Alzheimer's Disease

Saying Goodbye To The Captain, My Friend, George Smith

When George Smith died around supper time Thursday night in West Hartford, a group of retired guys who had worked together in The Courant's sports department for some 30-35 years mourned his passing and recalled certain personal memories of the man they sometimes called "The Captain.'' That was the rank he held when he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam when the war was hot.

Smith, who was 76, loved the military almost as much as he loved his family, his job, boxing and running. In retirement he wrote and had published four meticulously researched books about various World War II battles and one about Vietnam. A fifth book had been finished and was about ready for the editors...