Virginia Heroes

James Alexander Smith, III

Lieutenant, Navy

Hometown: Richmond City, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: November 6, 1944
Died In: Pacific
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart

Lieutenant Smith trained at Pensacola Naval Air Station Class with 4C in 1943.

He served as a pilot and division leader in a fighter squadron. He provided cover for torpedo bombers during a strike against Japanese cruisers and destroyers in Rabaul, New Britain.

His name is located on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

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