He was eligible to receive the United Daughters of the Confederacy Cross of Military Service for serving in Troop G, 8th Cavalry, U.S. Army during World War II. He is a lineal descendant of Barton D. Smith who served in the War Between the States in Company K, 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. On behalf of the Cleburne UDC Chapter, Jo Howard of Oxford and Lynda Lowery of Heflin conducted the bestowal ceremony.
Entertainment of Scots-Irish music from the 1860's was provided at the event by Glenna Boyd Caldwell from Ft. Payne. She played a musical instrument called a Bouzouki, much like a guitar but with a different sound. Songs she played and sang included "The Empty Chair", "Maryland, My Maryland", "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier" and "Auld Lang Syne".