Narratives are personal stories that help enrich the reader’s understanding of a time period, person, place, or event. These are first-person views of history taken from personal recollections, memoirs, diaries, and oral histories.

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Until several years ago, there was a small mound of dirt about twenty feet tall at the northeast end of the field. This was once a large mound and was the backdrop for many thousands of rounds of machine gun bullets. It was here that the embryo aviators learned some of the fundamentals of operating a machine gun while flying an airplane. With which later, if they made good, they would endeavor to shoot enemy aircraft. As youngsters we would ride our bikes out to the mound to dig for bullets.

I have a copy of a handwritten diary by a young man stationed at Eberts Field. He remembered the pretty girls in Lonoke and the huge mosquitoes that buzzed around their heads at night (the mosquitoes, not the girls).

Johnnie Bransford
Lonoke, AR