From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Smith '39

Date of birth: June 20, 1917

Date of death: September 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


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.

Class of 1939

George is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.