World War II Honor Roll

Emlen H. Smith

Major, U.S. Army Air Force



Entered Service From: New Jersey
Died: September 7, 1945
Buried at:  Florence Township NJ

MAJOR EMLEN HANCOCK SMITH was born to Charles W. and Clara Smith in on September 2,1905 in Newark NJ. He attended the Mount Hermon School for Boys in Northfield MA, and his parents then sent him to the Carson Long Military Institute, at 200 North Carlisle Street in New Bloomfield, PA. He graduated from Carson Long in 1925. Emlen Smith entered Rutgers University in September of 1925, and graduated after attending classes there for three years, in 1929. While at Rutgers was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and played on the varsity football team. In his sophomore year, he was awarded the Best Soldier Medal for ROTC. From 1926 through 1931 Emlen Smith worked as a swimming and lifesaving instructor for the Camden County Red Cross while not attending classes.

In 1930 his parents owned a home on Kings Highway in what was then Delaware Township, not far from the present day Ellisburg Shopping Center, at the intersection of Kings Highway and Marlton Pike (Route 70). At the time of the census his father, then 60, was a salesman for a furrier. 

After Rutgers he went on to the University of Alabama Law School and graduated in 1931.  He later moved to an address at 665 Kings Highway East. He took a position as the traffic manager for American airlines in Philadelphia, and later became the traffic manager for the New York office. He was working in that capacity for American Airlines when he took a leave of absence to enlist in the Army on June 19, 1942,  with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Emlen Smith was sent to Africa two weeks being commissioned as a First Lieutenant on August 10, 1942. He was promoted to Captain only 40 days later. He served as both assistant chief of staff of the India-Africa wing of Air Transport Command and as priorities officer. Though he was based in Accra, he visited airports in Africa, India and Burma. He was transferred to Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo, Basra in the Persian Gulf, Teheran, Iran, Karachi, Pakistan and Agra in 1943. He was called back briefly to Washington is September of 1943 before returning to Africa. During the North Africa and Sicily campaigns, he helped General Carl Spaatz establish Air Transport Command services in those theaters. He was back in Africa when on January 19, 1944 he was promoted to Major. In June 1944, he was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital and was later transferred to Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix NJ, where he died as a result of illness on September 7, 1945.

Major Smith was survived by his parents, of the 665 Kings Highway



Carson Long Institute Class of 1925

Robert   Andrews
Joseph   Block
Lawrence   Brown
Charles   Daniels
Thomas   DiGirolamo
Joan A. Germond
Alfred   Golden
Willard   Himes
Thomas   Holton
Robert   Kay
Lawrence   Kennedy
Anton   Schweickard
Lloyd   Scott
Emlen H. Smith
Jack   Trainer

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