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Veteran's Family Donates Football Trophy to Camp Shelby

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The V Corps Army football championship trophy from 1941 sits as an exhibit at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.

The Cycloner's team coach was Lt. Wayne Sandefur. His three daughters donated the trophy.

"When I was a little girl, this trophy sat on a shelf, and we would walk by it and look at it and stand in awe and wonder what this big trophy was," Sandefur's daughter Ginny Sielowski said.

Later in life they learned just how special the trophy was.

"They had the soldier athletics for their morale while they were here in training and things, but these soldiers served the duration of the war," Museum Director Chad Daniels said.

Sandefur served during the Philippine Liberation Campaign and earned two Silver Star Medals for valor.

"The three of us just got together and decided this trophy belonged someplace besides our personal possessions in our closets," Sielowski said.

"It's really great to have it here because so many people in Hattiesburg helped to support the soldiers when they were playing their games and they bring home the trophy and it was like something celebrated in the area," Daniels said.

Sielowski said her dad would be proud.

"He would be very pleased with that," she said.  "He would not want the attention. He'd say, 'No it was the team that won the trophy. I didn't win the trophy, but I'm glad it's brought back where it belongs.'"

She also said the day is important for more than one reason.

"This is the 71st wedding anniversary of my parents," Sielowski said.  "Back in 1942, Nov. 15 they were married at the Camp Shelby Chapel."

Daniels said although some exhibits may focus on one soldier, it also speaks for those who aren't in the museum.  He said they recognize and remember all veteran's service and sacrifice.

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