Smith, John, Col

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7592-Pilot VMAW
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1936-1936, 9969, MCB Quantico, VA
Service Years
1936 - 1960
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Stacey Nelson (Bull / Stace) to remember Marine Col John Smith (Meat Ball Smitty).

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He retired from the Marine Corps on September 1, 1960, after which he worked in the defense industry.

Sadly, despondent over being laid-off from his position during a slowdown, he took his own life on June 9, 1972 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel John Lucian Smith, Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Corps ace who shot down 19 Japanese planes in World War II, died June 10, 1972 at Encino, California.
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The colonel was also awarded Britain's Distinguished Service Order "for conspicuous gallantry and distinguished service?" in the Solomons.

Col Smith,
You are forever in my prayers... God bless, you and yours, and those like you always...
Semper Fidelis
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1936, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MCB Quantico, VA
  1936-1936, 9969, MCB Quantico, VA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)2
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended
University of Oklahoma
  1932-1936, University of Oklahoma
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