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Master Sergeant Dolphis Smith

Master Sergeant (Retired) Dolphis Smith, 84, died May 12, 2005, in Cleveland, Ohio.

MSG Dolphis Smith was born December 20, 1920 to the union of Rev. Alberta and Queola Smith in Cherry Valley, Arkansas. He attended the public schools of Cherry Valley and the Brinkley Academy in Brinkley, Arkansas.

He entered the United States Army in 1942 and served honorably for twenty years. He retired in December of 1962 as a Master Sergeant. During the Korean Conflict he suffered a near fatal head injury. He survived this injury and returned to service. He was assigned to the All Army Pistol Team. He was an outstanding shooter and a member of the coaching staff preparing Army marksmen for domestic and international competition. His awards include the Purple Heart Medal and the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. After retiring from military service, he worked for the VA Hospital, Brecksville, Ohio, and then the U. S. Postal Service, where he retired after more than twenty years. Dolphis was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Jacob Harrison Consistory Lodge No. 85 in Columbus, Georgia.

After retirement from the Army in 1962, Dolphis became a deacon at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. Deacon Smith served as chairman of the Deacon Board for over thirty years until his health began to fail. Deacon Smith was supportive of his church, both spiritually and financially. He was a dynamic speaker and encouraged excellence from all around him.

Those who served in the Army with Dolphis will remember him as a soldier who pulled himself up by his bootstraps. He often addressed his fellow soldiers as “Citizen,” and we, in turn,  remember “Citizen Smith” as being a great American soldier.

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