Type of Officer: Special Agent
Jurisdiction: U.S. Treasury Department
Death Date: 12/25/1937
Added to Memorial: 2007
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
United States Treasury Department Special Agent William E. Smith suffered a head injury in a vehicle crash while he and another agent were pursuing a suspected bootlegger near Mulberry, Kansas on August 11, 1937. More than four months later, Special Agent Smith was still under a doctor’s care for injuries suffered in the crash. On December 22, 1937, Special Agent Smith suffered a stroke while on duty and died three days later. Agent Smith joined the Prohibition Unit in 1920, transferred to the U.S. Customs Service in 1923 and returned to the Prohibition Unit in 1929. He was a 17 year veteran of the Treasury Department and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Special Agent Smith was survived by his wife.