I hope we meet one-day Major, cousin to cousinPosted on 3/1/16 - by Francis E. Smiley III Smiley@ASEProd.comDear Major Francis E Smiley,MORE
I have been told that you were named after my Grandfather, Frank E. Smiley, Sr. from Yeadon, PA. I was shocked when I saw my name on the Vietnam Memorial as a freshman at Catholic University in DC 1986 and began my research. It is no shock to find you were a selfless individual who gave his life helping others. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice for the betterment of our great country. I hope to meet one-day surrounded by Smiley's to explain to you how seeing our name on that wall affected me. Peace to you Major. I am truly honored to call you family.
A Fallen Aviator ...Posted on 7/18/14 - by Francis E. SmileyI am a distant cousin with your name. I am Francis Edward Smiley IV from the Denver Smileys. I did not know you, but I flew in combat in Southeast Asia a few years after you. I honor your courage and service. I saw an apt phrase recently ... "All the brave ones died in the war."MORE
In my experience, it is true and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice.
GrandpaPosted on 1/26/14 - by MargaretHey Grandpa, we never met but I think about you all the time. I was thinking about you today because we're learning about Vietnam and cousin Frankie just hung up your medals. I love you and cannot thank you enough for your service for our country.MORE
Your Granddaughter Margaret
A Great Man and Best FatherPosted on 12/27/13 - by Joy SmileyWe miss you Daddy. You were the best dad and now you have Tige and Mom up there with you and Peggy. We love you forever.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/26/13 - by Curt CarterDear Major Francis Edward Smiley, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.