CLIFTON B SMITH
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HONORED ON PANEL 31E, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

CLIFTON BRADLEY SMITH

WALL NAME

CLIFTON B SMITH

PANEL / LINE

31E/17

DATE OF BIRTH

02/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/30/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MIDLAND CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dale County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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LEFT FOR CLIFTON BRADLEY SMITH
POSTED ON 3.14.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Clifton Smith, Thank you for your service as an Antitank Assaultman. I researched you on your 76th birthday, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Winter will end soon, and it is Lent. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels
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POSTED ON 11.30.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Clifton B. Smith

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lance Corporal
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Clifton B. Smith (MCSN: 2287748), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Squad Leader with Company H, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 November 1967 during Operation Kentucky, Lance Corporal Smith's battalion was conducting a search and destroy operation in the vicinity of Con Thien when the lead elements of the unit suddenly came under heavy machine gun, mortar and small arms fire from a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force estimated to be of battalion size. During the ensuing fire fight, his company was directed to execute an envelopment of the enemy positions. While leading his squad through a heavily wooded area, Lance Corporal Smith alertly detected the source of enemy small arms fire and grenades which were harassing his unit and, after directing his companions to remain in position, fearlessly exposed himself to the hostile fire as he quickly ran forward, and threw a grenade directly into an enemy bunker. As a result of his aggressive attack and courageous disregard for his own personal safety, two North Vietnamese soldiers were killed, significantly reducing the volume of hostile fire in the area. Subsequently, three Marines inadvertently detonated an enemy explosive device and were seriously wounded. Demonstrating bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his fellow Marines, Lance Corporal Smith unhesitatingly maneuvered forward to assist the injured men when he accidentally detonated a booby trap in the heavily mined area and was mortally wounded. His steadfast determination and courageous actions were an inspiration to all who observed him. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
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POSTED ON 7.10.2016
POSTED BY: Bobby Hartzog

50th class reunion

We honored Clifton "Coon" Smith last at DCHS high school reunion. Many good things said, not forgotten. Was in his class, played football with him. Good friend z& teammate
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POSTED ON 6.16.2015
POSTED BY: Robbie Yeomans Edwards

I loved him dearly.

Not only was he a great cousin but a great person all around. One of the best foorball players at Dale County High. He was an honorable man and loved his country and he willingly gave his life for all of us.
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POSTED ON 11.3.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Clifton Bradley 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
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