SMITH, Harry Eugene, MM2c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-9348-Machinists Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1945, MM-9348, USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Iwo Jima
Order of the Golden Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
MM-Machinists Mate
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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1923
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember SMITH, Harry Eugene (Smitty), PO2.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Pueblo Colorado
Last Address
Interment of his ashes will follow in the Roselawn Cemetery, with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Date of Passing
Nov 22, 2013
 
Location of Interment
Roselawn Cemetery - Pueblo, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association
  1945, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association

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 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CANTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLSchool Assignments - StaffUS Navy
  1940-1940, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1940-1940, MM-0000, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1940-1940, MM-0000, Machinists Mate Class "A" School, Great Lakes
  1940-1945, MM-9348, USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor14
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 01, 2014, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

MM 2/c, Harry Eugene “Smitty” Smith, USN


At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned duty on the USS Ralph Talbot DD-390, where he obtained the rank of machinist mate second class (MM2). The destroyer was assigned to the Pacific Theater and engaged in several major battles in WWII in the South Pacific, including Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the Battle of Midway on June 3, 1942. He was awarded seven battle stars on his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. He was also awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He returned to civilian life in 1945 and joined the City of Pueblo Fire Department, where he retired as captain after 32 years of service.

Due to his early enlistment to serve his country in 1940, School District 60 presented the Pueblo City Fire Captain with an honorary diploma from Central High School in 2003.

 

Smitty was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the USS Ralph Talbot DD-390 Association. 

Fair winds and following seas to a Pearl Harbor survivor, he got to see his ship one last time. People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because brave men stand ready to defend freedom on their behalf.
   
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USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390)

Battle Stars during WWII

1. Pearl Harbor-Midway
2. Pacific Raids - 1942
3. Midway - 3/6 June 1942
4. Guadalcanal-Tulagi Landing including First Savo Island
5. East New Guinea Operations
6. Consolidation of Solomon Islands
7. New Georgia Operations
8. Bismarck Archipelago Operations
9. Marianas Operation
10. West Caroline Operation
11. Leyte Operation
12. Luzon Operation
13. Iwo Jima Operation
14. Okinawa Operation


On 1 September 1945, the USS Ralph Talbot escorted the USS Portland, sister ship of the USS Indianapolis and the lead of its class, from Guam to Truk and on the 2nd stood by as the Japanese formally surrendered that island fortress during ceremonies aboard the cruiser. Returning to Guam on the 3rd, the destroyer sailed for Saipan, Okinawa, and Japan on the 5th and, into October, operated off southern Japan and Okinawa, getting underway for the United States on 29 October.

   
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