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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 30, 1924
Date of death: September 15, 1950
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Franklin Smith, Jr.

Greenville, South Carolina

"Reb" was one of those well-known Southern gentlemen. His impressive appearance, easy-going manner, soft-spoken word, and fine sense of humor gained for him an enviable number of firm friendships among his classmates. Although not the football player type, "Reb" was an excellent golfer and enjoyed a good game of tennis. In addition, he could always be counted upon as a fourth for a bridge game, or as a crew member for a week-end yawl or ketch trip. However.,"Smitty's" one eternal stumbling block was his "femme situation," and he drained many an ink bottle trying to un-noose himself.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Junior Grade Smith was the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 63, Carrier Air Group Two aboard the aircraft carrier, USS BOXER (CV-21). On September 19, 1950, after completing a raid over Korea, as his aircraft landed, it struck the barrier and went overboard inverted

Inscription: Lt US Navy. Killed in Action off Korea

Memorial Hall Error

Frankklin is listed as killed in action by the Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, but he is not listed in the Korean War section of the killed in action board in Memorial Hall.

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Lewis Adkins, Jr. '46 and John Metschl '46 were also members of 20th Company.

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