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Mississippi Military Voices

Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

As part of our Military Voices Initiative, we recently took a trip down south to Camp Shelby- a military post just south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum warmly welcomed StoryCorps and military service members to record conversations about training at the camp and deploying overseas.

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Sign

We had the opportunity to hear stories from several generations of veterans- from Edgar Pullis who enlisted in the airforce in 1945 to Rod Payton whose career is just beginning. Edgar remembered a special flight he took as a young man with his personal hero, Charles Lindbergh. At 85, Edgar has plenty to look forward to. He shared with us that he will soon be taking an “honor flight” to Washington D.C. as recognition of his incredible service to the United States.

Rod Payton

Rod Payton

Rod spoke with us about how his wife inspired him to join the service through her own dedicated military career. He spoke lovingly of his children and his entire family- a theme that consistently arises during our military conversations. Military families expect to make sacrifices- they are often incredibly strong, supportive, and truly invaluable to our service members.

We were privileged to record the stories of people like Edgar and Rod in Mississippi. We look forward to traveling south again soon.

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