Merle Smith


Cmdr. Merle Smith was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was the first Black graduate of the Coast Guard Academy.

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Thank you so much for your service sir. May you sleep in peace always.

Such great accomplishments made by Mr Smith. A lot of things that the family can look back on with pride. May God continue to comfort you at this difficult time.

CDR Merle Smith was one of a kind. I remember meeting him during a particularly hard time for me in the Coast Guard and he motivated me to push through it. As a brother who matriculated through the Academy I can only imagine what it was like for him. I greatly appreciate the example and legacy he set, and the pathway he blazed that led to me being able to graduate in 1997. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding comfort his family and all those who are grieving this loss. ...

I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Merle Smith. I was a classmate of Merle, and played high school football with him. Although we were only together for his senior year, Merle became an integral part of our team. It was easy to see he was destined for bigger things. Once again my sincere condolences.

You will be remembered for what you did for African Americans.

I spent one day with Merle. I have never forgotten it. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sincere condolences to the Smith Family. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives. Mr. Smith was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was the first Black graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He will be remembered and missed, but his contributions not forgotten. May family, friends and extended family cherish his memories.

To the Smith Family, you have my deepest sympathy, I Lisa Clarke, had the pleasure of caring for Mr.Smith for two days at the VA in West Haven, Connecticut