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

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.



PFC Roger Farley, Ft Polk, LA, 1968

Caption on postcard: Fort Polk, LouisianaTrainee Barrack. A single bay of a typical barrack generally sleeps 22 men. Fort Polk is one of the largest Army basic training centers in the U.S.

Caption on postcard: Fort Polk, Louisiana
Trainee Barrack. A single bay of a typical barrack generally sleeps 22 men. Fort Polk is one of the largest Army basic training centers in the U.S.

January 18, 1968

Dear Mom and Gram,

My barracks is exactly like this. Why haven’t you written? I sent you a letter.

Your son

PFC Roger Farley, A Co 1st/508 82nd Div, Vietnam

photos_000427 August 68

Dear Avery,

Well I am now back in my company and am now out in the field. Today makes my second day in the field and I only hope that I ( the company) will be going in soon. I am scared and nervous since I’ve been here. I think even worst than when I first came over. During the time I have been gone from the field ( I was off the line for 20 days because of my hand) 10 men got wounded in the third plt. from our own mortar fire. I am in the 2nd plt. but also 5 men got wounded from my platoon from a booby trap. This happened while I was gone. But last night they were calling in artillery fire on the hill next to the one we were set up on and one round landed short and came into our perimeter and killed 4 men and wounded about 4. Read the rest of this entry »

Patty F. Army Wife, Ft. Bragg, 1969

Patty F.
April 23 1969

Well Hi

Guess what our new address is: 30xx Dyke Street, Fayetteville, NC!
So be sure and write soon, were both homesick and wish we were home. It’s nice here but home is much better.  Write soon.

Love your daughter Patty

Send love to all XX

Hi Mother,
Well Roger’s working like a bee, he’s on lesson 4 already. We’ve been to the Post a few times already and boy it’s really huge. You can go for miles and miles without one turn and still be within the Post. Read the rest of this entry »

PVT Roger Farley, March 23, 1968




March 23, 1968

Dear Mom and Gram,

I bought this postcard at the airport in Honolulu. I was only here 20 minutes. I also sent one to Patty. As you probably know I will stop at Wake Island and Clark Field in the Philippines and then Ben Hoa Vietnam. I have gotten my orders but I don’t know what they mean. Try to keep Patty from getting too lonely. I’ll write and give you my address later in another letter. Love your son Roger.

PVT Roger Farley, February 4, 1968

February 4, 1968


Dear Mom and Gram,


Well its Sunday night and we got the night off so I thought I would write you a line or two. This morning and in fact this evening I’ve tried to call Patty but theres been such a long line waiting that I got discouraged and left. I’ve just about given up telephoning. The facilities here are very poor (not at all like Fort Leonard Wood.) I bet Patty was sure depressed when I didn’t call, so I went home and wrote her a letter. I know its hard for you to understand this problem but I hope you will try to help Patty understand that being in the Army and being a civilian at home are entirely two different things.


I know that Patty must be lonely and I am hoping that you are trying to keep her in good spirits. In an earlier letter to her I told her it looked somewhat doubtful of her coming down. So far I haven’t had one pass and it looks doubtful if I will get one while I’m here. And if I would get one I wouldn’t know until the last minute. Because of this I think it would be better if she didn’t plan on coming down. Please try to help her understand this. I also wrote and told her to stop dieting. I agree with you entirely on this matter. I hope she takes my advice. Please write and tell me how she’s doing, what she does, what she says, and things of this nature. Well only 18 more days till I graduate! And believe me, I am looking forward to that!


Well I graduate on the 23rd and I should go home on the 23rd also. I think it would be best if Patty came to pick me up alone. I’ll let you know more on this later. (The details) This also brings up the problem of where Patty and I will stay while I am home. Have any suggestions? Does Patty have any? Write and tell me what you think and what she (Patty) thinks.


Well things here are normal—lousy! I hate this place and I tell you I’ve about had it with the Army. So far we haven’t received our orders and we probably won’t until my last week. As far as I can see I’ll probably be going to Vietnam or possibly Korea. That’s a lot to look forward to isn’t it? Well I have to shave and take a shower before I go to bed so I’ll stop for now. Write soon and let me know how things are at home.


Love your son – Roger

PVT Roger Farley, January 8, 1968

Monday January 8th, 1968 Ft Polk, LA

Dear Mom and Gram,

Well only 45 more days till I graduate from A.I.T. then I ‘ll know where I’m going. To say the least, I pray every night that I will not have to go to Vietnam but from what they have told me just about all of us will go to Vietnam. (there may be a few exceptions). I don’t think I could bear to be away from Patty and home that long time. Now read this very carefully.I am going to ask for a different MOS.  This however does not mean very much. But in addition to this I am investigating the possibilities of being classified as a conscientious objector. This is a person who objects to fighting and war on religious grounds. As such, I would not have to go to Vietnam. I am going to see an Army chaplain tomorrow night to see if the Nazarene Church would qualify under this. If I can I will need 5 copies of a letter from the Nazarene minister stating that I am a member of the church and the church’s view. But I won’t know until tomorrow night if I can apply for this. But this is what I want you to do if I can qualify for this. Well I tell you on second thought I’ll explain what you’ll have to do after I know if this is possible. Somehow, I’ve got to get out of this. Well enough of that. I, as you probably know, finally got a plane last Wed to New Orleans.


When I got to the airport in New Orleans I met some other fellows going out to Fort Polk and we hired a limousine to take us to the fort. I arrived here around midnight and it took all night to get processed on top of that I had to fall out of training the next day and got no sleep at all!

Believe me this place is a dump. The barracks are old and run down, the food is poor that is what you get of it and in general the entire atmosphere is depressing. Before I forget I tried to buy postage stamps tonite but couldn’t get any so it may be a while before I’ll be able to write again please explain that to Pat, in fact, have her send me some stamps. Mom, I am quite depressed and lonely so please write often and soon.


And please tell me how Pat is. Does she come over often? How is she and how does she act? Well it’s just about time to go to bed so I’ll stop for now. Give Patty my love and some for you and Gram too.


With all my love

Your son Roger


PS My address is on the envelope.

Important: Tell Patty to go to the County marriage license office and get a copy of our marriage license from them and send it immediately. I need this for her allotment. I need one from the state. In other words, I need official proof of being married. Tell this to them and what I need this for.