Lieutenant General USAF
— 1922 - 1974 —This Veterans Memorial Park is named in honor of Donavon F. Smith, Lt. General, USAF. General Smith graduated from Niles High School in 1940. After flight training, he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England where he flew 123 combat missions in a P-47 "Thunderbolt" aircraft. General Smith became a fighter Ace when he show down his 5th enemy aircraft, three of these occurring in a single mission over Germany, 11 December 1943. His military career spanned 32 years with combat in World War II and as chief advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force in the Vietnamese conflict.
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 4:14am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 562583 N 4630822|
|Decimal Degrees||41.82681667, -86.24636667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 49.609', W 86° 14.782'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 49' 36.54" N, 86° 14' 46.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1100-1198 E Main St, Niles MI 49120, US|
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