Flowers of the Forest
Lt. Col. Loring Barclay Smith, USAF Ret.
Lt. Col. Loring Barclay Smith, USAF Ret., died on 23 July 2010. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, 5 November 2010 at 11:00 a.m. (Section 64, grave #861). Loring was a life member of Clan Barclay International and one of its founding members. A World War II veteran, he graduated from the Army Air Corps flying school at Turner Field, Georgia, on 12 December 1941 and served until his retirement at HQ Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on 31 July 1965. From his arrival in the South Pacific in February 1942, through the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal with the 67th Pursuit Squadron, then with the 347th Fighter Group at Tontouta Air Base, New Caledonia, and then on to HQ 13th Air Force Fighter Command at Efate on Vanuatu Island, he served as a fighter pilot, a senior controller, a group operations officer, and an interceptor officer until his return stateside in August 1943. He served in various capacities until demobilization in 1946. As a civilian, he went to work for American Airlines until recalled to service in August 1950. The officers and members of Clan Barclay extend their sympathy to Loring’s family members: daughter, Wendy Barclay Thornton , granddaughters, Diana Lynne Dwyer and Sandra Ann Denham, and great-grandchildren, Sean Barclay Denham and Kathryn Grace Denham.