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Anti-Bullying Course for Elementary Schools

Writing in Progress...

FICTION

 Why Can't I Be a Ballerina (in Editing)

 You Are Too a Bully! (Formerly, Don't Call Me Chung King)  PUBLISHED (and listed under Published Fiction)

The Runaway Blue Jay  (Children's Story)

The Unanswered Prayer

In Another Place and Another Time

Breaking Through

My Too Big Nose!  (PUBLISHED and listed under Published Fiction)

Don't Hurt My Mommy! 

NON-FICTION:

Thrice a Hero ~ The Biography of Colonel Dayton William Ragland, USAF  (research/writing in progress -- see excerpt below)

 

FUTURE NON-FICTION:

 The Nettie Anne Ragland Story--Inside the Movement 

(research to follow)

 

    Excerpt

Thrice a Hero

The Biography of

Colonel Dayton William Ragland, USAF

by MaryAnn Milton Butterfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INTRODUCTION

          Out of the blue, my physical therapist asked, “Hey, didn't you tell me your husband was in the Air Force?”  He pointed to the patient on the next table and added,  “Because Nettie Anne’s husband was in the Air Force.  Maybe you two know each other?”  

          Judging the woman on the next table to be about my age, I acknowledged that my husband, Bob, had made the USAF a career and had retired after thirty years. 

           Nettye Anne replied that her husband’s career had ended off the Coast of ME Island, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, on May 31, 1966. 

           I was stunned and mumbled my sympathy, as painful memories flooded back to me of all the prayers I’d said those lonely nights hoping that no one would come to MY door to tell me MY husband had been shot down. 

           Nettye Anne had lost her husband in the same aircraft my husband flew, an F-4, on the same date that Bob had rotated out of Vietnam (his first tour), and on the date of my son Stuart’s first birthday.  These coincidences made me feel connected to her, and I looked forward to our weekly appointments and conversations about her interesting life. 

           I was especially intrigued by the incredible stories she told about Dayton, and would repeat them to my husband, sometimes digging out additional information of an event on the Internet.  Every source and link drew me further into his story. 

           On one occasion, when my husband and I were attending his 13th Bomb Squadron Reunion at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio, I skipped a tour and headed to the museum bookstore.  Every book I pulled from the shelves, written by Prisoners of War (POW) and Vietnam, mentioned Dayton William Ragland in it someplace--but there was no book written about him.  Yet, to me his story was so much bigger—-yes, he’d been a hero in Vietnam, but he’d also been a hero in Korea, where he’d been imprisoned for two years in a POW camp after his F-86 had been shot down!  His story HAD to be told.

           With the assistance of Nettye Anne and her daughter Angela (daddy’s little girl, Angie), this is the biography of a black man from Kansas City, Missouri, with an abiding love and deep passion for his country.

  Below:  Dayton posing with his F-86 Flight) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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