Prepared to commemorate his commissioning as a Second LieutenantIn the United States Army December 2011
Jacob Gerald Langley Second Lieutenant United States ArmyCommissioned December 10, 2011
Jacob has a rich history of ancestors who served theircountry with distinction in King Phillip’s War, the French and Indian War, the War of the Revolution, the Civil War, WW1 and WW2. Here are a few of their stories.
King Phillip’s War King Philips War, sometimes called the First IndianWar, or Metacoms War was an armed conflict between Native American inhabitants of present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Native American allies in 1675–76. The war is named after the main leader of the Native Americanside, Metacomet, known to the English as "King Philip".
Captain Michael J. Pierce 1615-1676Captain Michael J. Pierce immigrated to the New World in theearly 1640s from Higham, Kent, England to Scituate, in whatlater became Massachusetts.Michael Pierce was the brother of the famous Colonial seacaptain, William Pierce, who helped settle Plymouth Colony.Historical records show that Captain William crossed theAtlantic, bringing settlers and provisions to the New Worldmore frequently than any other during the Great Migration.
Captain in the Local Militia Fighting the Indians. Michael Pierce attained the title, Captain, from the Colony court in 1669. Historical records show that he was first given the rank of Ensign under Captain Captain Miles Standish, then later, in 1669, he was made Michael J Pierce Captain. These titles reflects his role as a leader in the local militia formed to protect the colony from the Indians. Honored for Heroism in King Phillips War. Captain Michael Pierces memory is well- documented in American history. He is honored for the brave manner in which he died in defense of his country. The exact manner in which he died is repeated in more than 20 books and letters detailing the military history of the King Phillips War. This war took Pierce Park and Monument place between 1675 and Dedicated to Captain Michael Pierce 1676, and remains one of the Central Falls, Rhode Island, next to bloodiest conflicts in American Blackstone River history. It was also a pivotal point in early American history.
The battle in which Captain Michael Pierce lost his life is detailed in Drakes Indian Chronicles (pp. 220-222) as follows: "Sunday the 26th of March, 1676, was sadly remarkable to us for the tidings of a very deplorable disaster brought into Boston about five oclock that afternoon, by a post from Dedham, viz., that Captain Pierce of Scituate in Plymouth Colony, having intelligence in his garrison at Seaconicke, that a party of the enemy lay near Mr. Blackstornes, went forth with sixty-three English and twenty of the Cape Indians (who had all along continued faithful, and joyned with them), and upon their march discovered rambling in an obscure woody place, four or five Indians, who, in getting away from us halted as if they had been lame or wounded. But our men had pursued them but a little way into the woods before they found them to be only decoys to draw them into their ambuscade; for on a sudden, they discovered about five hundred Indians, who in very good order, furiously attacked them, being as readily received by ours; so that the fight began to be very fierce and dubious, and our men had made the enemy begin to retreat, but so slowly that it scarce deserved the name, when a fresh company of about four hundred Indians came in; so that the English and their few Indian friends were quite surrounded and beset on every side. Yet they made a brave resistance for about two hours; during which time they did great execution upon their enemy, who they kept at a distance and themselves in order. For Captain Pierce cast his sixty-three English and twenty Indians into a ring, and six fought back to back, and were double - double distance all in one ring, whilst the Indians were as thick as they could stand, thirty deep. Overpowered with whose numbers, the said Captain and fifty-five of his English and ten of their Indian friends were slain upon the place, which in such a cause and upon such disadvantages may certainly be titled "The Bed of Honor." However, they sold their worthy lives at a gallant rate, it being affirmed by those few that not without wonderful difficulty and many wounds made their escape, that the Indians lost as many fighting men in this engagement as were killed in the battle in the swamp near Narragansett, mentioned in our last letter, which were generally computed to be above three hundred."
