Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Smiths in:
 • Arlington National Cemetery
 • Arlington
 • Arlington County
 • Virginia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Gen Frederic Harrison Smith, Jr
Birth: Jun. 30, 1908
Fort Monroe
Hampton City
Virginia, USA
Death: May 28, 1980
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

US Air Force General. A combat veteran of World War II, he rose in rank to become the Commander-in-Chief of US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and US Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. After completing high school, he received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and in June 1920 graduated with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery. His first assignment was that of a student officer at the Air Corps Primary and Advanced Flying Schools at Brooks (now closed) and Kelly (now Kelly Air Reserve Base, a part of Joint Base San Antonio) Fields, Texas. After receiving his pilot wings, he was transferred to the US Army Air Corps in December 1930. He was assigned to France Field (now Enrique Adolfo Jiménez Airport), Panama Canal Zone, where he served with the 63rd Service Squadron and the 24th Pursuit Squadron until December 1932. He then returned to the US and in January 1933 he was assigned to the 41st School Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas. In 1936 he was promoted to the rank of captain and served as senior aeronautical inspector for the Panama Canal, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone and also acted as advisor on aviation matters to the Governor of the Panama Canal. In 1939 he returned to the US and became the operations officer and later the commander of the 36th Pursuit Squadron at Langley Field (now Langley Air Force Base, a part of Joint Base Langley-Eustis), Virginia. In 1940 he was appointed commanding officer of the 8th Pursuit Group, 7th Pursuit Wing at Mitchel Field, New York (now closed). In January 1942, after the US entered World War II, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, he transferred with his unit to the Southwest Pacific and later that year he became the chief of staff of the advanced echelon of the newly activated 5th Air Force. In 1944 he was transferred to the European Theater of Operations, serving as deputy senior Air Staff officer and chief of operations of the Allied Expeditionary Air Forces, based in England. In the fall of 1944, at the rank of brigadier general, he returned to the US to become deputy chief of Air Staff at Headquarters US Army Air Force in Washington DC and returned to the Southwest Pacific the following February to direct the 5th Fighter Command. After the end of World War II, he returned to the US and served in the Special Organizational Planning Group in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans, at US Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington DC until March 1946. In April 1946 he became chief of staff of the Strategic Air Command at Andrews Field (now Andrews Air Force Base), Maryland, and in February 1947 became national commander of the Civil Air Patrol. In October 1947, following the creation of the establishment of the US Air Force as a separate military branch, he was appointed chief of the Requirements Division under the director of Training and Requirements Division in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters US Air Force in Washington DC and was promoted to the rank of major general. In February 1948 he was appointed assistant for programming in that office until August 1950, when he became Commanding General of the Eastern Air Defense Force at Stewart Air Force Base (now Stewart Air National Guard Base), New York. In March 1952 he became Vice Commander of the Air Defense Command at Ent Air Force Base (now closed), Colorado Springs, Colorado until June 1956, when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and again joined the Fifth Air Force in Japan as its commander. In July 1957 he received the additional duty as commander of the US Forces in Japan. In September 1958 he returned to the US to assume command of the Air Training Command (now Air Education and Training Command) at Randolph Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base San Antonio), Texas. The following year he was assigned to Germany and promoted to the rank of general, and became Commander-in-Chief of the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force and USAFE. Upon his return to the US, in July 1961 he became the US Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in Washington DC and retired in that position in September 1962 with 33 years of continuous military service in the US Army Air Corps and US Air Force. Among his military and foreign awards and decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award (with six oak leaf clusters), the American Campaign Medal, and the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He died at the age of 71. He was the son-in-law of US Navy five-star Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Frederic Harrison Smith (1879 - 1961)
  Harriet Bonnycastle Harrison Smith (1888 - 1965)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Stuart King Smith (1911 - 1996)
 
 Sibling:
  Frederic Harrison Smith (1908 - 1980)
  Daniel W. Smith (1911 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3 Lot 4022-A
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Nov 26, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8130355
Gen Frederic Harrison Smith, Jr
Added by: Ron Moody
 
Gen Frederic Harrison Smith, Jr
Added by: Paul Hays
 
Gen Frederic Harrison Smith, Jr
Added by: Paul Hays
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014

- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014
There are 57 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 27 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service