Historical museum features military exhibits

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The Mansfield Historical Museum honors veterans this month with two military displays.

One will feature a mannequin in fatigues owned by Jarrod Ray of Mansfield, son or Danny and Suzanne Ray. Jarrod was stationed in Iraq. Joshua Terry also has donated his uniform, after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. His grandmother, Virginia Brittain, was a charter member of the Historical Society.

The museum will also display the recently donated World War I uniform that belonged to George Ballweg. George’s parents, Martin and Anna, moved to Mansfield in 1883. They bought a 75-acre farm on Cedar Hill Road. George was a corporal in the Army in WWI, served as a truck driver in the Motor Transportation Corps in France, driving trucks to the front. He was honorably discharged July 25, 1919, in Arkansas. The Ballweg property is now under Lake Joe Pool. Stephen Linville, grandson of George Ballweg, donated the complete uniform and provided information.

The museum, located at 102 N. Main St., is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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