Veteran of the Week: Master Sgt. John Landon Smith

Published 6:09 pm Monday, March 2, 2020

By MELANIE POOLE / Special to the Reporter

The Veteran of the Week is sponsored by the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor at the American Village — honoring America’s veterans and telling the stories of their service and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.


“The American Village is pleased to join the Shelby County Reporter in recognizing Master Sergeant John Landon Smith as Veteran of the Week,” American Village founder and CEO Tom Walker said. “He is representative of the hundreds of thousands of Alabamians who have risked it all for the sake of our country and its freedom. To all veterans we owe a debt we can never fully repay.”

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Here are highlights about this week’s Veteran of the Week:

John Landon Smith was born in Tuscaloosa in 1925. He entered the United States Army in April, 1944 at the age of 19, and served in the medical corps in France and Germany during World War II. He also served stateside during the Korean War at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. After Smith’s formal period of service was concluded, he continued to serve his country in the Army Reserves until the mid 1960s. He died in 2018 and is buried in Tuscaloosa.

Melanie Poole is Communications Officer for the American Village and can be reached at