Name and rank: James R. Smith, gunners mate, petty officer third class

Branch of service: U.S. Navy

Current location: Tahlequah

Age: 72

Family: Parents, Jim and Earlene Smith; wife, Betty; sons, Matthew and Aaron; grandchildren, Gavin and Emma.

Active duty campaigns: USS England, South China Sea, 1967-1968; Patrol Boats River Division 573, 1969-1970, Mekong River and Canals.

Education and-or specialty military training: PBR training small arms.

If retired or honorably discharged, list when that occurred; current occupation; and any hobbies or organizations: Honorably Discharged, 1970; retired radiologic technologist.

Special memory: I was amazed at how calm the seas often were early in the mornings. This was a stark contrast to my combat experiences.

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