SSGT Stephen Earl Smith

SSGT Stephen Earl Smith

Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Jul 2018 (aged 97)
Ono, Shasta County, California, USA
Burial Igo, Shasta County, California, USA
Plot Section 12, Site 19
Memorial ID 192310361 · View Source
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Stephen E. Smith
Ono, CA

On July 27, 2018, the Lord took Stephen home. He was born in Kentucky, December 24, 1920 to Stephen and Loranzy Smith.

He began his military service in high school where he attended the CMTC/ROTC. In April 1942 he volunteered and was inducted into the Army's 82nd Airborne 505 Parachute Regiment.

He made combat jumps at Sicily, Italy, Normandy, and Operation Market Garden. In Normandy he was wounded by a land mine and during the Battle of the Bulge his lower legs and feet were nearly frozen. These injuries caused problems for the rest of his life. Among his many awards were the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with 6 Bronze Arrowheads.

During the Korean conflict he enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Japan as a Tech Sergeant for the Far East Air Material Command.

After the war he worked for GE on the X-15 and Atlas missile projects. He retired as a Field Service Representative working on reentry vehicles at Vandenberg AFB in 1968.

Stephen was a Master Mason and a devoted church member. Once his eyesight began to fail his participation in many activities became limited. He will be remembered most for his good heart, his love of nature and the outdoors and his devotion and service to his country.

He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie, son Stephen (Patricia) Smith and granddaughter Stephanie (Michael) Byrd, step-son Barry Duffin, step daughter Wendy Nitcher and grandsons Daniel and Timothy.

Services will be held at the NC Veterans Cemetary in Igo on August 24th at 11am at the Northern California Veteran's Cemetary in Igo, Ca.

The family invites you to meet together at the Ono-Igo Community Church following the service.

Please sign the guestbook at
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Aug. 17, 2018

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