My Father's Music/ a Memoir of WWII
July 31,1945: My father,Sgt.John Mayone of the 1974th Quartermaster Truck Company, walks through the door of my grandparents\' home and I hide behind my mother\'s skirts. Bringing myself up to the full size of my exactly two years,I insist the someone \'get that strange man out of my house!\' Pretty bold--wouldn\'t you think? Ah, but I was something special...No other little girl had had a song written about her by Lt. Don Mackin somewhere in war torn Italy just hours after her father had learned that his wife, Mary, had given birth to a baby daughter and named her Patricia Ann, \'Patsy Ann\' to my father and to Lt. Mackin and to their fellow soldiers who served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany in World War II. This is the story of two love affairs, lived within and in spite of a world war. The gentleman\'s voice that you hear introducing several songs is Sgt. John Mayone; he is my father. The other voice is Mrs. Dorothy D. Mackin, widow of Lt. Don Mackin; he was my father\'s commanding officer and the composer of the song, \'Patsy Ann.\' Their stories, so personal yet so universal, especially in time of war, are the setting for \'My Father\'s Music.\' The songs are those that Dottie and my father particularly associate with their memories. I am most grateful for their contributions.