Cornelius Cole Smith Jr. was born in Arizona in 1914. Smith came from a military background which influenced his future art work of military themes. His father commanded Fort Huachuca in Arizona in 1918-19. The younger Smith returned to Fort Huachuca in the 1970s to serve as the post's centennial coordinator. Primarily a watercolorist, he wrote and illustrated the books "Crook and Crazy Horse" and "A Hell of a Christmas."
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