He served in the Navy for 23 years and then as a civilian for another 20 years at Bldg 1500 Photo School in
Pensacola, serving until the school was moved to Fort Meade. He entered the Navy on 21 May 1956 and retired on 31 July 1979. PHC Smyth served with VAP-62, VFP-63, RVAH-3, and RVAH-7 as well as teaching at Bldg 1500 Photo School on two different occasions. PHC Smyth earned the Expert Pistol Shot (2 awards), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Vietnam Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal (6 awards). He started back at Photo School as a civilian in February of 1980 and worked there until the school closed. He finished his civil service at NATTC Pensacola as a Master Training Specialist before finally retiring in December of 2000. He was active in Habitat for Humanity before he was diagnosed with liver cancer in November of 2001. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Smyth; Michael Smyth, son; Penny Casey, daughter, and John Casey; Patrick Smyth, son, and Fran Smyth; his grand- children , John Jr., Samantha, J.D., Leah, Sean, and Rosemary; and numerous other family members.