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Francis Smith — a Navy pilot’s faith carried him through

By From page B3 | May 29, 2012

WW II VETERAN, Francis Smith looksthrough a copy of "The Escort Carriers in Service." The Navy pilot served in active duty from 1943 to 1945. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

WW II Veteran, Francis Smith thumbs through a copy of "The Escort Carriers in Service." Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

As a Navy fighter pilot in World War II, Francis William Smith of Cameron Park had a lot of harrowing experiences.

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