The Cowboy Is a Patriot: Gene Autry in World War II
Autry Museum Case
Updated October 2, 2017
The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, California recently debuted a special case titled "The Cowboy Is a Patriot: Gene Autry in World War II."
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 from his USO performances in the South Pacific near the end of the war.
The special case will be on view through the summer of 2018 in the museum's Imagination Gallery.
For more information on Gene Autry's service in World War II, read more on our website here.
Listen to the complete July 26, 1942 episode of "Gene Autry's Melody Ranch" radio show broadcast from WBBM in Chicago, Illinois when Republic Pictures great cowboy star Gene autry became Sgt. Gene Autry when he was sworn into the United States Army Air Forces.