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Darby Room

Learn about Fort Smith’s famous son and WW II hero, William O. Darby. Darby organized and trained the First Ranger Battalion, the elite combat force also called “Darby’s Rangers”.


You will discover the fascinating story of General William O. Darby's life, from his childhood in Fort Smith to his service in the military. Explore his heroic efforts as he organized and trained the First Ranger Battalion, an elite combat force also known as "Darby's Rangers". Through the use of artifacts and historical documents, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the remarkable contributions that Darby made to the war effort and his lasting impact on the military.


This is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of Fort Smith, military history, or the legacy of American heroes from the greatest generation.

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