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Pvt. Everett "Smitty" Smith, Camp MacKall, NC

Pvt. Everett “Smitty” Smith, Camp MacKall, NC

RE-POSTED IN HONOR OF SMITTY’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

 

Everett Smith was born Dec. 12, 1914 and grew up across from the gentle waves of Jamaica Bay on an island one mile long and barely four blocks wide.  This was the tight-knit community of Broad Channel, New York.  He resided with his mother

young Everett and Mother, Anna

Anna on peaceful East 9th Road and spent his days between school, working and helping to care for his grandmother.  Everett’s nickname had always been “Smitty” and so, the name of his fishing station came to be.  In 1939, at 24 years of age, he married a woman named Catherine and she joined the Smith household.

boats on Jamaica Bay from Smitty's Boat Station

boats on Jamaica Bay from Smitty’s Boat Station

News of Hitler and his rise to power filtered into the newspapers and radio, but the Smith’s still had the memories of WWI and their financial struggles in what would be become known as the Great Depression.  The majority of the U.S. population held the ideal of isolationism in high regard and the Smith household agreed wholeheartedly.  Everett was baffled by FDR’s election as his past political and personal records indicated both amoral and often criminal behavior.  The president began to stretch his powers to the limit to assist his friend, Winston Churchill, but U.S. citizens were straining to survive.

On Oct. 30, 1940, Roosevelt spouted in Boston, “I give you one more assurance.  I have said it before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent to any foreign wars.”  My father did not believe FDR then and as we look back — he was right.

Grassy Point, Broad Channel - where Smitty would often tend bar

Grassy Point, Broad Channel – where Smitty would often tend bar

Everett received his draft notice in Sept. 1942.  He would be sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey where he volunteered for the paratroopers.  He would immediately then be sent to Camp MacKall, North Carolina for the start of his vigorous training.  Smitty became part of one of the most unique army units of its day, the 11th Airborne Division, Headquarters Company, 187th regiment.

You're in the Army now!

You’re in the Army now!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Paul Cross – Virginia Bch, VA; USAAC, WWII, 152nd Artillery, 11th A/B

Gerald Dickey – Richfield, MN; USAAC, WWII Company A, 187th/11th A/Bpatch

Raymond Durr – Abbeville, LA; USAAC, WWII, Company E/187th/11th A/B

John Kozeletz – Coral Springs, FL; USAAC, WWII, Company B/187th/11th A/B

Howard Schleimer – Cleveland, OH; USAAC, WWII, 457th Artillery/11th A/B

Everett Smith – Broad Channel, NY/Hallandale, FL; USAAC, WWII, HQ Co/187th/11th A/B

Kenneth Staples – Stroudesburg, PA; USAAC, WWII, Company F/187th/11th A/B

Robert Teske – Fort Myers, FL; USAAC, WWII, 187th/11th A/B

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One of our fellow bloggers, Prior – that can be viewed HERE!! – was kind enough to put this together for Smitty____

Please click on to enlarge.

Please click on to enlarge.

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