Nine Men’s MiseryMonument In Cumberland, Rhode Island, there is a monument commemorating Pierce’s fight called Nine Mens Misery. The monument is located in a dark, place in the woods, near a former monastery. The monastery is now a public library. The NINE MENS MISERY monument consists of little more than a pile of stones ON THIS SPOT WHERE cemented together by a monk and marked with a THEY WERE SLAIN plaque. However, this site is BY THE INDIANS of major historical WERE BURIED significance because it is THE NINE SOLDIERS considered to be the oldest CAPTURED IN monument to veterans in PIERCES FIGHT the United States. The MARCH 26, 1676 inscription on the monument is shown to the right.
Captain John Holbrook 1615-1676 Captain John Holbrook was baptized on 6 April 1618 at St. John the Baptist Church, Glastonbury, Som erset, England. He emigrated with his father and mother in 1635 aboard the "Marygold" as part of Reverend Hulls Company. He and his family settled in Weymouth MA.Captain John Holbrook fought in King Phillip’s War. Recordsshow that on June 22, 1676, he was at Concord with thirtymen from Norfolk, a county which consisted of thesettlements on the Merrimack and Piscataqua rivers, and ascommander he drew the pay for twenty-four men in June,August and September, 1675, and also drew sixteen poundsfor his own services.
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Captain Michael J. Pierce and Captain John Holbrook Captain Michael J. Pierce m. Persis Eames> Abigal Pierce Abigal Pierce m. Captain John Holbrook > Elizabeth Holbrook Elizabeth Holbrook m. James Smith (3) > Ebenezer Smith Ebenezer Smith m. Sara Tiffany> Hezekiah Smith (Major) Hezekiah Smith m. Eunice Morris > Nathaniel Smith Nathaniel Smith m. Mary Thompson> Jonathan McGee Smith Jonathan McGee Smith m. Ann Patterson> Joseph Emerson Smith Joseph Emerson Smith m. Margaret A. Borland> Arthur Clinton Smith Arthur Clinton Smith m. Mary Magdalene Malloy > Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
Lt. Henry Bowen 1633-1723 Lieutenant Henry Bowen was born in 1633 in Wales and immigrated to the United States at age 5 originally landing at Boston. While living inThe Great Swamp Fight, or theGreat Swamp Massacre, was a Roxbury, MA Henrycrucial battle fought during King Bowen was a Lieutenant inPhilips War between colonial the militia in Captain Isaacmilitia of New England and the Johnson’s company, andNarragansett tribe in December of1675. commanded the company upon the death of Capt. Johnson in the Great Swamp Fight of Dec. 19, 1675.
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Lieutenant Henry Bowen Lieutenant Henry Bowen m. Elizabeth Johnson> Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen m. Deacon Edward Morris > Lt. Edward Morris Lt Edward Morris m. Bethiah Peake > Eunice Morris Eunice Morris m. Hezekiah Smith > Nathaniel Smith Nathaniel Smith m. Mary Thompson> Jonathan McGee Smith Jonathan McGee Smith m. Ann Patterson > Joseph Emerson Smith Joseph Emerson Smith m. Margaret A. Borland> Arthur Clinton Smith Arthur Clinton Smith m. Mary Magdalene Malloy > Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
The French and Indian War The French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, began in the Spring on 1754. The disputearose over the presence of British and French settlers inthe Ohio River but resulted in battles that were fought far from there. Both the French and English wanted exclusive rights to the area because of its economic potential and plethora of fur-bearing wildlife. Despite attempts in Europe to solve the territory battlediplomatically, no compromise could be made and war resulted.
George Patterson was born in Ireland in 1723. He is believed to have immigrated to the US with his parents when he was about 5 years old. He held many offices in Pelham Ma including deer reeve, school board member, surveyor, and constable. George was one of the "Committee of Correspondence" in 1773 and 1777. He served as Selectman of Pelham during the years George Patterson 1763,66,69,70,75,77 and 1779. On March 29,1776 he was 1723-1789 chosen to be on the Committee of Safety. During the French and Indian War, George was a soldier in the company of Capt. Robert Letheridge of Pelham, Col. Israel Williams regiment, which marched by the Captain General’s orders for the relief of the garrison and troops at Fort William Henry at the time it was invested in 1757.
