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is honored on Panel 40W, Line 39 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/18/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 William Gene 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 9/28/11 - by Robert Sage
    William is buried at Maguire-Fairview Cemetery in Maguire, Cleveland County, OK. PH
  • On Your Angel Day

    Posted on 10/26/09 - by 60's Girl
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country and for the sacrifice of your precious life.

    It is a privilege to be able to honor you for standing up for what was right and for the courage that you demonstrated.

    I know that there are many who say that the loss of your life was in vain and that the Vietnam War was a senseless war, but for this American that is not true. What you did for the freedom of others was not in vain but has always been and will always be an example of good and honor today and for generations to come.

    You will never be forgotten by me and I will honor your name and your sacrifice all my days.

    I pray that you have found some peace now.

    In honor of your Angel Day I leave this poem for you:

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
    Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts.
    And we are never, ever the same.” ~ Unknown
  • Billy Was My Brother

    Posted on 8/8/07 - by John Civick
    He was my brother, we grew up VERY poor in Oklahoma. He was put into an Indian orphanage in Hugo OK at about the age of 14. Why I don't know..Mom said she couldn't manage him??? She passed away and took a lot of personnal history with her and Billy's dad left when he was about the age of 5 or 6. I remember his dad sent him to the outhouse for punishment when he was a little boy and I went out to check on him and flies from the excrement were all over his face and he was alseep. I told mom about it and she got him out. Billy wanted a better life but didn't do well enough in school to pass the entrance tests for the other branches of service. He went AWOL and hung around OK (no one knew he was AWOL until the FBI came for him). He did not want to go to RVN but they escorted him there and he arrived in I believe Sept of '68 and was mortally wounded in Oct '68. Mom didn't cry at the funeral, she said she'd been hurt too much in life...I think she had a long history of depression. But that's another saga in our lives. Billy only wanted to be happy and I hope he is happier where he's at now.
  • I can still remember

    Posted on 11/16/01 - by michael robinson
    I still remember how much you wanted to get my job driving that jeep. It wasnt worth your life. If anyone knew billy gene smith,call 1-502 2392847

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