Patrolman Edgar Claude Smith

Patrolman Edgar Claude Smith

Salinas Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1945

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Edgar Claude Smith

Patrolman Edgar Smith was killed in a motorcycle crash on U.S. 101, two miles north of Salinas, at about 6:30 pm.

When he arrived at the station he discovered that the radio on his motorcycle wasn't working. He drove to a mechanic's home in Monterey County to ask him to open his shop. As the two returned to the shop in Salinas another car turned left in front of him across from the Rose Room, causing a collision.

Patrolman Smith had served with the Salinas Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, two children, four brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motorcycle, routine driving

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Grandfather, today as always you are loved and remembered, especially on this Holy Easter Day.
Knowing you are present in the Glory of our Lord is a salve to our grieving hearts.

Tammy Carter

March 31, 2024

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