A recent donation from Betty Smith of Morrilton will be used to create a new underage service exhibit at the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge.
Both Elizabeth Swindle and her future husband, Jack Marion Smith, entered the military underage. Natives of Texas, Jack served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, while Betty was in the Women’s Army Corps from 1943 to 1946.
Among the items donated to the museum were two mannequins, one displaying her uniform and one displaying her husband’s uniform.
Harold Johnson, president of the museum board said a display case is being built to hold the mannequins and other items she donated including several medals, a flag and many other items.
“The mannequins and other items will be displayed in the veterans of underage display area,” Johnson said. “We expect to have them on display in the next couple weeks.”
Johnson said Betty said she wanted to bring her items to the Wings of Honor Museum for display so that others could see them, and learn about the history.
“She wanted more people to see them,” he said, “and thought they would get more exposure at our museum.”