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is honored on Panel 14E, Line 73 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 10/27/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Four Robert Harold Smith, Served with Battery A, 2nd Battalion (Aerial Rocket Artillery), 20th Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
  • Remember you always

    Posted on 7/29/16 - by
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  • Together We Served

    Posted on 3/24/15 - by David A. Bauer
    I was inducted the same day as Robert. We rode the train together to Fort Jackson. He will always be remembered.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/29/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Robert Harold 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00517

    Posted on 10/17/12 - by

    Crew members included CAPT Willaim E. Hingston Jr. (KIA), SP4 Robert H. Smith (KIA), PFC Jimmie A. Herrera (KIA), and 1LT David C. Borgeson (rescued). Personal Account: We were on a fire mission for an infantry unit north of LZ Hammond. I don't remember the infantry unit. They were in the mountains in contact with the NVA. We were orbiting on one side of a mountain ridge and the infantry was on the other side. Communications was not good. We could not go higher because the clouds were sitting on top of the mountains. We flew over a dip in the mountain ridge to get on the other side. We started flying into a canyon and I said to Capt. Hingston that we should not fly into the canyon. He took control of the aircraft and we continued into the canyon. The last thing I remember was that we were in a right hand turn and the mountain ridge was on our left side. We were at tree top level. I remember coming down through the trees and we flared. I was knocked unconscious. When I awoke my first instinct was to get out of the ship. When I tried to move, I couldn't move my left leg. I thought maybe that I had broken my hip. I crawled out and I don't remember to much more. The infantry got to our position and I was evacuated to a hospital in Quinon. An officer from the infantry unit came to see some of his men in the hospital. He said that our helicopter flew over their position and then they heard an AK 47 open fire. We immediately went into the trees. They started moving towards our position. In the late afternoon, they were able to get a medivac for me, but everyone else had been killed in the impact. They called in a Chinook to lift out the aircraft because all 48 rockets were still on board plus the radios. The rockets looked like mushrooms, but none had exploded. The Chinook took so much hostile fire that they gave up on the evac for the night. The infantry had to sit on the downed bird for the night and they were not too happy about that. The next morning the Chinook came in and was able to lift out the aircraft and took it to LZ Hammond. Billie Woods was the AC of the other aircraft on our flight. He said he knew we were down, but didn't know where. They searched for us as long as possible and then returned to LZ Hammond. I don't think he realized that we had gone to the other side of the ridge from our original orbit. I was eventually moved to Okinawa for rehabilitation. As it turned out, I didn't break any bones. The doctors called it soft tissue damage. It took about six weeks before I was fairly mobile and could return to duty. (From: Dave Borgeson, April 2000) [Taken from]

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