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.



Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th

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May 9, 2014

Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th


ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The City of Albuquerque is a sponsor for a new exhibition opening on Monday, May 26th at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Entitled “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” the special exhibition, which will be on display through August 31st, celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of military families.

A collaboration between the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and the Museum of the American Military Family created this inspiring exhibition that through written word and interactive elements allows visitors to experience the joys, sorrows and sacrifices of those unsung heroes who also serve—the military families.

Remaining behind while fathers and mothers sisters and brothers are deployed for long periods, traveling and living in far-flung corners of the world, uprooting and relocating—and establishing new homes, friends and connections over and over again—these families often receive little attention.

The Museum of the American Military Family is on a mission to bring attention these men, women and children who throughout our country’s history have served in the background, exhibiting incredible resilience through moves, losses and stresses of separation—all the while exhibiting pride and embracing the honor of supporting a loved one who is serving in uniform.

In addition to the exhibition, a number of special events have been planned:

May 31st           A book reading by Steve Sparks, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

June 1st                        Steve Sparks returns with a reading of his book at 2:30 p.m.

June 15th          R. Samuel Baty reads from his book, Footsteps to Forever, joined by J. Allen Whitt reading from Notes from the Other Side of the Mountain at 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m.

July 4th:            Celebrate our Nation’s birthday with Poetry & Spoken Word by 4 Voices at 2 p.m.

August 14th       The film “Brothers at War” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jake Rademacher at 1:30 p.m.

August 23rd       View the film “We Served, Too” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jill Bond at 1:30 p.m.


In addition to the City of Albuquerque, sponsors for this special exhibition include Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Raytheon, Bernalillo County, Elks Lodge #2500, and Marriott Residence Inn.


The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE at the entrance to Sandia Science & Technology Park. “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is included in the price of admission to the Museum, which is $8 for adults and $7 for senior and youth. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served—American’s Military Families. The Museum is gathering artifacts and recollections from American military families who served through war and peace in past decades and those who serve today in anticipation of the creation of a permanent facility in Albuquerque that will celebrate their lives and sacrifices for generations to come. For more information, please visit For more information on the exhibition, visit


The event is sponsored in part by the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation and supported by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information on events and activities, please call 311 or visit TTY Users call Relay NM or 711.



HMC Christopher A. Powell, Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, Instructor, May 6, 2013

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons

May 6th, 2013

A Letter of Explanation

It is something I have been asked a lot over the last 17 years of my life and it is not a simple answer, there are many ways to answer it and even then few will still, “get it.” I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something for others, while I am an asshole most of the time, that is just me and my manly essence. I don’t often take pictures or talk about what I do because people don’t understand nor do they really care. They may be curious to someone else’s perspective, but really we all concern ourselves with ourselves and that is normal, I do it too. But for this once, I will (try to) express what it is that I do. Read the rest of this entry »

PFC Roger Farley, enroute home from Vietnam March 1969



A1C Larry Hurtado, Vietnam

Larry Letter photo1March 4, 1967

Dear Sis

Hi Honey, received your letter last night.  Sure glad to hear you are doing fine. As for myself, I’m doing ok.

Gee, Helen, I was real glad to hear from you also surprised. I just wrote to Mom and Dad. I told them I just got me a part time job at the NCO club.

Helen, one of these days when I go to the town of Phan Rang I’m going to buy you a dress. A Viet Namese dress. They sure are pretty. Just send me your size ok. I bought one for Marie the other day. It was real pretty. What color would you like. Yellow, turquise or any other color. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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 »