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is honored on Panel 52E, Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • My Best Friend In AIT — Never Forgot Him

    Posted on 12/10/17 - by Jim Sheehan
    I just found this (12/10/17), because my daughter (38) is in D.C. and asked if I could give her Mike’s information (she remembered me talking about him) before she visited the wall. I went online to try to verify my memory of Mike’s dates and Omaha hometown (I was born/raised in suburban Detroit). We were together in Advanced Infantry Training at Fort McClellan (fall of 1967) in Anniston, Alabama. We both went to Vietnam and the11th Infantry Brigade (separate battalions). We corresponded during the first few months in Vietnam. I found out Mike had died when my company was back at LZ Bronco in Duc Pho and I heard his Company was also there. I went to find him and after being shuffled around, I was told what happened to him. I couldn’t believe it. Mike was a smart, funny/witty, thoughtful, kind, friendly guy with a great smile. I’ve though of Mike many times and like to think we would have remained good friends had he lived. Sadly, I haven’t been to the wall myself, but now plan on going with my wife. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried when I found this entry about Mike. My daughter sent me a picture of Mike’s name on the Wall.
  • Son, Brother & Friend

    Posted on 7/10/16 - by Barb Smith
    PFC Michael F. Smith
    Co. B - 4th Inf.
    11th Lt. Inf. Bde.
    3/20/49 - 4/29/68
    Ready Smile, Wicked Wit, Kind Soul
    Canary Yellow 56 Chevy with a Hurst Gear Shift & a
    12" steering wheel.
    Beach Boys, Casey Kasem & Sock Hops
    Musician - Steel, Bass guitar, harmonica
    Band that had only 1 paying gig.
    Son, brother and friend.
    We love you and will Never Forget!!!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/6/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Michael Francis Smith, sir

    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

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/5/10 - by Robert Sage
    Mike is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, NE. PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/27/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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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.

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