Original U.S. WWI WWII Vietnam War Father and Son Lieutenant General DeWitt C. Smith Jr Collection

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. General Smith was a former Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army and twice served as Commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He served on active duty for 38 years, and has been widely credited for his role in developing the modern volunteer Army and for educating its senior officers at Carlisle.

This collection of uniforms belonged to the Smith family. The WWI uniform belonged to  General Smith's father, while General Smith he served in WWII and during the Vietnam War. Everything in the photos is included with this collection.

General Smith was deeply interested in civil rights and believed in a citizen military committed to full participation in a free democracy. He was among those retired General Officers who signed a national petition against the use of land mines in recent times and frequently raised concerns about the use of the Army in the present Iraqi conflict.

Born Aug. 31, 1920, in Baltimore, Md. to the late DeWitt C. Smith Sr. and Gladys Benson Smith, General Smith was raised in Bethesda, Md., and was preceded in death by his younger sister, Phyllis Crawford. While a youth, he was a Davis Cup junior champion and later played varsity tennis at Maryland, continuing tournament play during his army career and into his early fifties. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics.

General Smith first served as a private in the Canadian Army during World War II before joining the U.S. Army in 1942 also as a private. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and sent overseas with the famous Fourth Armored Division and served continuously in combat after Normandy until the end of the war. General Smith was wounded three times in action and was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for Valor, among other decorations. General Smith later served in the Korean War, came under fire in the Dominican Republic, and commanded a combat Brigade of the First Infantry Division in Vietnam during that conflict.

After retiring from the Army, General Smith served in a number of executive positions, including: director of the Pennsylvania. Emergency Management Agency, a member of the board of directors of HARSCO Corporation in Harrisburg. Pa., as senior consultant for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., and as the chairman of the board of trustees of the George Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va., where he remained a trustee emeritus until his death.

In 1977, General Smith was the United States Army's Kermit Roosevelt lecturer to England. He received an honorary doctor of law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Association of the United States Army, the Fourth Armored Division Association, and Phi Delta Theta. Genera1 Smith is the recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals, the highest military award for staff service: the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars, as mentioned; the Legion of Merit (four times); the Combat Infantryman's Badge; the Army Commendation Medal; the Korean Chung Mu with Gold Star; the Fourth Armored Division Presidential Unit Citation, and the French Fourragere, among other ribbons.

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