From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Larry Smith '61

Date of birth: January 19, 1939

Date of death: September 16, 1968

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1961 Lucky Bag:


From the December 1968 Shipmate:

Lt. Larry E. Smith, USN (Ret.), died 16 Sept. in the Naval Hospital, Oakland, Calif., as the result of an aircraft accident. Services and interment were held at Sac City, Iowa.

Lt. Smith was born in Portsmouth, Va. and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1961. He served in USS Bridget, then completed flight training at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Tex. He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 38 in USS Bennington, then had jet transition training at the Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Tex. He was serving with Heavy Attack Squadron 125 at the time of the accident. He was retired this past September due to physical disability.

Surviving are his widow, Loretta… ; two sons, Donald Edward and Rodney Douglas, and two daughters, Debbre Linn and Darlene Francis; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Smith.

Note that there was never a "Heavy Attack Squadron 125"; he was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 125 based in Lemoore, California. Two papers have the exact same wire story of his death, and imply that the ejection occurred shortly before his death; both cite "Attack Squadron 125."


It's unclear on why Larry's name is so late on the panel; he appears between a CDR and a Captain with the implied date of addition sometime after 1974.

Class of 1961

Larry is one of 23 members of the Class of 1961 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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