Captain JamesGilmore1702-1758James, youngest son of Robert and Mary Ann (Kennedy)Gilmore, was born in 1705, in Coleraine, Ireland, and came to theUS with his parents in 1718. He and his brothers were among thefirst settlers in Londonderry, NH.Captain James Gilmore was an officer in the French and IndianWars
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Captain James Gilmore and George Patterson Captain James Gilmore m. Jean Batiste > Margaret Gilmore Margaret Gilmore m. George Patterson > Adam Patterson Adam Patterson m. Jane Rankin > Ann Patterson Ann Patterson m. Jonathan McGee Smith > Joseph Emerson Smith Joseph Emerson Smith m. Margaret A. Borland> Arthur Clinton Smith Arthur Clinton Smith m. Mary Magdalene Malloy > Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
The War of the Revolution The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several Europeangreat powers. Many of Jacob’s ancestors fought in theWar of the Revolution. A few of them are listed here.
Major Hezekiah Smith and his Sons Smith Obelesk in Colrain Branch Cemetary, Colrain, Massachusetts, honors Major Hezekiah Smith and his sons ofColrain MA who served in the War of the Revolution. Hezekiah is a direct descendant of James Smith who immigrated fromEngland in 1635; Jacob is a direct descendant of Hezekiah Smith.
Obelisk Inscriptions Major Hezekiah SmithAn Officer of the Revolution Sons of Maj Smith Born 1726 Died 1800 Eunice Morris Oren born 1750 died 1823 His Wife Hezekiah 1753 1843 Born 1729 Died 1807 Nathaniel 1755 1835 Erected AD 1864 David 1758 1816 By their Grandson Joseph Son of Calvin Rominer 1759 1827As a token of respect for his Calvin 1764 1837 ancestors
Prominent in local affairs and Revolution In January 1773, a town meeting was called in Colrain to consider the first statements received from Boston. They were probably Samuel Adams’ ―Statement of the Rights of Colonists‖ and Joseph Warren’s ―List of Infringements and Violations of Those Rights‖. A committee of 7 members was appointed to represent Colrain and among them was Hezekiah (p. 61). At a town meeting held 3-7-1774, Hezekiah was one of 7 men appointed to the Committee of Correspondence for the coming year (p. 64). Hezekiah joined the militia in 1774 to join in the siege of Boston (p. 68). Fort Ticonderoga Hezekiah was named on 5-23-1775 as a delegate to the Provincial Congress meeting in Watertown. It voted to raise an army of 13, 600 men and provide money to defray expenses (p. 68). Major Hezekiah Hezekiah was one of the Colrain men with Capt. Robert Oliver in the 24th regiment of Col. Ephraim Smith 1726-1800 Doolittle at Charlestown and Winter Hill from August 1 to October 6, 1775 (p. 73-74). By April 3, 1777, Hezekiah was a major in the 5th Charles McClellan in Massachusetts Regiment and was in charge of the Commissary Department at Ticonderoga. He and ―Centennia Gazette‖ says of one of his sons were also there in June 1777 when his life, ―he was a patriot of Burgoyne attacked and stayed until evacuation 7- the most reliable type, and in 10-1777. They were in the regiment of Col. David the stirring event of the Wells. Immediately after the evacuation of revolution, he obtained a Ticonderoga, Cpt. Agrippa Wells’ Company of deserved prominence both for Col. Porter’s regiment marched to reinforce the himself and certainly for three northern army. Hezekiah and 2 of his sons of his sons who were actively (Hezekiah, junior and Nathaniel) served in this engaged in the campaign company from 7-10-1777 to 8-12-1777. When the against Burgoyne‖. fort was reoccupied, he was stationed there again in charge of the stores from 1777-1779 (p. 70-74).
