26, of Greenville, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120, based at Norfolk Naval Station; died Aug. 15, 2007, in a plane crash shortly after launching an E-2C Command and Control Aircraft from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier.
To honor LT Jerry R. Smith, his brother, Mr. Eric Smith retrieved this stone with the help of their mother, Fonda, from a flower garden from their childhood home in Greenville, Maine.
Anyone who hikes this stone needs to know that Jerry was an athlete. He loved hiking and had a very strong sense of humor. He was witty, funny and super sarcastic. His quick wit was unmatched. He was known sometimes to have a crooked smile, but it was his way of making light of even the most stressful situations and finding the bright side. He had a very good sense of perspective. Jerry came from a family of public servants and military service is a very strong tradition in his family. Both his grandfathers, his uncle and several great uncles served in uniform. Jerry knew it was the right thing to do, not only for himself, but for the country and the legacy that was protected by his family. Jerry was strong in the classroom too. He was a good student but he also knew how to enjoy life and be silly. He wore the best 80’s costume at a Journey concert one time and made everyone jealous with his extreme 80’s style. He cherished his time at Kings Point where he loved the sense of Comraderie and Teamwork he learned. He practiced those traits an took them into his Navy career — helping others and working toward the collective goals. He has another little known fact — He actually enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent a short time on a Marine Corps contract.