Friday, January 29, 2010

Jim “Horse” Smith

You'll want to join us at our monthly Detachment meeting on February 13, 2010 to hear Jim "Horse" Smith speak.  Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, St. George, UT.  Some of Jim's accomplishments:

  • Enlisted in USMC on Nov 1st, 1939.
  • Served with 5th Marines in Cuba --- became part of 1st MarDiv when it was formed.
  • Assigned to First Marine Raider Battalion at Quantico in March of 1942.
  • Fought in initial landing on Tulagi and Battle of The Ridge on Gualalcanal in August and September of 1942. Awarded two Silver Stars and Purple Heart.
  • Served 27 years in government work.
As part of his inherent inclination to “keep on truckin’,” in October Horse competed as the oldest shooter in the 2009 World Championships for Trap/Skeet in San Antonio and won five medals.