Choctaw’s Lorraine Caddy recently donated a quantity of historic artifacts to Northern Oklahoma College in memory of her companion and 1939 NOC graduate Charlotte Dee Mansfield, SMSgt (Ret) USAF.
Mansfield, initially from Garber, Oklahoma, was a journalism student at NOC and editor of The Maverick, NOC’s student newspaper, in 1939.
Caddy’s donation on Mansfield’s behalfincluded a certain e-book which involves copies of The Maverick from 1935-1939. The certain e-book will be housed at the A.D. Buck Museum on the NOC Tonkawa campus.
Mansfield passed away in 2007 at the age of 92 but her memory life on in Caddy, who now lives in Choctaw.
Mansfield was born in California and moved to Garber at age 8. She graduated from Garber Large University in 1934. She studied journalism at NOC before signing up for the military and starting a career as a photojournalist.
In accordance to Caddy, Mansfield’s father was incredibly supportive of her navy and photojournalism vocation. In simple fact, she was 4-years aged when released to “black strips” and pictures by her Uncle Joe.
She wrote for the Garber Sentinel newspaper paying for her very first digital camera, a 127 Kodak.
Just after joining the United States Air Drive, Mansfield was sent to aerial pictures school in Colorado and then served in WWII arriving in England shortly in advance of D-Day (June 6, 1944) where she was assigned to the 325th Photo Wing.
She ongoing serving following WWII winning lots of awards for her images. She photographed a quantity of presidents about her career which includes Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman.
Florida Point out College not long ago made a documentary in 2020 on Mansfield’s everyday living and occupation. Her war memorabilia are housed at the Florida Point out University WWII Institute in Tallahassee, Florida.
The documentary was entitled “Charlotte Mansfield: A Woman Photographer Goes to War” using unpublished military services photos and personalized correspondence from the Institute on World War II and the Human Knowledge at Florida State, as effectively as pro and relatives interviews, to notify the tale of Mansfield’s ordeals during the war.
Right after attending NOC, Mansfield attended UCO, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1941, she returned there in 1981 to total a BS in Picture Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Journalism in 1983.
Caddy generally referred to Mansfield as her Aunt Charlotte, however they had been not associated. The two achieved at the Amelia Earhart hotel in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1970.
Caddy mentioned Mansfield lived by the creed, “Step out and do far more than is envisioned of you.”
Caddy extra that Mansfield and her buddy Louise Moberly normally spoke fondly of NOC. Caddy is also a retired member of the USAF as a Main Learn Sargent (CMSgt).