Images of Jack & Denny

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Young Jack & Denny (Birth - High School)

Jack as a pre-teen

Jack with Cousins and dogs

Mary Denise Bresson (aka Denise Smith)

The future Mrs. Jack Clifford Smith

Whittier YMCA

Boys Department Wrestling Champs - 1930

Jack Smith, 107 pounds, is in the center photo

Newspaper Clippings from 1930

Reporting the Whittier Y victory over Pico

Jack and His Athletic Buddies at the Whittier Y

Upper Left Photo: Jack is the 2nd from the right

Jack on Unidentified Basketball Team

Jack is the 4th player from the right (not counting the man in military uniform)

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

1933 Long Beach Earthquake Damage

Notice the school desks in the foreground.

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Long Beach from Signal Hill Oil Field at Night

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Long Beach, Calif. at Night from Rainbow Pier

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Long Beach, Calif.

Notice the Pike roller coaster in the left background.

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Villa Riviera, Long Beach, California

Jack lived in Long Beach at the time of the 1933 earthquake.

Jack & Denny As Young Adults & During World War II

Jack Smith As A Young Married Man With His Doberman Pinschers

Jack and Denny had two Doberman Pinschers and two horses in their early married life.

Jack Smith As A Sports Reporter

Jack interviewing a jockey. Probably taken in Bakersfield when Jack was working for the Bakersfield Californian.

Jack Smith, Anna Smith, & Permelia Sheldon

Jack and his sister Permelia with their mother Anna Smith in Permelia's back yard. Circa late 1940s to early 1950s.

Jack Smith, Denny Smith, Anna Smith, Permelia Sheldon, and Diane Sheldon

Jack and Denny with Jack's mother Anna Smith, Jack's sister Permelia Sheldon, and Permelia's daughter Diane Sheldon in Permelia's back yard in the Hollywood Hills.

Jack Smith With Books

Jack posing behind a table full of books. This is very likely a self-portrait as Jack was an avid photographer.

Denny Smith

Denny submits to Jack's need to models. Probably taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

Jack Smith & Denny Smith

Formal portrait of Jack and Denny taken during WWII.

Jack Smith & Denny Smith in Bar

Jack and Denny in a bar prior to Jack shipping off to Iwo Jima. Denny was pregnant with Curt. Probably taken in San Francisco in late 1944 or early 1945.

Jack Smith's US Marine Basic Training Platoon Photo

Platoon 234 U.S. Marine Corps, San Diego, Camp Pendleton, 1944

Iwo Jima Landing Craft

Landing craft lined up at a beach on Iwo Jima. Jack went ashore on the 3rd landing wave in the assault.

Iwo Jima Landing Beach with Mt. Suribachi

Landing craft at the beach with Mt. Suribachi in the background.

Old Glory Flies Atop Mt. Suribachi.

The American flag flies atop Mt. Suribachi surrounded my American Marines. There is an American war ship in the background.

Jack Smith & Friends

Jack and a couple friends enjoy some down time at a makeshift bar.

Jack Smith & Unidentified Friend on Iwo Jima

Jack poses with another Marine on Iwo Jima after the victory. Early 1945.

Jack Smith and Marine Officers and Enlisted Men

Jack puts in some bar time with his fellow soldiers.

Jack Smith & Fellow Marines

Jack and unidentified Marines.

Jack & Denny in the Post War Years

Jack Smith in Hawaii

Jack looks over Honolulu from the lanai of the Hawaiian Village sometime in the 1950s. He and Denny were living in Honolulu on December 7, 1941.

Denny Smith & Joseph M. Quinn

Denny with Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Joseph M. Quinn

Jack Smith with movie director Billy Wilder

Jack Smith & Times Photographer

Jack and the photographer miss the big story beneath their feet.

Jack Smith and his son Curt Smith

Jack and Curt in cowboy hats in the backyard of the Mt. Washington house.

Curt Smith & Doug Smith with John Wayne

Curt and Doug visit John Wayne on the set of "North to Alaska" about 1959 or 1960

Jack Smith and John Malmin

Jack and John head out to cover a story from The Times Globe Loby on 1st Street.

Jack & Denny in Later Years

 

Jack Smith at the Temple of Dendera, Egypt, May 1990

Photo by George Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Senior High Photo

art collector Cheech Marin