preserve it for future generations of Americans.  Email your story and a photo to kbentz@nmaw.org for inclusion in our blog.