Tama County

Lt. Dayle Smith


Former Traer Boy Is Rescued from U. S. Destroyer

Traer, Ia.—Dayle Smith, former Traer boy, was one of the naval officers rescued from the U. S. Sturtevant when the destroyer was sunk off the Florida coast several days ago by an underwater explosion. Word of his safety has been received by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Smith, Traer, and his mother, Mrs. Al Peterson, Dysart. He is a graduate of the Traer high school and has been in the Navy many years.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, May 3, 1942

Smith, Dayle H.

Dorchester, MA

Serial No: 3208728

Born: March 23, 1914

Parents: Raymond V. Smith and Mrs. Beth Petersen

Entered Navy: Feb 20, 1933

Training in US: NTS, San Diego, CA

Left for Overseas: Norfolk, VA on Mar 15, 1942; arrived Oran, No. Africa on May 7, 1942. Assigned Atlantic Fleet, 7th Fleet, Pacific

Engagements: Invasion of Sicily, July 10, 1942; Battle of Hollandia Bay, May 1944; Landings at Leyte, Oct 1944; First Battle Philippines

Medals-Ribbons: Good Conduct, 15 years, American Theater, African-Middle Eastern, Asiatic-Pacific, Defense Ribbon "A", Philippine Liberation, Victory, China Occupation, China Service

Returned to US: Jan 6, 1946; San Francisco, CA Feb 4, 1946

Rating: Lt.

Months in Service: Overseas, 42

Present Occupation: US Navy

Source: Veteran data included here was generously provided by the American Legion Kubik-Finch Post #142, Traer, IA; data gathered by the Legion about 1949. (photo included)