His middle name was Baines
Final Mission of SP4 Douglas B. Smith
Salute to a Fallen Veteran
Remembering An American Hero
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
Recalling those moments before you left us.
Smitty, it's been 44 years now since the four of us were on OP on the side of that mountain (Chur Ya Krei). They shot us all in seconds; and descended upon our position in no time. As you know; You, Berny, and Tom did not make it. I will always wonder, 'Why did I survive that day'. As I laid there wounded and disorientated, my Lord Jesus sent me a protector. I waited a few seconds to see if you guys would fire back, but there was only silence. Buddy, I then knew You, Berny & Tom were severly wounded. Before they left, the enemy tried to shoot us all again. I could feel the bullets hit the dirt within inches of me. A lot of things have happened since then. I pray that you-all are in a better place than this planet. Bye Buddy!
Kim R Grice