JOHN J SMALLWOOD
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 119 OF THE WALL

JOHN JACKIE SMALLWOOD

WALL NAME

JOHN J SMALLWOOD

PANEL / LINE

1W/119

DATE OF BIRTH

10/07/1945

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/16/1973

HOME OF RECORD

MARIETTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cobb County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN JACKIE SMALLWOOD
POSTED ON 6.16.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant John Jackie Smallwood, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over hostile territory on 2 June 1972. On that date, Lieutenant Smallwood was the lead Weapon Systems Officer of a four-ship combat air patrol operating in a heavily defended area to protect a friendly strike force from opposing aircraft. Skillfully utilizing aircraft systems, Lieutenant Smallwood avoided lethal surface-to-air missiles, deadly accurate anti-aircraft fire, and repeatedly navigated the flight to counter multiple hostile fighter thrusts toward the strike force which led to engaging and destroying an attacking aircraft. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Smallwood has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/54124
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POSTED ON 6.16.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain John Jackie Smallwood, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4E Weapons Systems Officer in Southeast Asia on 29 July 1972. On that date, Captain Smallwood led a flight of two F-4's deep into hostile territory, within fifteen miles of a hostile fighter base, to search for a downed aircrew. Despite the multiple threat from surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and hostile fighters, Captain Smallwood relentlessly searched the area of the downed crewmembers, attempting to locate the survivors. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Smallwood reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/54124
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POSTED ON 3.9.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap. John Smallwood, Thank you for your service as a Weapons Systems Officer. You are still MIA. Please come home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Winter will end soon, and Lent has begun. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Be at peace.
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POSTED ON 10.5.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never forget.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.7.2017
POSTED BY: Charles R. Speh

A True Southern Gentleman

Jack and I were classmates at Mather AFB, and I and the privilege of refuelling Jack "KARST" and Maj. Phil "HANDS" Handley on June 2, 1972, minutes after they downed a Mig. I recognised Jack's Southern accent immediately.

I shall raise A glass in memory of Jack and Maj. Cornelius on June 16th, as I do each year in tribute to two true HEROES.
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