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Edward Marvin Smith Jr


6 Air Medals/ 3 Battle Stars

8 encounters



  • Earl Beitler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Neil Gobrecht

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew B-24 in combat in WW 2. Flew B-29 during the Korean War. Flew U-10 in combat during the Vietnam War Retired as a Lt. Colonel. Was a science teacher for 12 years before retiring.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Hampton, Virginia 4 June 1924
Enlisted Richmond, VA, USA 9 March 1943
Died Gloucester Point, VA, USA 1 December 2009

Edward Marvin (Sody) Smith, Jr. 85, passed away on Dec. 1, 2009, after a short illness.

He was born and raised in the Fox Hill neighborhood in Hampton, Va, and moved to Gloucester Point after retirement.

Sody attended Hampton High School and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was very proud of his service to his country in the 8th Air Force and his country recognized his extraordinary and courageous service 58 years later by awarding him the Distinguished Flying Cross. The 8th Air Force was an important entity in his life and he enjoyed traveling to reunion events throughout the country.

Upon his return from military service at the end of the war, he became a devoted family man and was self employed as a successful general contractor. He claimed to have been the first person to drive through the Hampton Roads Tunnel tasked with hauling materials needed on the other side. Even more remarkable was that he had to drive a dump truck backwards, avoiding scaffolding and workmen the entire length.

Sody was a founding member of the Fox Hill Recreation Association and integral in the design and building of the Francis Asbury Softball Park. He loved Fox Hill Fastpitch Softball and traveled the country to National tournaments in support of his team. He was very involved in his community and was a member of the Fox Hill Volunteer Fire Department for 63 years, the Fox Hill Historical Society, American Legion Post 48 and Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church.

Sody was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Marvin and Nina Smith, siblings Marshall Smith, Frances Rubrecht and Geraldine Kastleberg. He was also preceded by the love of his life Mary Smith, his wife of 66 years.

Buried Hampton, VA, USA 4 December 2009

Parklawn Memorial Park
Hampton City
Virginia, USA


Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 01:14:17 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self