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Orlando Flye Smith

engineering , firm executive

Orlando Flye Smith, Colombian architectural, engineering and planning firm executive. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Air medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Air Force Meritorious medal with 3 oak leaf clusters; Vietnam Cross Gallantry with 2 palms; recipient A.M. Minton award Air Force C.E.-Air Force Association, 1977.


Smith, Orlando Flye was born on April 15, 1932 in Santa Maria, Colombia, (parents American citizens). Son of John Palmer, Junior and Eva Victoria (Flye) Smith.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Clemson (South Carolina) University, 1954. Master of Science, in Engineering, Arizona State University, 1967.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1954, advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel, 1978. Service in Vietnam, flew 266 combat missions. Chief operations and planning Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1973-1978, retired, 1978.

Vice president, assistant manager VTN Inc., Charleston, West Virginia, 1978-1982. Vice president, general manager Lindbergh & Associates, Charleston, South Carolina. Adjunct professor The Citadel College.

Advisory committee Air Force Institute of Technology.


Member American Institute Plant Engineers, Society of America Military Engineers (president 1969-1971), American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association, American Federation Pollution Control, Society United States Air Force Fighter Pilots Association, Ranch Hand Association.


Married Mary Ann Maner Sams, April 10, 1955. Children– Orlando Flye, Evita Victoria.

John Palmer Smith

Eva Victoria (Flye) Smith

Mary Ann Maner Sams

Orlando Flye Smith

Evita Victoria Smith