Smith, Roderic Lee, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1962, 410X, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
Service Years
1942 - 1962
Chaplain Christian

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Contact Info
Home Town
Lincoln, NB
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 09, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 E 213 A-1

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20 Amphibious Forces Patch

 Unofficial Badges 

Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Captain Smith's mother died when he was only seven months old. He was raided by his father and his extended family. The time was split between living with his father, who was a Presbyterian minister, and living with his mother's relatives.

Once he graduated high school, he got a job on a survey crew for the Sante Fe Railroad. He thought he would stay with job instead of going to college. A few years later, he did attend college and majored in education. Serving in the ministry was not even on his mind. While in college, he joined the YMCA and he and his friends began talking about doing missionary work. One thing led to another and he finally decided to attend seminary and become a Presbyterian minister like his father.

His career in the Navy is outlined in this profile. After he retired, he returned the Presbyterian church and served in one capacity or another until he was in his early 80s.
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The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)NAS Glenview ILUSS Cabot (CVL-28)Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)9th Naval DistrictUSS Midway (CVB-41)USS Midway (CVA-41)
Marine Corps Base Camp LejeuneUS Coast Guard Academy (Staff), US Coast Guard (USCG)Military Sealift Fleet Support Command  (MSC/MSFSC), Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)
  1942-1942, 410X, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)
  1942-1943, 410X, NAS Glenview IL
  1943-1945, 410X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1945-1948, 410X, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1948-1950, 410X, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1950-1952, 410X, 9th Naval District
  1952-1952, 410X, USS Midway (CVB-41)
  1952-1954, 410X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1954-1956, 410X, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
  1956-1959, 410X, US Coast Guard Academy (Staff), US Coast Guard (USCG)
  1959-1962, 410X, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/China-Burma-India Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Treasury-Bougainville operation (1943)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/China-Burma-India Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
 Colleges Attended 
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  1920-1923, Monmouth College, Monmouth Illinois
  1924-1926, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  1939-1941, Monmouth College, Monmouth Illinois
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 07, 1926, Ordained as a Presbyterian minister
  Jun 30, 1926, Married Carol Davidson
  Mar 27, 1942, Commissioned in the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant
  Feb 14, 1943, Navy Chaplain to Speak to Young People's Rally1
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Mar 29, 1945, Promoted to Commander
  Dec 05, 1951, Navy Chaplain Appeals for Volunteers1
  May 04, 1956, Academy Chaplain1
  Jul 01, 1956, Promoted to Captain
  Mar 13, 1959, Academy Choir Concert1
  Sep 09, 2017, Civilian pastorates
  Sep 09, 2017, War and service memorials
  Sep 10, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United States Navy Memorial
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