Hezekiah Smith’sSonsSergeant Oren Smith 1750-1823Smith , Orin, Colrain. Capt. Robert Olivers co., Col. Ephraim Doolittles (24th) regt.; receiptfor advance pay, signed by said Smith and others, dated Charlestown Camp, June 27, 1775 ;also, Private, same co. and regt; muster roll dated Aug. 1,1775; enlisted May 1, 1775 ;service, 3 mos. 8 days; also. Sergeant, same CO. and regt; company return datedCharlestown, Winter Hill, Oct. 6, 1775; also, order for money in lieu of bounty coat datedWinter Hill, Dec. 23, 1775. He would have been 24 years old in 1775.Hezekiah Smith Jr. 1753-1843Smith , Hezekiah. Private, Capt. Agrippa Wells’ co.. Col. Porters regt.; marched fromhome July 9, 1777; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 12, 1777; service, 38days, including travel (80 miles) home; company marched to reinforce Northern armyafter the evacuation of Ticonderoga. Roll sworn to at Deerfield. He would have been 25years old in 1777.Major Nathaniel Smith 1755-1835Smith , Nathaniel. Private, Capt. Agrippa Wells co.. Col. Porters regt.; marched fromhome July 9, 1777; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 12, 1777; service, 38days, including travel (80 miles) home ; company marched to reinforce Northern armyafter the evacuation of Ticonderoga. Roll sworn to at Deerfield. He would have been 23years old in 1777. Entries from the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War
Hezekiah Smith’sSonsMajor David Smith 1758-1816Smith , David. Capt. Robert Olivers co.. Col. Ephraim Doolittles (24th) regt.; order forbounty coat dated Camp at Winter Hill, Nov. 18, 1775. He would have been 18 yearsold in 1775.Rominer Smith 1759-1827Smith , " Rominer." Private, Capt. Lawrance Kemps co.. Col. Leonards regt.; enlistedFeb. 23, 1777; discharged April 10, 1777; service, 47 days, at Ticonderoga. He wouldhave been 18 years old in 1777. Entries from the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Major Hezekiah Smith and Nathaniel Smith Hezekiah Smith m. Eunice Morris > Nathaniel Smith Nathaniel Smith m. Mary Thompson> Jonathan McGee Smith Jonathan McGee Smith m. Ann Patterson > Joseph Emerson Smith Joseph Emerson Smith m. Margaret A. Borland> Arthur Clinton Smith Arthur Clinton Smith m. Mary Magdalene Malloy > Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
War of the RevolutionThe Patterson FamilyGeorge Patterson 1723-1789 George Patterson was born in Ireland in 1723. He is believed to have immigrated to the US with his parents when he was about 5 years old. He held many offices in Pelham Ma including deer reeve, school board member, surveyor, and constable. George was one of the "Committee of Correspondence" in 1773 and 1777. He served as Selectman of Pelham during the years 1763,66,69,70,75,77 and 1779. On March 29,1776 he was chosen to be on the Committee of Safety. In addition to serving in the French and Indian War, George Patterson served his country during the Revolutionary War. He was one of the Minute Men, in the company of Captain David Cowden which marched from Pelham on August 17, 1777. This is the regiment of Col. Ruggles Woodbridge at the Battle of Bennington. George was released on 8.20.1777
War of the RevolutionThe Patterson FamilyAdam Patterson 1753-1823 Adam Patterson was born Oct 27, 1754 to George Patterson and his wife Margaret Gilmore Patterson. The family lived in Pelham MA. His grandfather was Captain James Gilmore who served in the French and Indian War. Adam was mustered into a company under command of Captain David Cowden in Colonel Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridges regiment to the first of August, 1775. Adam served 4 enlistments in the Revolutionary War.
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of George Patterson and Adam Patterson George Patterson m. Margaret Gilmore > Adam Patterson Adam Patterson m. Jane Rankin > Ann Patterson Ann Patterson m. Jonathan McGee Smith > Joseph Emerson Smith Joseph Emerson Smith m. Margaret A. Borland> Arthur Clinton Smith Arthur Clinton Smith m. Mary Magdalene Malloy > Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
The Civil War The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ("the Confederacy"); the other 25 states supported the federalgovernment ("the Union"). After four years of warfare, mostlywithin the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation.
