Paul Eugene Smith, Brigadier General, US
General Smith grew up on the south side
of Chicago, Illinois. He volunteered for the US Army as an infantryman
He received his infantry basic training
at the infantry replacement training camp (IRTC) at Camp Wolters, Texas
in 1943. Upon successful completion he was assigned to the IRTC Basic
Infantry Training Cadre as a drill instructor. He later went on to
graduate from parachute school at Ft. Benning, Georgia “Home of the
Infantry” in 1944.
He served with the 101st Airborne
Division as a squad leader, platoon sergeant and first sergeant from
July 1944 through November 1945.
In December of 1945 he was assigned to
the 82nd Airborne Division as a first sergeant of headquarters company,
504th parachute infantry regiment at Camp Phillip Morris, France. The
division travelled to New York on the liner “Queen Mary” for the 82nd
Airborne Division’s parade down 5th Avenue on January 12th, 1946 and
thereafter returned to Fort Bragg, NC.
Then a Master Sergeant, he re-enlisted in
the regular army in January 1946 and served as first sergeant of “E” and
“F” company in the 504th before joining “A” company of the 508th
parachute infantry regiment in Germany in May of 1946.
He received a direct commission from
regular army parachute infantry first sergeant to second lieutenant of
the parachute infantry in November 1946.
During the period from November 1946 to
July 1949, he served in various assignments in Europe before attending
the Officer Basic Course (OBC).
Now an officer, Smith was attached to the
187th Airborne regimental combat team in Korea while a platoon leader
and company commander of the parachute aerial delivery company
furnishing combat aerial re-supply missions in Korea from August 1950
through May 1953. He was then assigned to the airborne department at Ft.
Lee, VA in September 1953 until May of 1957.
Smith served in Germany from June 1958 to
June 1961 with the 11th airborne division and the 24th infantry
division. He was then selected to attend the command and general staff
college in July 1961.
After general staff college, now Major
Smith, he served as a liaison officer with the AESW Board (parachute
test board) at Ft. Bragg, NC from June 1962 until being re-assigned as
the parachute/airborne special projects officer at the Army Material
Command in Washington, DC in 1963. He was then assigned to the Army
Concept Team in Vietnam, working with parachute, special forces and
aviation units in 1965 and 1966.
Between July 1966 and February 1969,
Smith served in command, staff and school assignments, including
attending the US Army War College and being in the US Joint Strike
Paul Eugene Smith was promoted to
Brigadier General in 1970 while acting commander of the 18th Airborne
Corps support command at Ft. Bragg, NC.
During the years 1970-1972, he commanded
a joint defense logistic agency in Philadelphia, PA. He transferred to
Ft. Lee, VA and served as deputy commander and commanding general until
being transferred to Washington, DC in 1973 to be Chairman of a
department inside the Army Study Group.
His final assignment was as Special
Assistant to the Deputy Army Chief of Staff for Logistics in Washington,
He then moved forward with his life by
retiring in July of 1974 after 32 years of continuous active duty with
the United States Army.
Additional Highlights and
General Smith has served in every
enlisted and commissioned rank from Private to Brigadier General!!
He has earned and was awarded over 30 US
and Foreign awards and decorations which include the Combat Infantry
Badge; The Netherlands Orange Lanyard; Army Distinguished Service Medal;
Army Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medals; Purple Heart; Air Medals; US
and Vietnam Master Parachute Wings.
Smith served on parachute jump status for
almost 16 years in enlisted and commissioned officer status including
WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
He graduated from the University of
Omaha, the US Army Command and General Staff College AND the US Army War
General Smith and his wife, Connie,
reside in Seminole, Florida.