Biography of

Zed Sherrad Smith III


Born 21 May 1920
Died 30 Nov 1960
Married Donna Rae Jones


Children Born


Obituary : Lieutenant Colonel Zed S Smith III died at his home in Granada Hills, California, on Wednesday November 30, 1960.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. he was a member of the Personnel Department of Lockheed Corporation.

Smith retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force in May 1964 when he suffered a heart attack while stationed at Harlingen Air Force Base, Harlingen, Texas as Base Operations Officer.  he enlisted in the Army Air Corps July 11, 1944 and was sent to Oxnard Air Force Base in Oxnard, California.  He passed his Air Corps examination during his senior year at Virginia Poly technical Institute.

he was graduated from the Pilot Training School at March Field in Sacramento California received training at the B-24 Bomber Group School at Tucson, AR was with the first Bomber group that flew to Bush Airport Base near Sarwin, Australia the group which was under the command of General George C. Kennedy, and later he served with a B-29 Group that bombed Tokyo.

General Kenney presented Smith with the Air Medal Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross.  His squadron was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation in 1943.  he was the only survivor to receive the citation.

In 1955 he was given a total disability discharge from the Air Force because of his heart condition.

He is survived by with wife Donna and a sister, Mrs. Peggy Smith of Charleston.  Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon in the Marlinton Presbyterian Church by the Rev. W.E. Pierce with burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.