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coast guard officer

Edward Hanson Smith, American coast guard officer. Decorated Cross of Conductor, Order of Dannebrog, 1st class (Denmark), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Victory Medal with escort clasp, American Defense and Victory medals (United States). member science staff, Graf Zeppelin Polar Expedition, 1931; Fellow Arctic Institute of N. American; member American Geophysical Union. Episcopalian; Club: New York Yacht (New York).

Background

Smith, Edward Hanson was born on October 29, 1889 in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edward Jones and Sarah Elizabeth (Pease) Smith.

Education

Student, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1909-1910. Graduate, United States Coast Guard Academy, 1913. A.M., Harvard, 1924, Doctor of Philosophy, 1934.

Career

Commissioned ensign United States Coast Guard, 1913, and advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1942. Engaged in oceanographic studies at Geo-Physical Institute, Bergen, Norway, 1924. With British Meteorological Office, London, 1925.

Commander, Coast Guard Marion Expedition conducting oceanographic survey of Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay, 1928. Member science staff, Graf Zeppelin Polar Expedition, 1931. Commander, International Ice Patrol force, 1939-1940, Task Force 24, 1943-1945, Eastern Area, United States Coast Guard, also Coast Guard District 3, and captain, since 1945, also commander Eastern Area, 1946-1950.

Director Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1950-1956.

Membership

Member science staff, Graf Zeppelin Polar Expedition, 1931. Fellow Arctic Institute of N. American. Member American Geophysical Union.

Episcopalian; Club: New York Yacht (New York).

Connections

Married Isabel Brier, July 12, 1924. Children: Porter Hulsart, Stuart Edward, Jeremiah.

father:
Edward Jones Smith

mother:
Sarah Elizabeth (Pease) Smith

spouse:
Isabel Brier

children:
Jeremiah Smith

Stuart Edward Smith

Porter Hulsart Smith