Smith, Addison Franklin, CQM

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Last Rank
Chief Quartermaster
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, QM-0000, USS Kidd (DD-661)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cambridge, OH
Last Address
2215 Andreo Ave
Torrence, CA

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

USS Kidd (DD-661) sailed 19 February 1945, to join Task Force 58 (TF 58) for the invasion of Okinawa. Trained and battle wise, Kidd played a key role during the first days of the Okinawa campaign, screening battleships, bombarding shore targets, rescuing downed pilots, sinking floating mines, providing early warning of raids, guarding heavily damaged Franklin (CV-13), and helping to shoot down kamikazes.

While on picket station
11 April 1945, Kidd and her division mates, USS Black, USS Bullard, and USS Chauncey, with the help of Combat Air Patrol, repelled three air raids. That afternoon, a single enemy plane crashed into Kidd, killing 38 men and wounding 55. As the destroyer headed south to rejoin the task group, her fire drove off further enemy planes that were trying to finish her off. Stopping at Ulithi for temporary repairs, she got underway 2 May for the West Coast, arriving Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard 25 May.

CQM Smith was killed in action at 1410 (
) during Jap plane crash and bomb explosion aboard ship in waters approximately 90 Miles from Okinawa Shima. He was buried at sea at 1030 on 12 April.

Service number: 3821951
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Kidd (DD-661)
  1940-1940, AS-0000, USS Kanawha (AO-1)
  1940-1941, QM-0000, USS Argonne (AG-31)
  1941-1941, QM-0000, USS Tern (AM-31)
  1941-1941, QM-0000, USS Argonne (AG-31)
  1941-1942, QM-0000, USS Neosho (AO-23)
  1942-1942, QM-0000, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1942-1943, QM-0000, USS Neosho (AO-48)
  1943-1943, QM-0000, USS Bradford (DD-545)
  1943-1945, QM-0000, USS Kidd (DD-661)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to QM2
  Apr 14, 1943, Promoted to QM1
  Oct 01, 1944, Promoted to CQM
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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