Herschel is the son of Mary Ann Smith of Macon and the late Herschel Smith Jr. He is the grandson of Cora and Dr Herschel Smith, GSW’s first physician. Herschel also is the brother of Kay Dee Green of Macon, Chief Judge of the Superior Court Rucker Smith of Americus, and Lee Smith of Forsyth. His family has an unbroken string of 6 generations of military veterans. Smith is married to the former Pam Ingram of Dallas, Texas. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Smith was born and raised in Americus, graduated from Americus High School and is an Eagle Scout with Troop 21. He has a BS from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and has masters degrees in Telecommunication Systems, International Relations, and National Security and Strategic Studies. He has over 600 landings on 5 different aircraft carriers flying F-4 and F-18 fighters. Commander Smith retired from the US Navy after 25 years of service and then spent 21 years as a pilot for Southwest Airlines