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Willard John Smith

Date of birth: May 14, 1910
Date of death: April 1, 2000
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Michigan, Suttons Bay
Home of record: Charlevoix Michigan

Willard Smith graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1933. From 1966 to 1970 he served as the 13th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Admiral in 1970.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Willard John Smith, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States in assisting in the formation of the newly created Department of Transportation. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Smith and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: 1965 - 1966

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Willard John Smith, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States, as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1 July 1962 to July 1964. He made major changes updating the Academy curriculum to keep in step with modern advances in technology and management. Also, he proposed and developed an electives program which provides incentives and opportunities for cadets to broaden their education, improving their capabilities as future Coast Guard officers, and vigorously supervised a building program of improving the laboratory.

Action Date: July 1, 1962 - July 1964

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Rear Admiral