Donna-Mae Smith

Donna Mae Smith was the first female bugler in the United States military, beginning her service in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942, eventually rising to the rank of sergeant. Beginning in 1947, she was staff member and mentor to the 65 member Hormel All-Girls Drum and Bugle Corps, a pioneering unit in the activity that served as a model for several subsequent organizations like Audubon, The ND-Ettes, St. Ignatius and many others of national prominence.

For over 60 years, Donna Mae has sounded bugle calls on hundreds of occasions to honor veteran's organizations and render military honors. Her grandson, an Air Force bugler, was taught to play at age 7 by her and carries on the tradition.

She is prominently featured playing her bugle on a national poster honoring Women in Service and has been profiled in several history books.