A Fallen Aviator ...Posted on 7/18/14 - by Francis E. SmileyI am a distant cousin with your name. I am Francis Edward Smiley IV from the Denver Smileys. I did not know you, but I flew in combat in Southeast Asia a few years after you. I honor your courage and service. I saw an apt phrase recently ... "All the brave ones died in the war."MORE
In my experience, it is true and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice.
GrandpaPosted on 1/26/14 - by MargaretHey Grandpa, we never met but I think about you all the time. I was thinking about you today because we're learning about Vietnam and cousin Frankie just hung up your medals. I love you and cannot thank you enough for your service for our country.MORE
Your Granddaughter Margaret
A Great Man and Best FatherPosted on 12/27/13 - by Joy SmileyWe miss you Daddy. You were the best dad and now you have Tige and Mom up there with you and Peggy. We love you forever.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/26/13 - by Curt CarterDear Major Francis Edward Smiley, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/26/11 MORE
If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Francis Edward SMILEY, USAF...who made the ultimatesacrificePosted on 6/23/06If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
We RememberPosted on 2/17/05 - by Robert Sage email@example.comFrancis is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
Missing Flier's Body Is Recovered in LaosPosted on 6/19/03 - by Jim McIlhenneyThe body of a former Upper Darby Air Force navigator, missing in action since August 27, 1967, has been recovered in Laos. Major Francis E. Smiley, who had flown 148 missions in Southeast Asia, had only two more to go before he would have been rotated home, probably within a couple weeks.MORE
Major Smiley's wife, the former Margaret Chance, of Mayfair, was notified at her home in Cypress, Calif., near Los Angeles, that the wreakage of the bomber had been found.
A graduate of St. Joseph's College where he was a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program, Major Smiley, 37, entered the service in July 1956. The couple was married six months earlier.
Later he flew with the Air Defense Command from Otis Air Force Base, Cape Cod, Mass. The Air Force sent him to University of Arizona, where he won a degree in metallorgy in 1964. He was then assigned to the forign technology division at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Due to the shortage of fliers for the Vietnam war, he was called to flight test duty with bombers at Wright Patterson before being sent overseas.
He had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 10 Air Medals.
Besides his wife Major Smiley is survived by two sons, Francis Jr., and Andrew; three daughters, Mary, Joyce and Eileen; his widowed mother, Mrs. Margaret G. Smiley; a brother, Paul, of 141 Hampden rd., Upper Darby, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, Springfield, Delaware County (PA).
Photo and article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on April 17, 1969.
We will always be rememberedPosted on 3/24/03 - by Ashley KieferDear Francis,MORE
I wanted to take the opportunity to just thank you for everything you did for our country and the people during the war. Your dedication to this country is evident and you are greatly respected. I don’t know much about you, but you’re a hero to our generations and generations to come. Thank you and may you rest in peace.
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.