John A. Smith III spent years trying to convince Washington that San Diego deserved a second national cemetery for its veterans. He eventually won, and days before the groundbreaking at Miramar National Cemetery, he died.

Last week he received the first casket burial there, the Los Angeles Times said today in a story about the new cemetery that doubles as a remembrance of Smith. I featured the newspaper’s story in today’s Morning Report and asked if anyone had a photo of Smith (the online version of the story didn’t have one).

Councilman Todd Gloria saw that plea and sent the above photo along. That’s Smith on the left, along with Gloria, Steve Arends, Director of Personnel Hadi Dehghani, and Allen Miliefsky.

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