Smith, Robert H.

Last Name:   
Smith
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First Name: 
Robert H.
Nickname:  
Snuffy
Born/Died  
September 20, 1918/October 1, 1998
Hometown:
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Squadron:
First Pursuit Squadron, Adam & Eve
Position: 
Wingman/Flight Leader
Victories
5.25 AVG, 1 AAF
Decorations:
White Cloud Banner, Five Star Medal, DFC (3), 5 Air Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Citation, Philippine Liberation Medal, 4 Battle Stars
Pre AVG: Attended Kansas State College, was a member of ROTC.  Enlisted in Army Air Corps and received wings and commission at Kelly Field December 20, 1940.  
AVG Service: Wingman, then Flight Leader with First Pursuit Squadron. 

Post AVG, WWII:
Rejoined the Air Force as a Captain, returned to combat in 1944.  As Major, was Commanding Oficer of the 12th Fighter Squadron (Dirty Dozen) 18th Fighter Group 13th Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines.  Flew 83 missions. Returned to the states in May 1945.  Received Honorable Discharge after VJ-Day.

Post War Career:
With wife Betty, owned and operated Ed Gabe's Lost Lake Resort near Eagle River, Wisconsin.   Retired from resort operation and moved to Florida, where he was involved in Real Estate Sales in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

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