Smith, Vernon Charles, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1988-1989, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1947 - 1989
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Kiel Canal
Order of the Lakes
Order of the Rock
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Suez Canal
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Smith-Family to remember Smith, Vernon Charles (Vern/V.C.), RADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Bay City and raised near Midland, MI
Last Address
After his retirement Vern purchased 30 acres and lives with his wife Kathryn in a cabin, the Rear Admiral built, on the James River in Nelson County, Virginia.

Date of Passing
Aug 10, 2018
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic US Pacific Command NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order Of The Lakes Cold War Medal Order of the Emerald Shellback

Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
Virginia CommanderyNavy League of the United States
  1983, Naval Order of the United States, Virginia Commandery (Member) (Virginia)
  1985, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Officer Badge
Command at Sea
Command Ashore
Air Crew Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1947, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
  1956, Officer Candidate School (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)(ARM) Aviation Radioman SchoolUS NavyNAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
NCS ArgentiaNAAS Chincoteague, VANAF El CentroSeaman to Admiral (Faculty Staff)
Officer Candidate School (OCS) (Faculty Staff)	USS Rankin (AKA-103)Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Ault (DD-698)
USS Rockville (EPCER 851)George Washington University NROTC (Faculty Staff) NTCC OPNAV (Pentagon)USS Avenge (MSO-423)
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Washoe County (LST-1165)Defense Communications Agency (DCA), Washington DCUSS Harlan County (LST-1196)
Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)USA War CollegeCommander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)
  1947-1947, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1948-1949, AL-0000, (ARM) Aviation Radioman School
  1949-1950, AL-0000, VR-4
  1950-1952, AL-0000, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1952-1954, AL-0000, NCS Argentia
  1954-1954, AL-0000, NAAS Chincoteague, VA
  1955-1955, AL-0000, NAF El Centro
  1955-1956, AL-0000, NAVSTA - NAVBASE - NAVFAC- NAB -NOB - NOS
  1956-1956, AT-0000, Seaman to Admiral (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1956, AT-0000, Officer Candidate School (OCS) (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1958, USS Rankin (AKA-103)
  1958-1958, (EN) Diesel Engineering School
  1959-1960, USS Ault (DD-698)
  1960-1962, USS Rockville (EPCER 851)
  1962-1963, George Washington University NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1963, NTCC OPNAV (Pentagon)
  1963-1966, USS Avenge (MSO-423)
  1966-1968, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1968-1970, USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
  1970-1971, Defense Communications Agency (DCA), Washington DC
  1972-1974, USS Harlan County (LST-1196)
  1974-1974, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1974-1975, USA War College
  1975-1977, Commander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)
  1977-1979, Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)
  1979-1979, NRTC Great Falls
  1980-1981, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
  1981-1983, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1983-1986, Commander Naval Telecommunications Command (COMNAVTELCOM)
  1986-1988, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
  1988-1989, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
  1982-1982 Operation Northern Wedding 1982
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CALiberty University
  1962-1964, George Washington University
  1966-1968, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  2004-2006, Liberty University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 04, 2007, USS RANKIN NEWS, #8, December 2007
  Jul 12, 2012, General Photos6
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Vern Smith dropped out of high school and joined the Navy as a Seaman Recruit. He rose through the enlisted ranks to Petty Officer First Class, then Ensign to Rear Admiral during a career which progressed over a period of more than forty years.

In addition to degrees in Business Administration, Engineering and Military Sciences, he graduated from Liberty University Bible College at the age of 77 with a degree in theology. 
Other Comments:

During Rear Admiral Smith's career he received Three Bronze Stars, for Valor, Five Legion of Merit Awards and the National Order of the Cedar from the government of the Lebanon*.   

While commanding the USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST 1165), from August 1968 to February 1970, Commander Smith was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V. Additionally, he was awarded two Gold Stars in lieu of his second and third Bronze Star Medals. During this time the USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST 1165) had the distinction of being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for various operations off the Cau Mau Peninsula, Republic of Vietnam while operating as a unit of Landing Ship Squadron Nine and Task Force 115.

18 months in Vietnam in support of Market Time Operations and with Swift Boats in the Bode River and off the Cau Mau Peninsula with 4th Corp. 

In 1982, Smith was responsible for landing Marines in Lebanon. He received the National Order of the Cedar (*which is represented for placement, and approximate color/design purposes, with the
Commandeur of the Legion of Honour in his ribbon rack). 
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