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Captain Fidel T. Smith
was born and raised in southern Colorado in the San Luis Valley.

He attended the University of New Mexico from 1959 to 1965 where he received a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in June 1965.

Captain Smith joined the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1965. His first assignment was aboard the Ship PATHFINDER conducting hydrographic surveys in Hawaii and Cook Inlet, Alaska; his second assignment was the worldwide satellite triangulation program, 1967 through June 1970. His third assignment (1970 and 1971) was conducting hydrographic surveys in south east Alaska aboard the NOAA Ship DAVIDSON; his fourth assignment was aboard the Ship OCEANOGRAPHER conducting oceanographic and geophysical surveys in the China Sea and the western Pacific. From 1973 through 1975, he was assigned to the hydrographic survey party (launch 1257, etc.) on the east coast. In 1976 and 1977 he was the Executive Officer on the Ship FAIRWEATHER conducting hydrographic surveys in Alaska and southern California. In 1978 through 1981 he was Chief of Operations in the Office of Marine Operations and during 1982 and 1983 he was the Executive Officer on the Ship SURVEYOR conducting EEZ surveys and marine mammal surveys in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, and during 1985 and 1986 he was the Commanding Officer on the Ship MT. MITCHELL conducting hydrographic surveys in Honduras, off Cape Cod, Gulf of Mexico and Icy Straits, Alaska. In 1987 through February 1988 he was Deputy Director, Atlantic Marine Center and from July 1989 until retirement he was in the Photogrammetry Section.


RETIREMENT LUNCHEON HAND-OUT, 1/24/1992

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