General Jacob Edward Smart served the nation with distinction during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. General Smart is a native of Ridgeland, South Carolina. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During World War II he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and spent 11 months as a prisoner of war. Smart was promoted to brigadier general in 1951. For his service in the Korean War, Smart was awarded the decoration of Ulchi by the Republic of Korea and the Distinguished Service Medal by the United States. General Smart received his fourth star as commander in chief of the U.S. Air Forces in Japan during the Vietnam War.