Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Ira Smith - Not your typical "Boy loses the farm, boy goes to war" Story
I first became acquainted with Ira F. Smith back in 1999, when I found the book “Eyes of the War,” published in May 1945. Skimming through the 600 pictures, I noticed only a few soldiers identified: Private Harry Emmack of Long Beach, California, Private First Class Howard E. Riller of Portland, Oregon, and a local man named Private W. Chickersky of Bethlehem. But it was Ira’s picture that caught my attention. Beyond his bandaged arm and contused scalp, I could see his story floating in the air. Just what was he gesturing to General Leonard? After a call to directory assistance, I discovered a man who had more than just an interesting story to share.