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Staff Sgt. Ernest F. Smith taught himself to play this mandolin while he was a prisoner of the Germans during World War II. He got it in a trade with a guard and used music to boost camp morale. Smith was shot down in May 1944 and was freed at the end of the war in May 1945. He was a member of the 452nd Heavy Bomb Group.

Donated by Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) Bobby L. Smith.

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