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Tree Presented By/Date:
Bette B. Jackson Smith
12 Feb 2014
MyVeteran/MyHero Name:
E. Stratford Smith, Esq.
MyVeteran/MyHero Photo:
E. Stratford Smith, Esq.
Dates of Birth/Death:
9 Dec 1916 - 25 Dec 2011
Dates of Military Service:
Service Branch / Stations:

US Navy
Pacific Theater
Communications & Coding Officer

Highest Rank:
My Veteran's Hometown:
Brigham City, UT
"Why this Veteran
is My Hero:"
During his last year of law school and while also working for the FCC, Stratford enlisted in the Navy. After attending naval training schools at Princeton & Harvard, he was assigned to the Advance HQ staff of Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Pearl Harbor, later moved to Guam. His top-secret, high-priority work included coding & decoding messages for worldwide distribution, including those concerning "The Manhattan Project," not knowing at the time they concerned the atomic bomb. Following the Japanese surrender, Stratford transferred to the Staff of Admiral Spruance, Commander of the 3rd Fleet, aboard the USS New Jersey, stationed in Tokyo Bay.
About this Tribute Tree:
3 Kousa Dogwoods (tree-form)
Cornus kousa
Planting Date:
The 3 trees were planted in Spring 2014
Park Name:
GPS coordinates:
Oak Hall Regional Park
3 trees at N 40 47.563   W 077 47.588
The "MyVeteran/MyHero Tribute Tree Campaign"© was established by the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority in early-2014 to provide living tributes to veterans of the US Military in the three "Regional Parks" (established by the Centre Region Council of Governments) while assisting to further improve the host parks. A flyer about the campaign is available HERE (PDF). The initial site of these Tribute Trees will be Oak Hall Regional Park near Boalsburg. Future sites will include Whitehall Road Regional Park and the John Hess Softball Complex, as scheduled. For more information, please contact CRPR.

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