GEORGE R. SMITH, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: 1945
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1939 Smith LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

GEORGE RICHARD SMITH

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Smitty, Rich, Dick

From the Hoosier State, Smitty has done much to uphold the reputation of the mid-west at the Academy. In spite of the fact that he possesses a mania for working crossword puzzles during study hours, Smitty has always managed to stand near the head of his class. Although he claims to be a red mike, he boasts an enviable collection of feminine photographs, and drags quite frequently. However, little-understood womankind has been one of his major philosophical problems. Smitty possesses all the natural traits which are indispensable to success in the Navy. His quiet modest manner and his willingness to help others make him an ideal roommate. Smitty is a hard-working fellow who will keep plugging away until he has achieved his ambitions.

Fencing 4; Lacrosse 4; 3 Stripes.

Loss

Unable to find any information about George's life or loss. Suspect he is the man described here:

September 1945: A PBY-5A piloted by VPB-62’s commanding officer Commander George R. Smith, which took off from Cold Bay, Alaska, carrying a full crew and nine passengers, crashed at the foot of Old Woman’s Mountain. Eight of the 15 people aboard were killed.

He had been commanding officer since December 1, 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin, but there is no other information in the listing.


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