Eugene John Smith

1921–16 April 2004 (Age 83)
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Eugene John

Eugene John Smith was born in 1921 as the son of John Edwin Smith and Anna Opitz. He married Velma Jean Ordiway on 23 October 1942, in Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, United States. He died on 16 April 2004, at the age of 83, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States.

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Eugene John Smith
1921–2004
Velma Jean Ordiway
1921–2015
Marriage: 23 October 1942

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 October 1942Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

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    World Events (8)

    1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack
    Age 2
    Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
    1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington
    Age 20
    The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.
    1944 · The G.I Bill
    Age 23
    The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

    Gowan
    Smithe
    Blacksmith
    Smithson
    Smyth
    Smythe
    Nesmith

    Sources (4)

    • Eugene John Smith in entry for Glenn Richard Wertz and Jeanette Ann Smith, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"
    • Eugene John Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
    • Eugene John Smith, "Florida Marriages, 1830-1993"

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