General Wilbur Anderson Smith


WILBUR ANDERSON SMITH was born in Camden NJ in 18903 to William Briggs Smith and his wife Gertrude Anderson Smith. He was descended from Colonel John Anderson, a prominent citizen in colonial New Jersey.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, which he attended on a ROTC scholarship, Wilbur Smith was commissioned in the Army in 1924 as a Second Lieutenant. He returned to college, attending medical school, and in 1930 was awarded his doctorate. He was a qualified flight surgeon, and served both in the Pacific theater and at Randolph Field in Texas, where he was an instructor. When the Air Force was established as a separate branch of service after World War II, he continued his career there, retiring from active duty on June 1, 1963.

General Wilbur Anderson Smith passed away on December 10, 1981. 

Official Air Force Biography - 1962

Wilbur Anderson Smith was born in Camden, N.J., in 1903, the son of the late William Briggs Smith and the late Ada Gertrude Anderson Smith. He has spent the major part of his life as a resident of New Jersey. Through his mother, he is a direct descendant of Colonel John Anderson whose disabled and leaking ship put into Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1699 because it was unable to carry a military expedition back to Scotland. Colonel Anderson became a member of the Provincial Council (New Jersey), later its president and at the time of his death was acting governor of the colony (New Jersey).

This prominent family during the Colonial period always bent its effort toward gaining freedom and then maintaining the new government. General Smith's ancestors fought in the revolution and every major conflict participated in by the United States.

General Smith has been an instructor of medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He was on the visiting and teaching staff of the Pennsylvania Hospital during 1931 - 1937 and the visiting staff of the Methodist Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia during 1931 - 1942.

He is a rated flight surgeon and was an aviation observer (medical) when it was current. General Smith is at present a special invitation lecturer, aviation medicine, Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

General Smith's father was a merchant and owned a business in Philadelphia, Pa.


1926 ROTC graduate (second lieutenant) with a bachelor of arts, 
                   University of Pennsylvania
1930 Medical degree, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
1931 Residency, Methodist Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
1943 School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Field, Texas


Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Medal
Navy Unit Citation
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with battle stars for: Northern Solomans, New Guinea, Western Pacific, Leyte, Southern Philippines, Luzon, Bismarck Archipelago
American Theater Campaign Medal
Victory Medal - World War II
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Reserve Medal with hourglass
Phillippine Presidential Unit Citation Liberation Medal
Republic of the Philippine with star
Air Force Longevity Ribbon