From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gary Smith '54

Date of birth: May 10, 1931

Date of death: May 27, 1970

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


From the September-October 1970 issue of SHIPMATE:

LtCol. Gary T. Smith, USAF, died 27 March as the result of an aircraft accident at Eglin AFB, Florida. Funeral services were held at the Eglin Chapel with interment at Barrancas National Cemetery, in Pensacola, with full military honors.

Col. Smith was born in Kalamath Falls, Or., and attended Oregon State University before entering the Naval Academy. He graduated from the Academy in the class of 1954 and was commissioned in the U. S. Air Force.

During his tour of duty as an F4C aircraft commander in Vietnam, he completed 183 combat missions and was awarded, among other decorations, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Ousters.

He held a Master's Degree in nuclear physics from North Carolina State College and Master's Degree in business administration from the George Washington University. He was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Societies.

He is survived by his widow, Joan Pamela, of 344 Holmes Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, Fl. 32548; two daughters, Pamela and Cheryl; and a sister.

From US Naval Academy Class of 1954:

Gary Smith was killed in an F-4 test flight at Englin AFB, Florida in March of 1970, shortly after completing a Vietnam tour in F-4s.

He is buried in Florida.

Class of 1954

Gary is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.