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Maynard Harrison Smith, Sr.

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
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y rest,
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    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  May 19, 1911 at Caro, MI

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Caro, MI

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on May 01, 1943 at Brest, France

DIED:  May 11, 1984 at the age of 72

Sergeant Smith was a B-17 gunner on a mission to Brest, France on May 1, 1943 when his aircraft was badly damaged by antiaircraft fire and fighter planes. It was Sergeant Smith's first combat mission. Two crew members were seriously wounded and three others bailed out. Sergeant Smith remained in the aircraft, fighting the intense flames alone and administering first aid to the wounded. He also manned the waist guns. When ammunition began to explode, damaging the radio, gun mount and camera and gutting the radio compartment, Sergeant Smith threw the exploding ammunition out of the aircraft. He continued to alternate between fighting the fire and manning the aircraft's workable guns until the enemy fighters withdrew. After administering further first aid, Sergeant Smith wrapped himself in protecting cloth and extinguished the onboard fire by hand.

 

 

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