|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1942|
JAMES C Smith 22,
MISSING OFF JAVA
Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Smith, route 2, Troy, have been notified that their son. Second Lieut. James Caivin Smith. 22, is among men reported missing when the aircraft tender, Langley was sunk In a Japanese attack at an unnamed point in the Southwestern Pacific off the northwest coast of Australia near Java Feb. 27. The message received by Lieut.
Smith's parents read "Deeply regret to Inform you that your son Second Lieut. James Calvin Smith United States Army, has been reported as missing In the service of his country aboard the U.S.S. Langley at sea. Further reports will
be forwarded as received. "Adjutant General".
It is believed that Lieut. Smith was being transferred »hen the Langley was sunk in the battle of Java, having, according to the quoted statements or an officer, left an Australia point with a convoy of Australian ships. The last word received by Mr. and Mrs. Smith from their son was from Australia on January,24. Young Smith was commissioned
as a second lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps September 26. 1941 at Kelly Field. Texas, going from there to Hamilton Field, San Francisco and sailing the day after Thanksgiving.
Born on the Smith farm two and a half miles east of Troy February,3. 1920. he had lived in Troy the greater portion of his childhood, and later attended Staunton township
high school, being valedictorian of his class which graduated in 1938 and also a member of the school basketball team.He studied mechanical engineering two years at the University of Cincinnati before entering military service.
Walter D Smith (1884 - 1967)
Emma Bertha Moore Smith (1886 - 1967)
Note: A marker for him at Riverside Cemetery, his body was lost at sea.
Maintained by: Mark Borckardt
Originally Created by: Steve E
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
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