William Earle Smith, Jr
Captain Smith, USN (ret), 85, died 6 September 2019 in Kitsap County,
Washington. He was born 15 March 1934 in Mobile, Alabama.
Captain Smith graduated in the USNA Class of 1957. He retired as a Navy
Captain after 35 years of Navy Service. When he was a young officer (LT), he was
credited for saving many shipmates during a torpedo accident on the USS TIRU (SS
416). He passed out twice, due to the toxic gases, but managed to pull several
men up the ladder to fresh air. He was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Medal for
his efforts. He later had command of the submarine USS Remora (SS-487). As a
Commander, he went back to the Naval Academy to serve as the Chairman of the
Management Science Department and to teach Probability Statistics and Linear
Programming. Captain Smith served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of
SUBASE Pearl Harbor and then of SUBASE Bangor.
After retirement Captain Smith was selected to
serve as the first Executive Director of the Economic Development Council (EDC)
of Kitsap County. One important project he worked on during this time, was to
bring the USS Turner Joy to the Bremerton waterfront and to write the grant to
pay for the boardwalk that leads to the ship. Captain Smith was active in the
USS Tiru Association and hosted its 2006 Reunion in Silverdale, Washington.