A member of a Marine Raider unit from St. Louis died in the Southwest Pacific, and a seaman is missing in the North Atlantic, it was announced yesterday. Four other men were listed last night as having been wounded in action in various theaters of war.
Pvt. Gregory A. Smith, 24 years old, who was on duty with the Marine Raiders, died [December 24, 1943], or was killed in action. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. Smith, 4506 Blair Avenue, said the message from the Navy Department did not disclose the circumstances of his death. Smith was State amateur bicycling champion in 1941 as a member of the Century Road Club. Also he was district singles rowing champion and was active in the St. Louis Rowing Club.
Historian’s note: Pvt. Smith was killed in a demolitions accident on New Caledonia.