|Birth: ||May 17, 1925|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1945|
Byron "A" Smith, (no middle initial really) was killed in a kamikaze attack seven miles east of Okinawa while he was serving aboard the USS Cassin Young (DD793). He was the son of Alexander and Lula and the family lived in several states during the Depression, being in western Michigan in 1942 from where he enlisted. The hit also claimed 21 of Byron's shipmates near the starboard, foreward portion of the destroyer. The ship is now a museum ship, part of Boston National Historical Park, across the Charles River from Boston, in Charlestown, MA. It can be toured in season with park rangers and Googled via the National Park or the ship's volunteer website. A plaque listing all those killed that day is on board exactly where the plane hit.
Note: Entered the service from Michigan.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56122658
Added: Sep. 13, 2016
NARA records list this sailors Home of Record as Williamston, Michigan...Killed In Action...WWII dead returned from Okinawa Island Cemetery...Re-interred on 03/09/1949...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.|
Added: Jun. 1, 2015
Purple Heart Medal. Killed in Action aboard the U.S.S. Cassin Young DD793.|
Added: Jul. 20, 2014
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