Smith, Michael J., CAPT

 Service Photo   Service Details
6 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1980-1986, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1967 - 1986

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

11 kb

Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by PO1 Jeff Frey (Ace) to remember Smith, Michael J., CAPT.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Date of Passing
Jan 28, 1986
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Smith was assigned as Pilot on STS-51-L. Captain Smith died on 28 Jan 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.



Other Comments:

  • Promoted posthumously by Congress to the rank of Captain.

  • Space Shuttle Mission STSS 51-L was NASA's "Teacher in Space" mission. Concord High School Teacher, Christa McAuliffe was also aboard.

  • Flew 28 different types of civilian and military aircraft, logging 4,867.7 hours of flying time.

  • Chair named in his honor at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School.

  • Namesake for the Michael J. Smith Airport in Beaufort, North Carolina.

 Photo Album   (More...

  1967-1968, CNO - OPNAV


From Month/Year
- / 1967

To Month/Year
- / 1968

CNO - OPNAV Unit Page


Not Specified

Not Specified

Not Specified
 CNO - OPNAV Details


Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Major Commands


Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2021
My Photos For This Unit
No Available Photos
528 Members Also There at Same Time

Hagge, Amber, (1967-1986) HN HN-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Hill, David, ENS, (1938-1941) [Other Service Rank]
Pitman, Steven, (1966-1970) AME 8323 [Other Service Rank]
McDonald, David Lamar, ADM, (1928-1967) OFF 131X Admiral
Moorer, Thomas, ADM, (1933-1974) Admiral
Blouin, Francis, VADM, (1933-1971) Vice Admiral
Clarey, Bernard Ambrose, ADM, (1934-1973) Vice Admiral
Connolly, Thomas, VADM Vice Admiral
Holmes, Ephraim, ADM, (1930-1970) Vice Admiral
HYLAND, John, ADM, (1934-1971) Vice Admiral
Ramage, Lawson Paterson, VADM, (1931-1969) Vice Admiral
Aurand, Evan Peter, VADM, (1938-1972) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
Benson, Roy, RADM, (1929-1969) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Daspit, Lawrence Randall, RADM, (1927-1967) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Gayler, Noel Arthur Meredyth, ADM, (1935-1976) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
MAURER, John, RADM, (1935-1974) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Paine, Jr., Roger Warde, RADM, (1939-1972) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Ward, Norvell Gardiner, RADM, (1935-1973) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Zumwalt, Elmo, ADM, (1942-1974) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Axene, Dean, RADM, (1944-1974) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Davies, Thomas Daniel, RADM, (1937-1973) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Engen, Donald, VADM, (1942-1978) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Tyree, Jr., John Augustine, VADM, (1933-1971) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Abbot, James L., RADM, (1935-1974) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Lower Half
Bergner, Allen Alfred, RADM, (1940-1972) Captain
Cauble, Lawrence, CAPT, (1942-1968) OFF 131X Captain
CLARK, Asa, CAPT, (1937-1967) Captain
Crowe, William James, ADM, (1946-1989) OFF 112X Captain
Cummings, Charles W, RADM, (1943-1974) Captain
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 111X Captain
Fowler, Earl, VADM, (1943-1985) Captain
Gadow, John, CAPT, (1954-1990) OFF 163X Captain
Hannah, jr., Elmore, CAPT Captain
Hays, Ronald, ADM, (1950-1988) Captain
King, Jerome H. Jr., VADM, (1941-1974) Captain
Lacouture, John Edwin, CAPT, (1936-1970) OFF 131X Captain
McKenzie, Robert Palmer, RADM, (1941-1982) OFF 131X Captain
McNees, Richard Brown, CAPT, (1940-1972) OFF 9421 Captain
Smith, Joseph, CAPT OFF 131X Captain
Snyder, Edwin Knowlson, VADM, (1943-1977) Captain
Swanson, Eugene Samuel, CAPT, (1945-1976) OFF 410X Captain
Colbus, Louis, CAPT, (1949-1983) OFF 111X Commander
Eckhouse, Morton, CDR, (1950-1977) Commander
Eckhouse, Morton, CDR, (1950-1977) Commander
Johnson, Billie, CAPT, (1954-1980) Commander
Leahy, John Patrick, CAPT, (1947-1979) OFF 112X Commander
Raper, Albert, CDR, (1954-1974) OFF 112X Commander
Ryder, John, CAPT, (1948-1973) OFF 161X Commander
Shepherd, Burton Hale, RADM, (1945-1978) OFF 131X Commander
Stafford, Ken, CAPT, (1953-1980) OFF 131X Commander
Tsantes, George, CAPT, (1955-1983) OFF 111X Commander
WHITE, Charles, CDR, (1949-1973) OFF 131X Commander
Batzler, John, RADM, (1955-1987) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Black, Henry Clay, LCDR, (1954-1979) OFF 00X Lieutenant Commander
Caldwell, Charles, CDR, (1953-1973) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Cassani, Henry, CAPT, (1948-1976) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Colley, Michael C., VADM, (1960-1993) Lieutenant Commander
Gleim, James M., RADM, (1954-1987) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Holt, Fred, CDR, (1957-1977) Lieutenant Commander
Lasswell, Jim, CDR, (1959-1983) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander

Copyright Inc 2003-2011