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First Name: Clure

Last Name: Smith

Birthplace: Pampa, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: Pampa, TX
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 29 March 1918

Date of Death: 29 May 2002

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Clure E. Smith, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Clure E. Smith, Jr.

Colonel, U. S. Air Force

Silver Star

Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 291 (December 14, 1944)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major (Air Corps) Clure E. Smith, Jr. (ASN: 0-440140), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in the 366th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force.
Major Smith displayed outstanding leadership and tactical ability while leading his squadron on a dive-bombing mission on 24 June 1944. When a large force of enemy aircraft prepared to attack, Major Smith directed his men in the destruction of enemy artillery installations after which he quickly reassembled his flights and led an aggressive attack, dispersing the hostile fighters and personally accounting for one enemy aircraft destroyed. Major Smith's courage, forcefulness, and brilliant leadership are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316562   Created by: drjones46




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