J. SMITH was a familiar sight to all who worked at the New York
Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards on Broadway at Morgan Street, as for
many years he carried the shipyard's internal mail and walked the length
of the facility twice daily.
J. Smith was born in the state of Pennsylvania in 1906, according to his
enlistment records. He had a grammar school education and was
living in Camden when inducted into the Army on June 10, 1942.
He had been married, but was separated with dependents at the
time of his induction, and eventually was divorced.
J. Smith served with the United States Army in India during
World War II. He married Elizabeth Paul Barnaby after coming
back from the war. The
1947 City Directory shows William J. and Elizabeth S. Smith
living at 718 Woodland Avenue in the Morgan Village section of
Camden, the long-time home of her parents, Isaac and Elizabeth
Paul. He was then working as a salesman, but soon afterwards
secured his position at the shipyard. The Smiths lived for a
time on Constitution Road in the Fairview section before moving
to 551 Woodland Avenue in the small neighborhood known as
"The Terraces", just across Broadway from the shipyard
where he worked.
and Elizabeth Smith were not blessed with children between them,
but had children from previous marriages. Elizabeth's youngest
daughter, Ruth, served with United States Army during World War
II and married James
J. Cusick after the war. He served for many years as a
member of the Camden Fire Department. Grandson James Cusick Jr.
also was a Camden firefighter for a time.
Attached are some photos of my grandfather. Like my dad, he was also stationed in India, but I don't know what he did there. After the war he worked at the New York Shipyard. He
and my grandmother originally lived in Fairview, on Constitution Road, but in the late
1960s they moved over to Woodland Avenue in "The Terraces" (across Broadway from the Shipyard).
He was a mailman for the
New York Shipbuilding Corporation. He delivered the mail to all of the buildings as well as the ships. He once told me he walked the entire length of the shipyard, twice daily! Once in the morning, and then again after
lunch, and he knew everybody who worked there, too.
My grandmother's name was Elizabeth, and now that you mention it, I seem to remember them saying that they once before had lived on Woodland Avenue,
before moving back in the 1960's. He was a very personable guy and everybody liked him. He was
definitely a mailman though, that I do remember.
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