In 1943 artist Francis V. Kughler, Hudson River Museum Director H. Armour Smith and Women’s Army Corps recruiter Joanne Coates conceived a plan to encourage women of Yonkers to enlist in the army and honor their contribution. Every Yonkers woman who joined the WACs would have her portrait made in oil or pastel by Kughler.
Florence Wallace worked as a surgical technician in the WAC. Her brother, George B. Wallace, was also in the Army, serving with the Medical Corps. They were originally from New Hampshire.
While stationed at Camp Polk in Louisiana, she met her future husband, Arthur B. Winget, who spent five years in the Army, including in the Pacific Theater.