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SGT. MAJOR HUGH J. SMITH (1919 - 1992)
Born in Delanco, NJ, "Sarge" was a steelworker and serving in the New Jersey National Guard when he was drafted into the Army in 1941. It was the start of a 27 year career as a pilot, mate, diver and boat master with the 21st Coastal Defense Artillery at Fort Dupont and Fort Miles, Del.
During the buildup to D-Day, he served as a rail transportation officer in Liverpool, England. After the defeat of Germany and Italy in Europe, Sarge was transferred to the Pacific and served as a Master aboard an air-sea rescue vessel in the Philippines.
Upon his return to the States after the war, he served as a Marine supply officer at Fort Eurtis, Va until 1956. He was later promoted to Sergeant Major, and spent the remaining time in the army as a recruiter in Philadelphia.
After retiring from the Army, he served as a Civil Defense Officer in Philadelphia, and also worked for several years in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system in various positions.
He had been active with the Yearsley Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Frankford Post 211 American Legion, and the Liberty Bell Chapter 96 Disabled American Veterans.
Sarge died in July of 1992 and now rests in peace at the National Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap, along with his wife and mother of their 7 children, Virginia. We can only wish he could have lived to see the WWII Memorial in Washington. Every day we love and miss him and are proud of what he gave for his country.
MR. EDWARD COUTU Talking to NPR
Mr. Edward Coutu is 91 years old and a World War II veteran. In 1944 he served in thE 9th Army as a supply sergeant. Edward is extremely proud of his service and stated, "We started in England and then landed in France. From there we spent time at 963 Air Field and made our way to Germany by crossing Belgium, Holland, and Luxemburg. In Magdeburg I remember the Crump Casino (weapon factories) where we (Americans) were standing on one side of the Rhine, while the Russians were on the other side."
After talking about history Mr. Coutu smiles and states, "There were many times when truckloads of beer would finally make it to the front lines with not much more then a few cases of 6 packs. Other great memories are of us in Germany with the wine vats and the ladies. They (Europeans) really appreciated our service." Once this was heard, he was asked, "What was the deal with the ladies who had their heads shaved and marched down roads naked?" Mr. Coutu responded, "These ladies slept with the Germans, but they were doing what they had to do to get food for their family and survive. Back then, these ladies were trying to get food for their parents."
Mr. Coutu was one of four brothers to serve in WWII. Often he talks about his older brother Ralph "Chief" Coutu stating, "Chief was in the United States Army and was selected to join the elite British 6th Armored Brigade Commandos. As the 6th Brigade battled in North Africa they were destroyed by enemy gunfire. It turns out only a few survived and Chief nearly lost his elbow. My brother Cy served in the 5th Army."
Mr. Coutu also talked about lack of training equipment before the war: "We went to Mississippi for training and marched around with sticks. We would be running through the woods with sticks. The fact was the Army needed men in the war and there was just not enough resources. So we did the best we could with what we had."
Besides Mr. Coutu's service to his country during World War II, he also worked under FDR's New Deal as a member of the Conservation Corps in Oregon. Then after two years out west he moved back to Connecticut where he spent 30 years as a state electrician. Mr. Coutu continued to give back to the community as a member of the Taftville Volunteer Fire Department.
Along with being a proud citizen and American Warrior, Mr. Coutu is a model husband, who after over 50 years of marriage to his late wife Margaret, still talks fondly about their many adventures together.