An American Family History

Lee Roy Smith

World War II was a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Allies (United States, British Commonwealth countries, and the Soviet Union) fought against the Axis (Germany, Japan and Italy).

Lee Roy Smith was born April 18, 1923 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. His parents were John Elmer Smith and Emma Ethel Bertrand. His childhood nickname was “PeeWee."

He fought in Europe during World War II. He was in the Army Ordinance -5th Armored Division. He was in Germany, England, France, Luxembourg. He trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He  married Ila Mae Pscholka in Inglewood, California. They had three children.

The Lee Smith family was deeply religious and were very involved in a Baptist church. Lee drove a bus for a school district and took tours to Mexico and Las Vegas.  They lived in Hawthorne, California near Joe, Norman, and Hazel.

Lee and Ila retired to Santa Maria, California where they were close to their daughter Kathryn and her family.

Baptist churches were found in early colonial settlements and grew out of the English Separatist movement and the doctrine of John Smyth who rejected infant baptism.