(This is research for a law school paper – not my family line)
Aubrey Dewitt SMITH
I have finally finished the family trees for the people involved in the Supreme Court case my daughter is writing the legal paper about. I could have gone further back in the family research, but as all Research Junkies know, it is hard to stop. I have taken the family lines back further back than I needed to. I have gotten so caught up these people who I truly feel connected to now.
This post is about Aubrey Dewitt SMITH. He was murdered by his wife, Dorothy Krueger SMITH in Japan in October of 1952. Dorothy was the daughter of famed WWII General Walter KRUEGER. From the newspaper articles and legal papers that we have read, it would seem the Dorothy was an alcoholic and narcotics addict. She killed Aubrey in his sleep with a hunting knife. The Smiths had two children, a daughter, age 14, and a son, age 16.
Aubrey Smith‘s story is very impressive. He came from humble beginnings in Cooper County, Missouri. His father was first a farmer, then a laborer in a pipe factory. Aubrey’s appointment to The United States Military Academy marked the beginning of a brilliant military career.
At the time of his death, he was a Colonel, Chief of Plans and Operations Division [Far East Command’s Logistic section] of the U S Army in Japan. SMITH was repeatedly decorated for valor in WWII and the Korean War. Awards include Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Custer, Silver Star with Oak Leaf Custer, and Bronze Star Medal.
A brilliant career was cut short by his tragic murder. Dorothy Krueger SMITH is a tragic character in this story as well. She had sought medical help for her addictions and mental problems and her doctors let her down.
I will write about Dorothy tomorrow.