Major Smothers served in the 45th Infantry Regiment and died during World War II, while being transported from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Fukuoka, Japan to a POW camp in Mukden, Manchukuo. He is the father of Thomas and Dick Smothers -- The Smothers Brothers.
Survived the sinking of the Oryoku Maru at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, and the bombing of the Enoura Maru at Takao, Formosa. He was held in Japan at Fukuoka #3 and #22. Since he had been scheduled to be sent to Manchuria, the Japanese boarded him onto a transport, on which he died, to Korea.∼Graduated from West Point, Class of 1929. Became member of the 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts. Report date: 7 May 1942, he was held at Hoten POW Camp (Mukden) Manchuria 42-123. He survived the Bataan Death March only to die on a Japanese Hellship, they were en route to Korea, when a Allied pilot mistakenly bombed the ship, he was a victim of friendly fire. He was buried at sea. There is a monument at Fort William Mckinley, Manila, The Philippines. His family was awarded the Purple Heart Medal & Bronze Star Medal. He left three children: Tom, Dick & Sherry and wife, Ruth Remick Smothers.
Ruth Genivieve Remick Smothers
1916–1988 (m. 1935)
Gravesite Details Entered the service from North Carolina