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.
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.
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.
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
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