Larry Smith - Army

Larry Smith

Larry was born and raised in Huntington, IN 1935.  Five of his uncles had served in WWII. While in school his mother encouraged him to learn typing.  This skill would have a significant impact on his military service. He left high school to enlist in the Army at age 17.

After completing his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Larry signed up for Ranger training and as a result of a clerical error, ended up in Seattle WA.  He served three years, two as a company clerk because of his typing skills. After leaving the service he attended Fullerton Junior College to study electrical and mechanical engineering. Larry returned home to work for the railroad as a fireman and went on to become a rail systems supervisor.  At the age of 58 he earned a management degree from Huntington College. He spent time as a Red Cross volunteer for the Katrina Hurricane disaster and was instrumental in creating the system for soliciting helper volunteers.

He is one of three brother that flew on the May 23, 2018 Honor Flight. “It was one of the best days of my life and my brothers feel the same way.”  Larry wants other veterans to have the tremendous experience of an Honor Flight and is very excited to be part of “Dancing with the Heroes” to help reach the $100,000 goal this year.