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On the east side of Jenkins Hall is a 1941 U.S. Coast Guard buoy bell. This was given by Major Bayfield Whilden Smoak, Jr., U.S.A.F. (Ret.) (1925-2005), Class of 1951, to honor and commemorate those Citadel graduates who lost their lives at sea during World War II and the Korean War. Major Smoak served in the Navy during World War II. While serving in the Pacific theatre, he was on two ships that were sunk by the Japanese. He was an important fundraiser for The Citadel. It was due to his efforts that the national Naval Archives gave the buoy bell to The Citadel. (Sources: "Citadel Given Memorial Bell," Brigadier, March 18, 1977, p. 4; Jack Guedalia, "Bayfield W. Smoak," Post and Courier, September 1, 2005, p. 10A; "Smoak, Jr., Bayfield," Post and Courier, August 25, 2005, p. 5B) (HN & DH)

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