BRIGADIER GENERAL A. T. SMITH, SERVED 45 YEARS
Retired Officer Was Veteran of Spanish-American War
WASHINGTON, November 28, 1939 – Brigadier General Alfred T. Smith, retired, died yesterday in Walter Reed Hospital at the age of 65. He will be buried tomorrow in Arlington Cemetery.
General Smith retired last May after forty-five years of service.
Born in Washington, he joined the Army after being graduated from high school. He was a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Spanish-American War and fought at El Caney and Santiago, winning the Silver Star citation for gallantry.
During the World War he was military attaché in Buenos Aires from January 1917 to May 1919. Later he was in command of the Fifty-Fourth Infantry at Camp Grant, Assistant Chief of Staff of the Operations and Training Division and in command of the Third Corp, National Guard.
From 1931 to 1935 he was Assistant Chief of Staff in the Military Intelligence Division, afterward commanding the Eighteenth Brigade in Boston and later in the Philippine Division. At his retirement he was in command of the Third Division at Fort Lewis.
General Smith was decorated by the King of Italy as Grand Officer, order of the Crown.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Anne Pike Smith, a sister, Mrs. Glenn H. Davis and a niece, Miss Justine Davis, all of Washington.
SMITH, ALFRED T
BRIG GEN US ARMY RETD
DATE OF DEATH: 11/27/1939
BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 8369
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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