Oscar Smith, (1887-1969) USNA Class 1908, Sword
by A.P. Lilley Co., New York, N.Y., Star of Damascus and bronze “Proven” cartouche on reverse. Original leather scabbard.
THE SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER SWORD KNOT
IS NOT INCLUDED
Presented is the sword of Commodore Oscar Smith, Jr. (1887-1969),
a distinguished officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1908 who rose to the rank of commodore during WW
II and in 1944 became head of the Guided Missiles Committee convened to explore every possible guided-missile and
drone project. See http://earlyradiohistory.us/1963hw40.htm A commodore is the equivalent of a brigadier, one star, general,
and now has become Rear Admiral, Lower Half, abbreviated RMDL. The sword knot shown is that used by senior officers,
and is not included with this offering.
Design on blade appears to be tooled or stamped rather than acid etched with plating over. Very slight pitting
at the very end from moisture collecting in the scabbard, and some darkening near the hilt due to being worn in foul weather.
Personalized to Oscar Smith, Jr., ’08 (USNA Class of 1908). Just above the top scabbard mount band are the
initials in script “OSJr”. The bands and drag are embellished with fancy designs including a large fowled anchor on the
upper reverse. There is a single rivet holding each. The leather is complete with its surface showing some wear in the
lower section. Stitching is intact. The dolphin on the drag is mounted with its head to the side of the hangers. All
the brass work has a rich patina of age. The eagle on the pommel faces left surrounded by 13 stars. Twelve wraps of two strand
wire on the ray covered handle. Single 21 1/2 fuller. 16 stars in oval.
DIMENSIONS: Blade: 5/8 inch wide, 3/16 inch
thick, 28 3/4 inches long, Handle 5 1/4 inches long. Length overall 34 1/4 inches. In scabbard 35 inches. Weight
1 1/2 pounds.
Buy with confidence from people who know what
they sell. Memberships include in part, Association of Naval Aviation, The Tailhook Association, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron,
Silver Wings, McCampbell’s Aces Squadron and the Naval Historical Foundation
Initials, “OSJr” upper
Personalized. Oscar Smith, Jr., ’08
Maker’s name. A.P. Lilley, New York
Oak leaves and USN on front of guard
ABRIDGED NAVAL BIOGRAPHY: As were the requirements covering
the Class of 1908, the midshipmen served two years at sea before commissioning as ensign. By 1916, Smith was serving in USS
UTAH as gunnery officer during the War with rank of LCDR. After the war he served in two high level staff capacities, first
in 1922 as aide and flag secretary of Battle Ship Division 3 in USS NEW YORK and USS TEXAS, and next in 1925 as aide
to Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet in USS HURON. Other important duties followed and by 1930 he was the commanding officer
of USS GALVASTON, then USS FULTON and then he joined the staff of Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force in USS CALIFORNIA. From
there he moved to the commissioning officer of USS HONOLULU and served as its first commanding officer until mid 1940. During
the period 1941 – 1943, he served in two important billets as officer in charge of the Atlantic Fleet School, and
then as Commander, Training Task Force after which in March, 1944, he was promoted to commodore and took command
of Special Air Task Force in which capacity he was in charge of the secret development of guided missiles and drones. At the
beginning of 1945 after transfer, he moved from Deputy Chief of Staff to Chief of Staff U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In June, 1947
Commodore Smith retired from the Navy with 39 years of service. He was authorized numerous medals including the Legion of
Merit. He died on July 9, 1969
Accompanying the sword will be a copy
of Smith’s official Navy biography from the U.S. Naval History Division, and a copy of his obituary that appeared in the September-October,
1969 edition of “SHIPMATE”, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association’s journal.
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of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization
by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.
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