The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby was opened to the public on 27 October 2001. The museum was formed by combining the holdings of the Mississippi War Memorial Museum (Jackson, 1967-1996) and the Camp Shelby Armed Forces Museum (1984-2001) to create a single military history museum for the State of Mississippi.
The mission of the MAFM is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and hold in public trust for the exclusive benefit of the people, significant historical property related to the history of the State of Mississippi and its contributions to the Armed Forces of the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Operating as a non-profit institution, the Museum directly supports training, study, research and education in related subjects.
The Museum honors the service and sacrifices of servicemen and women of all branches from Mississippi and others who received wartime training in Mississippi. State-of-the-art exhibits and archives, including personal stories of the heroes and heroines of our Republic, serve to educate present and future generations about the price paid for the freedom and prosperity Americans now enjoy.
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Rodolph Case Collection
Rodolph "Rudy" Case (1920-1979) was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during the Second World War with the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force as a pilot and aircraft commander. In February 1944, Flight Officer Case was captured by German troops after his plane was shot down over Gotha, Germany. He was imprisoned at Stalag Luft I, a prisoner of war camp for captured Allied airmen, until May 2, 1945. After the war, Case served in the United States Air Force as a bomber pilot. He retired from the Air Force in 1962 after 22 years of service. The Rodolph Case Collection consists of various items related to Rodolph Case’s military career and his time spent as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft I.
Vera Anderson McDonald
Vera Anderson (1923-2013) was born in Sumrall, Mississippi, and worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in Pascagoula, Mississippi, from 1942-1945. Between 1943 and 1944, she won both the First and Second Women’s National Welding Championships held at Ingalls. The First Women’s National Welding Championship took place on May 28, 1943. Anderson, the Women’s Gulf Coast Welding Champion, competed against Hermina Strmiska, the Women’s West Coast Welding Champion, from Kaiser Shipyards in Oregon. After winning the competition, Anderson was challenged by Edna Slocum from Moore Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company in California. The Second Women’s National Welding Championship took place on January 29, 1944. After winning the contest for a second time, Anderson was not challenged for the title again. She spent the latter part of her employment with Ingalls as a welding instructor.
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