Title: Giles J. Smith, Jr.

Description: Portrait of Giles J. Smith, Jr., a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Marines. Giles, also known as Jim, was born on March 9, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri. Giles, a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity while at the University of Missouri, received his commission as a fighter pilot on June 26, 1943. He married Verdella Rothband on June 29, 1943, and in October was sent to the southwest Pacific. He was killed in action on May 1, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Date: Circa 1943

Item Type: Photograph, b/w, 3 3/4 x 6 in.

Collection: Gold Star Mother's Legion Scrapbook (SC68)
See finding aid: http://www.kchistory.org/u?/Local,37095

Location: SC68, p. 19

Subject: World War II

Local Subject: Gold Star Mothers of Kansas City; Smith, Giles J., Jr.

Digital Format: JPEG

Barcode: 10020619

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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