During a recent episode of the CBJ Real News Podcast Show, John Di Lemme interviewed Vietnam Veteran and Prisoner of War, and American Hero Captain Wayne Smith.
Wayne O. Smith, born in Richmond KY in 1943, was a 1965 graduate of the US Air Force Academy and later flew 90 F-4 fighter combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos before being shot down in January 1968. He survived 5 years and 2 months as a POW and was repatriated in March 1973 as a Captain.
Among Wayne’s honors for service in combat include Two Silver Stars, The Legion of Merit, Two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Two Bronze “V” Stars, Seven Air Medals, and The Purple Heart.
He began his business career with Air Products and Chemicals where he was appointed to a number of executive assignments over a 16-year period. Afterwards he was recruited as President and Chief Operating Officer of BF Goodrich.
Thereafter be became Chief Executive of BOC Gases for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America. In 1999 Smith retired as President and COO of MidAmerican Energy after the utility was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway.
Wayne has resided in Naples, FL since then, and is now married to Old Naples Historian, Lois Bolin, Ph.D., a 41-year resident of Naples Florida, a great supporter of veterans, and a true civic leader.
Watch the CBJ Real News Podcast Show with John Di Lemme and Captain Wayne Smith here…
Listen to the Podcast here…
Plus meet Captain Wayne Smith LIVE at the We The People Fight Back Event on April 23 & 24, 2021 in Naples, Florida. He will be a featured speaker at the event.