Daniel William Malloy 1837-1929 Daniel William Malloy was born Sept 27 1837 in Ireland. He arrived in the United States in about 1850Enlistment Papers for at the age of 13 and settled first in Daniel W. Malloy Ohio, then moved to Red Wing Minnesota. He enlisted in the 20th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry, Union Army on January 6, 1865. His enlistment papers listed him as 5’11’’ with blue eyes and brown hair.
Daniel William MalloyUpon his enlistment, Daniel was given aknapsack, a haversack, a canteen and $37.He was sent to Mobile Alabama where heserved in the Siege of Blakely, Alabama. Hewas then transferred to the 34 RegimentIowa Infantry by order of Major General G.Granger.At the close of the Civil War, during theIndian uprising in Minnesota, he servedunder General Sibley at New Ulm. Siege of Fort Blakely
The Battle of Fort Blakely The Battle of Fort Blakely took place from April 2-April 9, 1865 in Baldwin County, Alabama, as part of the Mobile Campaign of the American Civil War. Maj. Gen. Edward Canbys Union forces, the XVI and XIII Corps, moved along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, forcing the Confederates back into their defenses. Union forces then concentrated on Spanish Fort, Alabama and nearby Fort Blakely. By April 1, Union forces had enveloped Spanish Fort, thereby releasing more troops to focus on Fort Blakely. Confederate Brig. Gen. St. John R. Liddell, with about 4,000 men, held out against the much larger Union force until Spanish Fort fell on April 8 in the Battle of Spanish Fort. This allowed Canby to concentrate 16,000 men for the attack on April 9, led by Brig. Gen. John P. Hawkins. Sheer numbers breached the Confederate earthworks, compelling the Confederates, including Liddell, to surrender. The siege and capture of Fort Blakely was basically the last combined-force battle of the war. Yet, it is criticized by some (such as Ulysses S. Grant) as an ineffective contribution to Union war effort due to Canbys lateness in engaging his troops. African- American forces played a major role in the successful Union assault. The site of the battle is now a historical park, Historic Blakeley State Park. Battle of Fort Blakely from Wikipedia
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Daniel William Malloy Daniel William Malloy m. Harriet Jane Spates >Mary Magdalene Malloy Mary Magdalene Malloy m. Arthur Clinton Smith> Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
World War I World War I (WWI) was a major war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. It involved all the worlds great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around theTriple Entente of the United Kingdom, France and Russia) and the Central Powers (originally centered around the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy). Ultimately more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars inhistory. More than 9 million combatants were killed. It was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.
Cyril JosephSmith1869-1938Cyril Joseph was born Sept23, 1899 to Arthur ClintonSmith and Mary MagdaleneMalloy Smith in MontroseSD. He registered for thedraft in 1916 toward theend of WWI. Cyril’s Draft Registration Card Dated Sept 1916.
Cyril Joseph Smith WWI TrainingLetter from Arthur Clinton Smith Smith. To his sister Eva Smith WheelerOct 4, 1918 from training camp in WWI. At right, the transcription of the whole letter is displayed.
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Cyril Joseph Smith Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley
Korean War The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a warbetween Republic of Korea (supported by the United Nations)and Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (supported by the Peoples Republic of China, with military and material aid from the Soviet Union). The war was a result of the physical division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.The Korean peninsula was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. Following the surrender of Japan in 1945, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th Parallel, with United States troops occupying thesouthern part and Soviet troops occupying the northern part.
Bernard LeroySmith 1932-1950Bernard is the oldest child ofNoel Thomas Smith and thegrandson of Cyril JosephSmith. He enlisted as aPrivate First Class on June20, 1950 and died in actionDec. 3 1950. He served in the7th Regiment, Heavy Mortars,3rd Infant;ry. He died in amortar shell explosion inHamhung while serving inthe Korean War.
