From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Philip Smith, Jr. '30

Date of birth: February 15, 1908

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Philip was lost when USS Atlanta (CL 51) was sunk on November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by at least two daughters (see below).

He is buried at sea and has a memorial marker at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.


From a Navy press release on June 10, 2010:

… One person who could relate the story of Midway to the Sailors and civilians in the audience was the guest speaker Sheila Noll, vice chairman, York County Board of Supervisors. Her father, Lt. Cmdr. Philip T. Smith, was the communications officer aboard USS Atlanta (CL 51), a light cruiser that provided anti aircraft protection for the carriers USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Hornet (CV 8) as part of Vice Admiral Halsey's Carrier Task Force.

"The Battle of Midway has a special meaning for me," she explained. "My sister, Phyllis, was born on June 4, 1942, the day the Battle of Midway began. Our father made the ultimate sacrifice five months later at the Battle of Guadalcanal."

As I look out at this audience, I realize that for most of you present this morning, the Battle of Midway is but a paragraph in a history book," Noll continued. "However, for your grandparents, or perhaps your great grandparents, it was ever so much more. It was the first great battle in the Pacific theater and it was won by the United States." …

Class of 1930

Philip is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.