Ian Douglas Smith was born April 8th 1919 in the town of Selukwe, Southern Rhodesia. In 1964 Smith became Prime Minister of Rhodesia. Ian Smith died peacefully in Cape Town, South Africa on November 20, 2007, at the age of 88.
Ian Smith completed his early education in Gwelo and continued on to the Rhodes University in South Africa to study for a degree in commerce. When Wold War II broke out in Europe, Smith put aside his studies, and immediately volunteered for with the British Royal Air Force to fight against the evils of Nazism. In the RAF Smith served with No. 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron. Smith did not suspect that nearly twenty five years later he would be fighting the evils of Marxism and dictatorship at home in Rhodesia.