Alan Smith  Looking Back
As you celebrate a milestone, seventy five years wise, we celebrate you  every experience and insight, every lesson and tr...
Francine with George Alan, 1945  George Alan Smith  who went by Alan  was born June 25, 1945 to parents George and Eula Fr...
They were little equestrians.    We had several horses on the farm and we   d get on and use their manes to steer them. So...
Alan and Bruce with Dad and Mom, 1947  George grew up in Philadelphia and was educated through high school when he left fo...
Alan   s great grandparents, Hiram Newton and Maria Webber Smith  Francine with Alan and Bruce, 1949  It was in DC where F...
   There was always enough food to eat. If there were money issues, my brother and I were never made aware of it.    Durin...
   He was a town icon. He was born in and lived in Hugoton his entire life and was passionate about the people there and p...
Alan   s paternal grandparents, Osborne and Elizabeth Smith, early 1950s     He had to keep the place clean, which was not...
What was left of the farm in Hugoton, 1980s  Alan   s 1955 Ford V8  In 1957, the family moved back to Kansas, this time to...
   My dad was either working or golfing   so my mom did many of the vacations with us.    During these later high school y...
By this time, Alan was engaged to be married but as Vietnam heated up, he decided to enlist in the Navy to avoid being dra...
Leaving Newport, Rhode Island for Vietnam, 1966  Hong Kong, 1966     I did more in that first year than most people do in ...
Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1967  View from Alan   s front door in Argentia, Newfoundland, 1968  Alan sampled the pub c...
   Back in those days, you put the kid carrier on the bike behind you. They weren   t very sturdy and Jill   s legs were n...
In 1977, Alan was commissioned as a Navy officer in the Naval Reserve.    After college, I submitted a request to become a...
Cindy and Alan on their wedding day, 1993  the Smith-Callahan Extended Family, 2005  Alan ignored his uncle and in 1991, t...
Alan, Tom, and Chris skiing, 1996  Corey on a dirtbike, 2001     As the kids got older, they hid the Beatles    CD from us...
   I developed a new level of patience when the kids transitioned from me taking them to events to teaching them to drive ...
   There was no shortage of honey-do items on my list. From my viewpoint, we moved into a nice home that could use some up...
Halloween with five of the six kids, 1993  Christmas at Cavey Lane, 2008     They had been a middle-class family in Liberi...
Vacation to Virginia Beach, 1993  Tommy at the Grand Canyon, 2004     They jokingly called us their American parents and w...
During Alan   s time with the reserves, he was recalled to active duty several times. In 2000, he went to Bosnia for four ...
Alan was a very decorated officer, awarded the following medals  Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service, Joint Merit...
Alan   s Navy Retirement aboard the USS Constellation, 2005     My thinking has clearly changed over the years. When Cindy...
Patty and Chris, 2020  Tom and Deglend, 2020     While Jill has always been an outstanding mother, I have been especially ...
Jenny is married to her childhood sweetheart, Shawn Linthicum, and they live in Catonsville, Maryland, with their two chil...
Cindy   s youngest, Corey, from a very young age was drawn to all kinds of sports. He shared Alan   s love of all things m...
Family fun at Jenny and Shawn   s wedding, 2012     When we disagree over something, we make it through with humor. When o...
Alan   s retirement trip at Cindy   s dad   s house in Melbourne, Florida, 2005     If I could go back, I would tell my yo...
   Cindy and I will never go to Alaska again, because it was such a great trip with great weather that any return trip wou...
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