Alumni want Doughboy statue from shuttered military academy
LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Alumni of the shuttered Wentworth Military Academy and College are fighting to salvage one especially precious piece of their history — a 5 1/2-foot-tall statue of a World War I doughboy.
The academy in the western Missouri town of Lexington prepared generations of soldiers, but it struggled financially in recent years and closed in May.
Among assets scheduled to be sold at an auction next month is a statue known as the Doughboy. But the Wentworth Alumni Association says it was alumni who paid for the statue that was dedicated in 1923.
The association is seeking a court order removing the statue from the auction so it can be preserved for public display. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday.
The term "doughboy" was a nickname for soldiers in World War I.