From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frederic Smith '49

Date of birth: October 16, 1926

Date of death: February 8, 1965

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


Frederic ("Wayne"?) was lost on February 8, 1965 when his A-3 Skywarrior crashed near NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Two other aircrew were also lost. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

From the March 1965 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. Frederic W. Smith, USN, was killed in an aircraft accident on 8 Feb. while piloting an A-3 from Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Wash, on a low-level training bomb run. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery on 12 Feb.

Cdr. Smith was born 16 Oct. at South Weymouth, Mass. Following graduation, from the Naval Academy in 1949, he served in MIDWAY, completed flight training, and was a jet photo reconnaissance pilot based in BOXER in the Pacific. His last tour of duty was with Heavy Attack Squadron Four.

Surviving are his widow, Suzanne McHenry Smith, and sons Frederick Walton 12, Dana Leigh 11, and Craig Baldwin 9, of 113 Crescent Loop, Oak Harbor, Wash.


His wife accepted a posthumous Ph.D. for him from American University on June 9, 1968. His "nearly finished manuscript was on his desk at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station when he was killed;" it was later submitted by his brother, RADM James A. Smith, "and was accepted with all requirements for the degree satisfied." (Information from September-October 1968 issue of Shipmate.)

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Class of 1949

Frederic is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 on Virtual Memorial Hall.