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 It Was All a Big Mistake (2nd Place, 2019 Betty Simmons Short Story Contest)

 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) (In Rewrite)

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! 

Why Can't I Play the Drums?  (In Editing)


 My Mini-Miracles and One-Four-Three (3rd Place, 2019 Edith Battles Non-Fiction Contest)

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

Without Warning Pit Bull Saga (Submitted to Non-Fiction Contest)


Thrice a Hero

The Biography of

Colonel Dayton William Ragland, USAF

by MaryAnn Milton Butterfield









  “Hey, didn't you tell me your husband was in the Air Force” my physical therapist asked, pointing to a patient on the next table. "Because he might have known Nettie Anne’s husband. He was in the Air Force.  Maybe you two even know each other?”  

          I judged the woman to be about my aged, and told her that my husband 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)