Haverhill — John A. "Jack" Smart, Sr., 81, of Haverhill, died Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill.
He was born in Haverhill, Nov. 15, 1931, son of the late Howell B. and Gladys C. (Boudreau) Smart, and was educated in the Haverhill school system.
Mr. Smart served in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant, had over 12 years of active service and served during the Korean War. He fought as a Machine Gunner in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and was one of the very few survivors who are now known as “The Chosin Few.” He earned The Purple Heart Medal, an Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, he received a Letter of Appreciation and a Korean War Service Medal from the Republic of Korea, thanking him for his service. He also served very proudly in the General Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard. He was a member of the General MacArthur Honor Guard Association, Combat Infantry Men’s Association and the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, the American Legion and the VFW. After the war he was employed at the former Hamel Leather and Lionel Lavallee Beef. He retired from AT&T in 1991. Mr. Smart enjoyed fishing, outdoor activities and spent numerous hours on his computer trying to contact fellow survivors of the “Chosin Few”.
He was the husband of the late Marie T. (Collins) Smart who died in 1985; father of the late Barry J. Cate, Gary A. Smart, Michael Smart, Heidi Lou Smart and John A. “Jack” Smart, Jr.; and brother of the late Hildred Berard, Fay Freeman, Constance Murray and Joseph Langton. His survivors include his children, Vickie E. Tracy and her husband Robert, of Haverhill, Karen L. Duval and her husband Thomas, of Haverhill, George N. Cate, of Lowell, Steven L. Smart, of Haverhill, Lisa A. Yell and her husband George, of Haverhill, numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.