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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 13, 1916
Date of death: December 7, 1941
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Iraan, Texas

Smitty comes from those picturesque prairies covered with oil derricks — Western Texas. He hasn't starred yet, but he has always made a good showing, even with the odds decidedly against him at times. Good natured, serious minded, but not too serious to appreciate even the worst joke, tolerant of the novel and unusual, as well as the old and trite ideas and discoveries of his roommates, ambitious but not a cutthroat, Smitty gives indications of being able to hold his own in the Navy or wherever he may happen to be. His ability and perseverance will make him a worthy officer; his adaptability, a fine friend.


Smitty was lost in USS Arizona (BB 39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

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