The Cowboy Is a Patriot: Gene Autry in World War II

Opens May 16, 2017

The Autry: Imagination Gallery

About the Exhibition

July 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Gene Autry’s enlistment in the U.S. military during World War II. Before the war began, Autry was the iconic singing cowboy, entertaining millions through radio, records, film, and in-person performances. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, risking his life, sacrificing career opportunities, and lifting the morale of his fellow Americans. After the war, Autry would rebuild his career in a changing America. This new case features artifacts from Autry’s military service, including his aviator helmet, goggles, and ID cards—and from his USO performances in the South Pacific near the end of the war.