This collection consists of correspondence to and from Captain Christopher Smith, United States Army during the Second World
War. The collection also includes photographs and ephemera, as well as a code key letter written at the time for the family
to be able to avoid the censors.
Capt. Christopher Smith, USA was born July 4, 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His family soon moved to Atlantic City,
New Jersey where they lived until he was 17 years old. After his father died, his mother remarried and they moved to Washington
D.C. His letters are addressed to his mother, Mary, and step-father, Edwin, as well as his maternal grandparents Curt and
Carrie Cratzer. He lived in Bari, Italy and Tunis during his service. He attended Officers Candidate School at Duke University
in Durham, North Carolina. He was assigned to Fort Benjamin Harison in Fort Wayne, Indiana and spent some time in Texas before
deploying to Europe. Cpt. Smith died in 2002.