Conservation Officer Carlyle B. Smith

Conservation Officer Carlyle B. Smith

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, May 11, 1943

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Carlyle B. Smith

Conservation Officer Carlyle Smith succumbed to exposure after his boat capsized in the cold waters of the Maple River between Bridgeville and Maple Rapids.

He was searching for illegal fishing nets when the boat capsized. He was able to pull the boat, motor, and some of his equipment to shore and then started walking the three miles back to Bridgeville. He succumbed to exposure and overexertion before making it back to Bridgeville.

A massive search was initiated after he failed to return. His body wasn't located until May 11th, 1943.

Officer Smith had served with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Hypothermia
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 17, 1943

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Officer Smith,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Michigan. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 11, 2023

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