Pvt. John Willis, USMC

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“SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

MAMF Special Projects Writer Caroline LeBlanc is seeking stories for:

SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that will allow you to tell parts of your story that will also be helpful for others to read—others who live or want to understand the LGBT veteran experience. The last chapter of the book will list resources available to LGBT veterans.

Do not submit any materials previously published in print or online. Identifying information should be included in the body of the email only.

What Genres to Submit:

Fiction: up to 1200 words.

Non-Fiction (memoir, essays, and other non-fiction): up to 1200 words

Poetry: up to 40 lines.

Reviews: up to 1200 words about a movie, book, music, etc. that you think are important for others to know about.

Resources: submit information on resources you have found particularly helpful. (Name, webpage, telephone number, and services)

 You may submit up to 2 pieces in each genre. Each piece must be attached in a separate file. All pieces in a given category must be submitted in the same email. Pieces in separate categories must be submitted in separate emails.

Submissions are accepted between March 20 and June 20, 2016. For more information or for guidelines on how to submit, please visit:

our projects website




Military Brats–Please send us a Postcard!

In anticipation of National Military Brat Day, the Museum of the American Military (MAMF) is showcasing Brats through two initiatives.

We’ love your participation in the following:


Send MAMF a postcard with your Brat memory on it. Please write only your first name, your years affiliated, your branch, and a short story or memory.

We will add the postcards to our Brat Display celebrating National Military Brat Day in April. Postcards will be added to the nearly 500 in our collection– they get scanned and posted on our blog and then are stored permanently in our Special Collections Library. We really need more Brat stories represented.

Postcards can be mailed to:

Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center
PO Box 5085
Albuquerque, NM 87185

DANDELION PHOTOS for our Facebook “Garden”:

We would like a photograph of Brats holding a dandelion, real or otherwise. ( We’ve seen postings of paintings and necklaces and beer coasters and pins of dandelions that you guys own, so we’d love to post you with the item) Please send your digital photo with your first name and branch of affiliation to:


These photos will be posted on our FB starting 1 April and going through the 30th. Let’s aim for 100 photos from Brats!

S/Sgt Will P. Sahler, 341st QM Depot Co, England– January 29, 1944

letters home 2016

The Museum of the American Military Family is compiling stories for a book reflecting on war…

 Attention New Mexicans, who are serving in the military, are military veterans, are members of a military family, and would like to write about your experience in that capacity…

 Paul Zolbrod, Writer-in-Residence for the Albuquerque-based Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology “From the Front Line to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

This anthology will include first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members, family members and friends who share their perspectives and experiences. Submissions can be about the recent Middle East campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and everything in between. All branches and ranks of the military should be represented.

How you can contribute:

Your story can be as long or as short as you choose. Just make it heartfelt, honest and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss, stories that demonstrate the warmth and humor of military family life along with its inevitable tensions, offbeat stories that illustrate the variety that accompanies military life in war times–in other words– anything you want to tell of.

You don’t have to consider yourself an accomplished writer to participate. We will provide editorial services to sharpen your contribution.

The book will be arranged by stories of:

  • Pre-deployment,
  • Deployment
  • Post-deployment
  • Legacy & Aftermath

For more information or to submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at mamfwriter@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016. Tentative publication date is scheduled for the fall. All stories become part of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collection Library.


SP/4 Ropp, A Company 2ND BN 38th Inf, January 16, 1969

Bob, Dad

Hello there relatives. How is every thing on the court?

Things are pretty quieted over here now that the winter has set in with its great weather (ha). We are on river guard this week and it is a wee bit cold out there.

Well how was your Holidays happy and merry I hope. We all enjoyed your gifts, I kept them under the tree I ran across and opened them X-mas eve. Let’s see, it’s kind of hard to write a letter that is or would be interesting sence (sic) the Army and Korea is not very interesting. I’ll tell you what, sence (sic) I am getting short (100 days). I’ll keep my letters short and see you both in a very short time.

I just want to thank you for your Christmas gift and thought and let you both know that I really enjoy them and sure the men did also.

Thanks a million

Love, Stu

Your little old gardner

Rex writes home from Seoul, Korea, 1968

Rex, Korea 1968

Rex, Korea 1968

Air Force Lt. Col. Rex H. George was a Plans and Policy Officer for the United Nations Joint Command Headquarters in Seoul, Korea in 1968. He reported to four-star General Charles H. Bonesteel, III, commander of U.S. and United Nations forces in Korea. The thirteen months Rex was in Korea were volatile times. 1968 brought the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, an attempted raid by North Korea on South Korean President Park’s “Blue House” residence, and North Korea’s capture of the USS Pueblo two days later.

Rex’s housemate in Korea was an Armenian officer. Between the two of them, they scrounged furniture, appliances and everything they needed to make their assigned house more like home. Rex later bragged, “Our house was the best house in the whole area.” They paid a civil engineer for his kindness by serving him dinner Rex had prepared. “He couldn’t get enough of my rolls,” Rex reported. “They were just those Pillsbury Parker House ones. I even baked a cake!”

Rex’s year-long separation from his wife Bettie (living by herself in Alexandria, VA) was rewarded with a coveted 3-year tour of duty in Wiesbaden, Germany, as he reports in a letter to his mother on September 8, 1968.


Dear Mom,

I guess I’m doomed to forever stay in the dog-house. I haven’t written since 18 August.

The weather here in Korea has been just beautiful except for a couple of days of the hardest and steadiest rain you ever saw. Mom, you’ve never seen it rain as hard since the 1937 flood [of the Ohio River], nor as long. This river went over the banks. The shanty towns on the hillsides slid off on a great mud slide. In one night there were over 30 people lost in the wreckage of their homes.

Well, Chris and Jenny are both back in school [after having the summer off] and Bettie is alone again. I think she rather enjoys her private apartment. I think I’ll be able to get into her club again, tho. We’re both getting awfully tired of this letter writing thing. It’s good, but a poor substitute for face to face contact.

Just noticed in your letter a question about how long I’d be in Germany. It’s a 3 year tour. So I’ll come home from there and retire in a couple months.

Goodnight, Mom. God bless and keep you. We’ll see you soon.

All my love and kisses and some to Judy, too. [Mom’s dog],


Submitted by Candace George Thompson, author Still Having Fun: A Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941-2007


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