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From Army to Art

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Cynthia Smith at her easel.

Cynthia Smith at her easel.

Rosie the Riveter has been a familiar character since World War II, but not many know that today there are also women welders in the Army and elsewhere.

Cynthia Newton Smith was not only an army welder; she was stationed at Fort Bragg, was a member of the 82nd Airborne and attended the 101st Air Assault School. She later trained to be a Medic. Cynthia gained her predilection towards the Army naturally as her father, Colston Newton, was a JAG officer at the Pentagon when she was born in the Fort Belvoir Army Hospital. She also had two older brothers in the Army ahead of her.

In her early years, the family moved to Westmoreland County, where she spent much of her childhood. She attended a Lutheran Primary School where the family had lived previously, so she started in 2nd grade at Cople Elementary School. Later she attended Montross Elementary, where she developed an interest in running. She was always trying to outdo her previous running times, she said. Although she didn’t go out for school sports much, she remembers one time running…

—See the full story in the June 4 edition of the Northumberland Echo!