Daniel Fletcher 'Dog' Smith, Jr.

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Navy

HOMETOWN
Falfurrias, TX

HONORED BY
Danny Jones

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

SERVED AS A COMMANDER AND AS PILOT OF A CARRIER-BASED NAVY FIGHTER PLANE AND COMMANDING OFFICER OF FIGHTING SQUADRON TWENTY (VF-20), ATTACHED TO THE U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), DURING THE BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS ON 24 AND 25 OCTOBER 1944. AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS AND THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL AND THE SILVER STAR FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION AND THE LEGION OF MERIT WITH COMBAT VALOR GOLD STAR AND THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS WITH THREE GOLD STARS. RETIRED AS A REAR ADMIRAL.