Group to Colonel Merwin H. Smith, QMC
Group to Colonel Merwin H. Smith, Quartermaster Corps: Legion of Merit, with one oak leaf cluster, wrap brooch, unnumbered, machine-engraved “Merwin/H/Smith”; Bronze Star, slot brooch, unnamed; Air Medal, slot brooch, machine-engraved in large arcs “Mervin/H/Smith” (note the spelling error in his first name); Army Commendation Medal, crimp-over-slot brooch, hand-engraved in script “Merwin H. Smith”; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal.
Colonel Merwin Howard Smith, Quartermaster Corps, was born in February 1909 and died in January 1982. His grave marker in Arlington National Cemetery notes service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and confirms the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Air Medal. Prior to World War II, then-Lieutenant Smith commanded a Civilian Conservation Corps company developing Bryce Canyon National Park, in Utah. During the Korean War, Colonel Smith dealt with petroleum supplies and later wrote an historical study of petroleum supply operations in Korea. The Army Register shows that Colonel Smith retired in March 1964 and verifies all of these decorations.