Cadet Dale N. Smith

November 3, 1916–September 15, 1941

Service #: 17030442
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years college
Occupation: Accountants and Auditors
Marital Status: Single, no dependents
Enlistment Date: April 26, 1941
Enlistment Place: Omaha, Nebraska
Service/Unit: USAAC
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, Iowa

Services Today For
Cadet Dale Smith

Funeral services for Aviation Cadet Dale N. Smith, who was killed Monday in an airplane crash near White Field, an auxiliary to Curtis Field, at Brady, Tex., will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p. m. at the Yocom chapel in Marion in charge of the Rev. Arthur W. Henke, pastor of the Marion Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. Edward A. Gough. of Mount Vernon. Members of Marion post No. 298, American Legion, will be in charge of the military services at the grave in Riverside cemetery.

Born In Anamosa

Aviation Cadet Smith was born Nov. 3, 1916, at Anamosa. He moved to Marion with his parents at the age of 11/2 years and lived there until February, 1939, when he accepted a position with the Federal Land Bank at Omaha, where he was employed until he enlisted, April 30, 1941, as an aviation cadet. He graduated from the Marion high school and Coe college. In college he was a Phi Kappa Phi, honorary scholastic fraternity, and a member of the football and track squads.


He was a member of the Methodist church. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. W. 0. Blake of Anamosa, his father, Edward L. Smith of Marion, a brother, Raymond L. Smith of Des Moines, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey Henriksen of Anamosa and his parental grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Fuller of Marion. The body arrived in Marion Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by Aviation Cadet Alva E. Nixon.

Ends 3 Year Romance

Cadet Smith's death ended a three-year romance and an engagement of almost a year's standing. His betrothed was Cleo Thompson, 22 of Omaha, 1940 Nebraska state women's bowling champion. He met Miss Thompson in Omaha, and they became engaged in December, 1940. They corresponded daily after Smith joined the air corps. In Miss Thompson's mail Tuesday was a letter from him, but she was not home to receive it. She left Monday night for Anamosa, home of Smith's mother.

Source: Anamosa Eureka,Anamosa. Iowa, September 18, 1941