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George William Smith
Name: George William Smith Rank: Captain Service Number: 0498050 / Officer Service: Medical Corps, US Army Air Forces Date of Birth: January 8, 1901 Merigomish, Pictou Co., NS Date of Enlistment: Unknown Height: 6 feet Complexion: Dark Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Hazel Occupation: Physician and surgeon Marital Status: Married Date of Death: March 22, 1943 Age: 42 Cemetery: Murray’s Point Cemetery, Pictou Co., NS George William Smith was the son of George William Smith (1848-1900) and Jesse (McLean) Smith (1865-1934). His mother was born on Big Merigomish Island, Pictou Co., NS; his father, also a medical doctor, was born in in Lower Barneys River, Pictou County. He had a brother James David (1892-1962), and two sisters Clara Margaret (1894-1994), and Laura Elizabeth (1896-1990). George married Florence Eleanor Meck (b. 1906), a teacher, on April 20, 1935, when he was living in Newton Falls, Ohio. His wife was born in Dayton, Ohio; the daughter of William H. Meck (1865–1925) and Florence Adrienne (Borghardt) Meck (1883–1960). He registered for the US Draft on February 14, 1942, in Niagara Falls, New York, where he was living at the time. Little details of his military service are known but after enlistment we know he reached the rank of Captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Army Air Force and served as physician surgeon. At some point he was assigned to Salt Lake City, Utah were he died on March 22, 1943, of pulmonary edema involving both lungs
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