John Smith

John Lucian Smith (1914 - 1972)

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Col John Lucian Smith
Born in Lexington, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1910s - 2000s)]
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Died in Encino, California, United Statesmap
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John Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor.


Col John Smith served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II
Service started: 1936
Unit(s): Marine Fighter Squadron 223
Service ended: 1960

An American Medal of Honor recipient[1] [2] and Marine Corps ace who, as Commanding Officer of VMF-223 shot down 19 Japanese planes in World War II and led his squadron to a destroy a total of 83 enemy aircraft during the Solomon Islands campaign.

Military Decorations

  • Naval Aviator Badge
  • Medal of Honor
  • Legion of Merit with Combat "V"
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Bronze Star with Combat "V"
  • Air Medal with three gold stars
  • Navy Presidential Unit Citation
  • Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze star
  • American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp
  • American Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Navy Occupation Service Medal with “Europe” clasp
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Korean Service Medal with one bronze star
  • Distinguished Service Order
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines)
  • Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
  • Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star
  • United Nations Korea Medal

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA[3]


  1. Medal of Honor Citation
  2. Official Site of Congressional Medal of Honor Society
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #7883632

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On 25 Apr 2018 at 14:47 GMT Owen Smith wrote:

Smith-148258 and Smith-134926 are not ready to be merged because: Would like to remove the nickname. While Wikipedia echoes the medal of honor site on this I have never found any evidence of it.

John is 24 degrees from Cari Starosta, 19 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.