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Leighton W. Smith

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There were a lot of people who were willing to write a letter for me. Not because I was academically inclined, but because I worked hard.
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On his admission to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958 as an appointment of US congressman Frank W. Boykin, as quoted in Afterburner : Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War (2004) by John Darrell Sherwood, Ch. 20 : Leighton Warren Smith and the Fall of Thanh Hoa, p. 272

 
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