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Reginald V. Smith

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Reginald V. Smith
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Reginald with his brother Graham
BornReginald Vinson Smith
September 15, 1925
Ahoskie, North Carolina, US
💀DiedFebruary 7, 1946(1946-02-07) (aged 20)
Tuskegee, Alabama, USFebruary 7, 1946(1946-02-07) (aged 20)
Resting placeBuckland Plantation Cemetery, Buckland, North Carolina, Gates County
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materHampton Institute (now Hampton University)
💼 Occupation
  • Military officer
  • fighter pilot
📆 Years active  1945 - 1946

Reginald Vinson Smith (September 15, 1925 - February 7, 1946 (aged 20)) was an U.S. Army Air Corps Flight Officer and pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group, best known as the Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tails," or “Schwartze Vogelmenschen” ("Black Birdmen") among enemy German pilots.[1][2]

He was the younger brother of Graham Smith, the first African American US Military combat fighter pilot to land on foreign soil in North Africa, at Oued N’ja in French Morocco.[3][4][5]

Early Life, Family[edit]

Smith was born on September 15, 1925, in the agricultural community of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Hertford County.[6] He was the son of Dempsey Porter Smith (1885–1976) and Zeora L. Smith (1902–1985).

His siblings included brother Roger Smith, half sister Annie Marietta Smith-Randolph, half-sister Raleigh Bledsoe Smith, half-brother Edward Nathaniel Smith, brother Roger Vann "Smitty" Smith, sister Mildred Evelyn Smith (1913–1935) and older brother Graham Smith ("Peepsight") (April 19, 1919 - April 30, 1951), an U.S. Army Air Corps officer and combat fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group's 99th Fighter Squadron.[7][8][9]

Smith attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).[10]

Smith was married to Rogers Mae Powell Smith-Evans. He was the father of Reginald Ann Smith White (August 19, 1946 - January 1993).[11][12]

Military Service[edit]

On August 4, 1945, Smith graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Field training program's twin-engine section class 45-E-SE, receiving his wings and commission as a Flight Officer.[13] His wife Rogers Mae and sister Annie Marietta Smith-Randolph attended his graduation.[14]

Death[edit]

On February 7, 1946, Smith was killed in a training accident in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was interred at Buckland Plantation Cemetery, Buckland, North Carolina, Gates County with full honor guard.[15]

Legacy[edit]

  • In 2007, the General Assembly of North Carolina passed a resolution honoring the legacy of Smith, his brother Reginald V. Smith, and other Tuskegee Airmen from North Carolina.[16]

See also[edit]


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Other articles of the topic Biography : Grady A. Dugas, M.D., Troyce Eual Guice, Gretchen Schuette, MC Primo, Douglas Harold Fox, Charles Kleinsmith, Mathias le Fèvre

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  • Executive Order 9981
  • List of Tuskegee Airmen
  • List of Tuskegee Airmen Cadet Pilot Graduation Classes
  • Military history of African Americans

References[edit]

  1. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  2. Digital Gems - Illinois Heartland Library System. "Graham "Peepsight" Smith." https://digitalgems.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p114401coll5/id/44/
  3. "Tuskegee Airman Chronology." Daniel L. Haulman, PhD, Chief, Organization History Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency)
  4. Roanoke-Chowan News Herald. "One heartbeat." Cal Bryant. November 13, 2012. https://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2012/11/13/one-heartbeat/
  5. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  6. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  7. Roanoke-Chowan News Herald. "One heartbeat." Cal Bryant. November 13, 2012. https://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2012/11/13/one-heartbeat/
  8. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  9. Geni. "Reginald Vinson Smith." https://www.geni.com/people/Reginald-Smith/6000000022571309735
  10. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  11. Geni. "Reginald Vinson Smith." https://www.geni.com/people/Reginald-Smith/6000000022571309735
  12. Geni. Reginald Ann White. https://www.geni.com/people/Reginald-White/6000000022571582412
  13. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  14. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  15. CAF Rise Above. "Captain Graham Smith and brother Flight Officer Reginald Vinson Smith." https://cafriseabove.org/captain-graham-smith-and-brother-flight-officer-reginald-vinson-smith/
  16. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2007, RATIFIED BILL. RESOLUTION 2007-62. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 2063. A JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AND EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR THEIR SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR. https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/PDF/H2063v3.pdf


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