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is honored on Panel 2W, Line 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • miss ya bud!!

    Posted on 11/2/17 - by
    Club, baseball, tons of laughs.Last time I saw the big galoot was in 'Nam. he and a buddy were going on R&R and somehow he found me,wonderful surprise. We killed some braincells that night.4months after I got home he died too damn soon!Always, Kaze
  • Cousin Appreciation

    Posted on 5/30/17 - by Becky Ripley
    David, I remember your fun, playful teasing and appreciation for the great outdoors. I also remember getting word of your death and feeling so very, very sad. You were due home in such a short time. May you rest in peace...
  • My husband 's good friend

    Posted on 4/27/17 - by Melissa Riley ( John Riley wife)
    My husband was in your Unit 92nd Combat Engineers and he talked about you a lot. He even had couple of pictures of you and guys playing guitar and hanging out . He never got over your death , said you were due to go home soon . I guess you are together now . Our daughters made him rubbing on The Wall on their school trips to Washington and lit candles for you . You were remembered and thank you for your sacrifice .
  • Thank you for your service

    Posted on 5/29/16 - by Sally Smits Ozinga
    I didn't know David real well, although the Smithwicks were our neighbors and his sister Nancy was a friend and classmate of mine. I will never forget the news about his death, as it was the first casualty of the Vietnam War that really affected my family and our neighborhood and how sorrowful and sympathetic we were about the Smithwick family. This Memorial Day, thank you David for your service. You are not forgotten.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 3/16/16 - by
    SP5 David G. Smithwick’s military occupational specialty (MOS) is listed as a welder. He was attached to D Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion, 159th Engineer Group. On October 30, 1971, he was on convoy duty when he was involved in a road accident in a tractor-trailer rig eight miles southwest of Phan Rang Air Base, Ninh Thuan Province, RVN. SP5 Smithwick was fatally injured in the incident. [Taken from and]
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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.

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