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Memorial Day service May 28, 2023 in Edmonton

By Chris Lagermann

American Legion Post 65 Edmonton-Metcalfe County is proud to have Major Paul Smith, (Retired) of Columbia, as the speaker for the Memorial Day program on Sunday, May 28 at 1:30pmCT at the Historic Courthouse Square.

He joined the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish right as a 33rd degree Mason, and for the Shriners where volunteers raise money for the Shriners Hospital and charities of Kentucky. He has volunteered at the Adair County Schools and has volunteered with the Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery for over ten years raising fish, and involved with special events: children's fishing derbies, Wounded Warriors fishing derbies and Special Needs Children fishing derbies.

Major Smith was born in Lewisville, Texas in November 1949. He joined the Marine Corps in September 1968. Following training at MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA. he was assigned to India Company, 3rd BN, Fifth Marine Regiment in the Republic of Viet Nam where he served for 13 months. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat V, and the Purple Heart medals.

Upon returning to the United States Sergeant Smith served with the American Embassies both in Mogadishu, Somalia and then Beirut, Lebanon where he became the acting NCOIC and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal after an attack on the Embassy.

Upon returning to the United States he attended the Electronics and Aviation Radar Repair Schools where he graduated first in his class. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in April 1974 and soon after attended the Staff NCO Academy where he graduated as the Honor Staff Sergeant Smith was selected and promoted to Warrant Officer in 1975. In 1980 he was transferred Brigade Service Support Group in Kaneohe, Hawaii where he served as the Electronic Maintenance Officer, Operations, Officer, and Executive Officer. He was selected for promotion to First Lieutenant in 1980 and to Captain in 1982.

In 1973 he reported to Okinawa, Japan after which he finished out his career serving in Cincinnati, OH and back to Hawaii where he was promoted to Major and received the Outstanding Career Marine Office of the year. He retired in 1990.

After his retirement he worked for another twenty-two years with Square D, Metro One Communications, and Arvin Meritor all in Northern Kentucky. He currently resides in Columbia Kentucky where he is a constant volunteer in his community. He has been an adult advisor for DeMolay International for young men ages 12-21 for 30 years.

Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 1:30pmCTCDT
Metcalfe County Historic Courthouse Grounds
(In case of inclement weather, The Metcalfe County Government Building)

Welcome Bill Lagermann, Commander Post 65
Remind adults to register to win a flag.

National Anthem Metcalfe County High School Band

Pledge of Allegiance Bill Lagermann

Prayer Paula Clemons, American Legion Chaplain

Acknowledgements Bill Lagermann

Brooks Fuller (Vintage Jeep) Lagermann present Brooks Fuller with Flag

Johanna Compton Creating wreath

Metcalfe High Band Tiffany Riggins, Band Director

Lisa Boswell Bowling Park, Bleachers

List local officials

Draw winners of flags

Recognition of those who served, Bill Lagermann (Please Stand)

Reading the Names of the Lost, Charley Costello, VFW Post 6281

Guest of Honor (Speaker) Paul Smith (Present Flag)

Placing of the Wreath Paul Smith

Taps Metcalfe County High School Band


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Major Paul Smith to speak at Memorial Day service

2023-05-21 - Metcalfe County, KY - Photo from Chris Lagermann.

Major Paul Smith, (Retired) of Columbia, will be the speaker for the American Legion Post 65 Memorial Day program on Sunday, May 28 at 1:30pmCT at the Historic Courthouse Square in Edmonton.

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