From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Sidney Smith '26

Date of birth: August 12, 1903

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


Sidney was lost when USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait. He was the ship's gunnery plotting room officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


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From Find A Grave:

S. L. Smith was a Commander in the United States Navy. He was the son of Layton Fontaine Smith and Mary Alexander Beasley Smith - born and brought up in Maryland in the household of his mother's parents. He attended the U.S. Navel Academy. When he was 23, he married Katherine L. Bechtold Smith and in 1930 they were living with her parents. Sidney and Katherine had two sons Sidney L. Smith Jr. and Gordon Leigh Smith who was born March 6 1935.

He was not officially declared dead until December 15, 1945; this also explains his late listing on the Class of 1926 panel in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1926

Sidney is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.