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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 4, 1917
Date of death: February 4, 1945
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

1940 Butler LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Downey, California

Smedley proved that California's sons have what it takes when he became number one ring man and won his "N" on the gym team Youngster year. Never overly fond of dragging, his time has been well spent shooting, sailing aboard the Vamarie and the Turtle, building a boat of his own, designing and fabricating a knapsack or two, and reading innumerable books on pistols, camping, hunting, fishing, and woodcraft. Firm convictions, a quiet presence, and an addiction for neatness and orderliness stamp him as good living company. An early riser, his ambition and love of the service cause us to expect big things of our Smed.


Smedley was lost when USS Barbel (SS 316) was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Palawan on February 4, 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Bronze Star

All Hands lists him as a recipient of the Bronze Star; unable to find this citation.

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Class of 1940
William is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.
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