Maj. Gen. William R. Smith
Maj. Gen. William R. Smith commanded the US Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department) from August 1927 to January 1928. After attending Vanderbilt University for two years he graduated from the US Military Academy in 1892 and gained his commission in the Artillery. A World War I veteran, he also graduated from the School of Submarine Defense in Fort Totten, New York.
During World War I, Smith was in charge of building and placing the first submarine net put down in the US in 1917. After completing this duty he commanded the 36th Division, made up of Texas and Oklahoma National Guard, of the American Expeditionary Force in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. After the war he commanded the Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Smith received the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion of Honor. He retired on 30 April 1932 and died on 15 July 1941.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks