This is the only African-American with the name Roy Lee Smith listed in the US Army enlistment database at NARA.
Smith, Roy Lee
enlisted Ft Benjamin Harrison IN
enlisted 12 Oct 1943
Negro, US citizen
year of birth 1911
army serial number 35734152
Although the below information from the social security applications & claims files state that this person is white, when I checked the 1920 US census the family were listed as Negro. With the same birthdate and state of birth as the person listed on the WWII draft card, I am certain they are the same person. Of course I don't know if it is the person you are looking for.
Name: Roy Lee Smith
[Roy L Smith]
Race: White [I think this is wrong]
Birth Date: 24 Jan 1911
Birth Place: Burgin, Kentucky
Death Date: 14 Sep 1989
Claim Date: 10 Oct 1972
Father: John Smith
Mother: Jane Pane
Death Certificate Number: 173258 [died in Los Angeles CA]
Type of Claim:
Duplicate request; evidence of identity only submitted.
Notes: 28 Oct 1980: Name listed as ROY LEE SMITH; 03 Oct 1972: Name listed as ROY L SMITH
WWII draft card
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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