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Major Thomas B. Smothers
Jan 11th, 2009, 6:25am
 
Does anyone have any specific information on MAJ Thomas Smothers, father of the Smothers Brother's comedy team?  I believe he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 45th IN (PS) and died enroute from Fukuoka, Japan to Pusan, Korea, 26 April, 1945.

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Re: Major Thomas B. Smothers
Reply #1 - Jan 11th, 2009, 4:47pm
 
According to several website sources, the Smothers brothers are the sons of Major Thomas Bolin Smothers, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer stationed in the Philippines who died either on a Hell Ship or in a prisoner of war camp in Japan during World War II.  

I've seen nothing more than this.

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Reply #2 - Jan 11th, 2009, 7:39pm
 
Hello,

I noted quit a few Smothers in North Carolina so searched the "Hell Ships" and found an entry stating Major Thomas B Smothers, Jr died during the crossing to Pusan, Korea.  April 26, 1945 is the date of the entry about the death. and it also states that Major Smothers died during the crossing and it looks like the 26th was the date of the crossing.

All this is on "The Hell Ships Memorial, Book of Honor Tributes", testimony of Major Arthur C. Peterson, 60th C.A (AA).

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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2009, 8:35pm
 
Caroline Burkhart, daughter of Thomas F. Burkhart of Hq. Co., 45th Inf Regt PS emailed me that Major Smothers took over as CO of the 3rd Bn., 45th PS after Major Dudley Strickland was killed in action in the Cave in the western coast of Bataan. There is a story that Caroline sent me about the plan to  evacuation  the 45th and 57th Regts to Corregidor a few hours before the surrender in Bataan. But our S-3 LtCol. Edgar Wright and Col. Reynolds were cut off who were supposed to lead the troops to Mariveles, Bataan.  

Have a nice day.

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Maj. Fred Foz was a Sgt. in the 45th Infantry (PS) and is President Emeritus of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society.
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Re: Major Thomas B. Smothers
Reply #4 - Jan 12th, 2009, 2:28pm
 
Gentlemen,
  Thank you for the information.  MAJ Foz, I had seen the information from Ms. Burkhart you mentioned, however, you added the detail of his predecessor and his assumption of command.   At some point, my grandfather met MAJ Smothers, and I am trying to determine where and when.

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Raleigh
grandson of COL E. J. Lilly, Jr
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Reply #5 - Jan 14th, 2009, 6:35am
 
Major Thomas Bolyn Smothers, Jr. was a West Point Graduate and a member of the 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts
Born 27 Jul 1908, North Carolina
Married to Ruth Remick in Jan 1935
Died 26 Apr 1945,  at age 36, while a prisoner of war of Japan.  He survived the Bataan Death March only to die on a Japanese Hellship.
He was buried at sea.

Remick Ridge Vineyard and Winery, in the Sonoma Valley of California, is operated by Tom and Dick Smothers.
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