JAMES S. SMITH, JR., LCDR, USN
James Smith, Jr. '25
Date of birth: November 18, 1904
Date of death: November 13, 1942
From the 1925 Lucky Bag:
His wife was listed as next of kin.
James was commanding officer of USS Trever (DMS 16) in 1940 until December 1941.
American Legion Post
Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, in Laconia, New Hampshire, is named for James.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander James Stuart Smith, Jr. (NSN: 0-59677), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Conning Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. ATLANTA (CL-51), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. With cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Commander Smith remained at his station and directed the course of the ship until he was mortally wounded. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Division: U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)