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Saturday Jun 17, 2023
Saturday Jun 17, 2023
Tim Guerrette interviews and steps into the captivating story of Captain Wayne Smith, a remarkable individual whose life has been marked by bravery, resilience, and remarkable achievements. In this gripping podcast, we take a deep dive into the incredible journey of Capt. Smith, from his combat missions over the skies of North Vietnam to his successful career and life in Naples.
On January 18, 1968, during his 90th combat mission, Capt. Smith's (then Lt.) fate took a dramatic turn. Forced to eject over North Vietnam, he showcased his exceptional skills as an aviator by shooting down a MIG-17 in aerial combat before his own aircraft was downed. Capt. Smith was immediately captured and held as a prisoner of war for an agonizing 1,882 days. Capt. Smith's unwavering determination guided him through the darkest days of captivity, until his long-awaited release in March 14, 1973, as part of Operation Homecoming.
Recovering from his injuries at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, Capt. Smith's commitment to service persisted. Leaving active duty on September 4, 1973, he joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for a year before eventually departing the reserves in 1976.
Transitioning to the corporate world, Capt. Smith's exemplary leadership and strategic acumen paved the way for a successful career beyond the cockpit. In 1999, he retired as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of MidAmerican Energy, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
Now a resident of Naples, Capt. Smith has earned a well-deserved retirement, at times, humbling conveying the memories of a life lived to the fullest. Wayne and his wife Lois can often be seen organizing or attending patriotic events honoring our military, public safety and Veterans.
Join us as we uncover the extraordinary life of Capt. Wayne Smith, where military heroism, resilience, and corporate leadership intertwine to form an inspiring tale of a true American patriot.
Don't miss this riveting podcast that pays tribute to a man who defied the odds and left an indelible legacy in both the military and business spheres.
Wayne is married to Lois A. Bolin, Ph.D., of Naples, Florida.
Military Service Summary:
• U.S. Air Force Academy 1961-1965
• U.S. Air Force 1965-1973
• Pennsylvania Air National Guard 1973-1974
• U.S. Air Force Reserve 1974-1976
• Cold War 1965-1976
• Vietnam War 1967-1973 (POW)
His military honors include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, seven Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.