Bernard Leroy Smith is the Nephew of Jacob Gerald Smith’s Grandfather Gerald Smith Gerald Francis Smith’s brother is Noel Thomas Smith Noel Thomas Smith m. Hazel Noyes> Bernard Leroy Smith Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley Note: Bernard and Elizabeth are First Cousins. Jacob is Bernard’s First Cousin once removed.
World War II World War II, or the Second World was a global conflict that was underway by 1939 and ended in 1945. It involved most of the worlds nations—including all of the great powers—eventuallyforming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million military personnel mobilized. In a state of "total war", the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by significant events involving the mass death of civilians, includingthe Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it is the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in 50 million to over 70 million fatalities
Gordon CyrilSmith1923-1947Gordon Cyril Smith, son of Mr.and Mrs. Cyril J. Smith wasborn in 1923 in Sioux Falls, S. D.and attended Loyola HighSchool and Loyola University.He enlisted in the navy in 1943.
Obituary of Gordon Cyril Smith Ens. Gordon Cyril Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs.Cyril J. Smith of 3462 Broadway, HuntingtonPark, was identified yesterday as one of the twopilots who were killed Wednesday when their twotrainer planes collided at 3000 feet near Foley, Ala.The other flyer has been identified as Lt. WilliamKnapp, formerly of Washington, DC. The 24-year old pilot was born in Sioux Falls, S.D. and had attended Loyola High School andLoyola University. He enlisted in the navy in 193and received flight training in the naval air corpsal Alburquerque, NM, Athens GA andMemphis, TN. The day after he received his wings, Ens Smithmarried Betty Mae Zeuert of Chicago, IL at HolyName Cathedral there. Besides his widow, heleaves his 5 month old daughter, Donna Mary, hisparents and ghree brothers, Gerald, John andRichard, all of Huntington Park, adn two sistersJoan and Margaret of Huntington Park. Remains will be taken to Chicago IL forrequiem mass at Holy Name Cathedral Tuesday.Military burial will follow at Great Lakes IL.
Gerald FrancisSmith1925-1981Gerald Francis Smith wasborn Apr 29, 1925 as thesecond son of Cyril JosephSmith and Helen RaganSmith. His older brotherGordon had joined the NavalAir Force to fight in WWII.Gerald took the B12 officertraining test, but did not hearright away. Fearing he wouldbe drafted, Gerald enlisted inthe Navy prior to his 18thbirthday in April1943, without his parent’spermission.
Gerald Francis Smith He went through boot camp in San Diego and he was made a Corpsman as a result of a test that he took that he did well on. While he was in Corps School, he would look at the bulletin board every day to see if he was being called to ship out to the Pacific. All his buddies were and they were getting killed. After Corp School, he worked at the Naval Hospital in Corona, CA. Then he got notice that he was accepted into the B12 program. So he went to his commander to go and they said, ―Tough luck, you have to stay.‖ He called some friends to pull some strings and he was sent to Greencastle, IN to DePauw University to be a midshipman there. He was there about 2 years and they then sent him to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Ann Arbor they discovered that he had tuberculosis (TB), which was probably contracted when he worked at the Naval Hospital. They sent him to Great Lakes Training Center Hospital in Chicago, IL at first, then at his insistence, they sent him to Corona California as a patient and he was discharged from the Navy from there.
Gertrude NormaGuest Smith Gertrude Norma Guest Smith was born June 2, 1925 to Joseph W. Guest and Norma Guest Montgomery in Berea, Ohio. Norma graduated from St. Luke Hospital’s Nursing Program in 1946. The following year, Norma and 3 friends came west to work with wounded veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.
Jacob Gerald is a descendant of Gerald Joseph Smith and Gertrude Norma Guest Smith Gerald Francis Smith’s Brother Gordon Cyril is Jacob’s Great Uncle Cyril Joseph Smith m. Helen Louise Regan> Gerald Francis Smith and Gordon Cyril Gerald Francis Smith m. Gertrude Norma Guest> Elizabeth Megan Smith Elizabeth Megan Smith m. Bart A. Langley> Jacob Gerald Langley