By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
Thanks to the generosity of past marksmen, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has added a new pistol trophy to the National Matches that will recognize the High Army New Shooter during the President’s-National Trophy Individual Aggregate – comprised of competitor scores combined from two of the most prestigious competitions conducted at the annual event.
The MSG Aubrey E. Smith II Memorial Trophy was donated by the Military Marksmanship Association, an organization of retired Army marksmen members. The Association also donated a trophy to the CMP National Matches Long Range series at last year’s event. The MSG Aubrey E. Smith II Memorial Trophy will be a bronze sculpture that will be awarded at the respected Pistol Awards Ceremony, held at the Hough Theater on the grounds of Camp Perry in July.
The CMP is honored to present the trophy to future generations of marksmanship excellence and is grateful to the Military Marksmanship Association for its considerate contribution. To learn more about the Military Marksmanship Association, visit their website at www.militarymarksmanship.org.
About MSG Aubrey Smith:
Aubrey Smith enlisted in the Army on December 5, 1945, at age 15. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1952 and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division in Fort Hood, Texas, where he began competitive pistol shooting with 4th MED Tank Bn in 1954. That same year, he competed in the All Army Pistol Matches and eventually traveled to the National Matches as a member of the All Army Team. He continued his streak of competing at Camp Perry annually until 1974.
When the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit was activated, MSG Smith was assigned to the unit in September 1957 – one of the first groups of pistol shooters to be assigned to the unit. He began International Pistol Shooting in 1958 and was selected for the U.S. Team for the World Championships held in Moscow.
During his military career, he competed in three World Championships, three Pan American Games and one CISM Championships, where he earned Six Gold and Three Silver medals. He also holds the International Distinguished Badge #18, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge and Presidents Hundred Medal.
Other assignments and achievements include:
- 1968 Military advisor U.S. Army Vietnam
- 1971 NCOIC and Head Coach, U.S. Army Pistol Team
- 1972 1st SGT 60th Avn, CO., U.S. Army Vietnam
- 1973 and 1974, NCOIC
- Head Coach, U.S. Army Pistol Team
- Bronze Star w/ OLC
- Commendation Medal w/OLC
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Korean Service Medal w/4 stars
- Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star and Palm
- Vietnam Service Medal w/6 stars
- WWII Victory Medal
About the National Matches:
The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, is a four-week long mix of original CMP matches along with traditional pistol, smallbore, highpower rifle and long range rifle competitions and clinics. Off the firing line, Commercial Row features dozens of vendors suited to an assortment of marksmanship material needs. Whether competing for the first time, a seasoned athlete or simply coming to see what’s happening, the National Matches has something for everyone.