HARFORD CO, Md (WBFF) — Susan Hopkins spends a great deal of time with her big brother Jim Smith. They only live a few miles apart in Harford County. Since their parents passed away, JIM has lived in their childhood home in Churchville with his family. Every room there is filled with family photos. Many of the images are of their Dad. He was a Father, Teacher, and Football Coach.
James Smith, Susan and Jim’s father, was also a war hero. He has a Silver Star. He earned a Purple Heart.
But he didn’t serve in the Korean War. Instead he was in World War II.
Susan Hopkins explained, “I don't think a lot of people can say my dad has a statute at Korean War memorial but wasn't in the war there. I know it's a little twist.!”
The twist dates back to the European Battle Zone where James Smith saved a man’s life under enemy gun. Among his fellow marines was a veteran who later became an artist. That artist was hired to do the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. That artist wanted to use the image of a hero so he thought of James Smith.
Jim Smith explained, “I’m proud to be an American. And I’m proud to be the son of James Smith”.