The Veterans Memorial Day Association of Park Ridge has named the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Memorial Day Parade.
World War II Veteran Richard F. Smaus of Park Ridge will serve at the post for the parade planned for a 10 a.m. start on Monday, May 28. Smaus was raised in Downers Grove and earned his bachelor’s degree at Knox College. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in early 1943 and trained as a pilot in Alabama and Indiana. He flew 38 combat and reconnaissance missions as a B-25 pilot out of Townsville, Australia over Indonesia and Borneo during World War II. He also flew missions over Lae, Wewak, Hollandia, Biak Island, the Phillipines, Mindinao, Leyte, Mindoro, Pelilieu island and Anguar. He was sent home in late 1945 and joined the Air Force Reserve.