Jewell Cardwell

Glenn T. Smith died Sunday. He was 91.

The long-time Uniontown resident lived a good life — having graduated from Wooster Business College and the University of Akron and retiring from Goodyear after a stellar career. During his post-retirement years, he worked at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home and was a devoted member of Advent Lutheran Church.

What you may not have known about Mr. Smith was his proud military service.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Glenn T. Smith — who was laid to rest Thursday at Uniontown Greenlawn Cemetery — was saluted by a U.S. Air Force honor guard. He was a true American military hero in every sense of the phrase.

“Glenn,” his son Kim Smith of Tallmadge wrote, “served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, flying 30 missions as a bombardier in a B-24 bomber.

“On the final flight on June 13, 1944, his bomber was shot down over Munich, Germany. Glenn evaded capture for five days but was eventually captured and became a POW in the Sagan LUFT III POW camp for Allied officers. When the Russian army neared the camp in 1945, Glenn and all others were forcibly marched and taken to Mooseburg, Germany, where he remained until the end of April 1945, when Gen. George Patton’s tanks broke down the main gate to the camp and freed Glenn and thousands of others.”

He had been a POW for 13 months.

“In June,” his son continued, “Glenn returned to America, Ohio, and Daisy, his wife, who he had married Dec. 20, 1943, just before leaving for the war in Europe. Glenn remained in the Air Force reserve for 28 years and worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, retiring after 38 years.

“He celebrated his life with Daisy [who died in 1990] and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Mr. Smith also took time out of his day to speak to various civic groups, veterans and schools about his military experiences.

In addition to his son Kim, Mr. Smith is survived by son Gary Smith of Green and daughter Karen Spivey of Massillon. Son Glenn T. II died in 2003.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567.