Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/3/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear PFC Winston Osborne Smith, 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, Sir
Never ForgottenPosted on 11/27/11 MORE
We RememberPosted on 8/6/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comWinston is buried at Eleazar Cemetery, Mt Vernon,TN. BSM PH
winston smithPosted on 8/6/05 - by niece kristy mc daniel firstname.lastname@example.org never got to meet my uncle jimmy but the stories i have heard he was a great person. i just want him to know that i love him even though i never met him. love your niece kristy.MORE
The namesPosted on 5/19/04 - by Tasha TeagueIn honor of your ultimate sacrifice to guarantee the freedom we enjoy and many times take for granted, The 8th grade class of Vonore Elementry School made it our goal to travle to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and "BRING BACK THE NAMES" of our Heros from Monroe County Tennessee. On May the 9th 2004 we reached our goal as we arrived back in Vonore we aboarded the bus that had taken twenty nine of our fellow students, two teachers and nine parents to Washington, D.C. to see and your fellow fallen solders names not only returned home but returned home together. I would also like to say that I am so glad that you made that ultimate sacrafice to go and fight for my freedom.MORE
It was cold for June...Posted on 1/23/02 - by Winston StakelyPFC Smith was buried back here in the mountains he so loved. It was in June of 1969. It was unseasonably chilly for that time of year. Such a sad homecoming for a quiet young man.MORE
He was nicknamed "Jimmy" by his family. He had 4 brothers and 5 sisters. A fine bunch of people the Smith family was and is.
Jimmy's father is gone now, too. So is his sister (Rose). I wish my kids could have met their Uncle Jimmy.
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1/46th Inf, 198th/196th Bde. AmericalPosted on 2/16/01 - by Veterans, 1st Bn. 46th Inf. 198/196 Bdes. AmericalSlip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop that steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-laden 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.MORE
Winston Osborne Smith was a member of Charlie Company, First Battalion, 46th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He is honored here by the veterans of 1/46th.
"The Professionals," of 1/46 came in-country via the USS Upshur on October 4, 1967 as part of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. The 198th became part of the Americal Division. After one month of orientation at Duc Pho, the battalion was deployed north of Chu Lai and patrolled from Hill 54, Hill 69, LZ Young and LZ Baldy in Quang Tin Province. In March of 1969, the battalion moved to LZ Professional, in the mountains southwest of Tien Phuoc, Quang Tin Province, to relieve a battered 1/52 Infantry of the 198th. In July of 1969, 1/46, which had been operating under operational control of the 196th LIB of the Americal, became a permanent member of that brigade. The battalion operated from LZ Professional until August of 1970. In February of 1970, the battalion established a temporary firebase at LZ Mary Ann, at a remote mountain site near Hau Duc, Quang Tin Province. The battalion returned to Mary Ann in the summer of 1970 and operated from there and LZ Young, which was between Tien Phuoc and Tam Ky, during 1970 and 1971. The battalion left Mary Ann in April of 1971 when the Americal Division was deactivated and the 196th Brigade reverted to its status as an independent brigade and deployed at Danang, to provide security for the port. In June, 1972, 1/46 left Vietnam. Of the names on this wall, 233 of them, close to half the battalion's actual field strength at any given time in Vietnam, were members of 1/46, or died while deployed with us.
Cold orange juice with SmittyPosted on 12/3/98 - by Alan Johnson, C 1/46 196 LIBSmitty, we called him. Sometimes, we weren't too original with nicknames. He died May 14, 1969, while his squad was leading a taskforce from Charlie Co. in an attempt to break through an enemy cordon to link with Alpha Company and Echo Recon, who had been pined down for three days. I was his medic. I sat next to him as we rested before the platoon moved out. The last words Smitty spoke to me, as we were complaining about the heat,was, "A glass of cold orange juice would do me real good about now." Five others died with Smitty that day.MORE
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.