EDWARD B SMITH
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HONORED ON PANEL 4E, LINE 95 OF THE WALL

EDWARD BRUCE SMITH

WALL NAME

EDWARD B SMITH

PANEL / LINE

4E/95

DATE OF BIRTH

11/26/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/25/1966

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EDWARD BRUCE SMITH
POSTED ON 3.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Burial information

PFC Edward Bruce Smith is buried at The Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
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POSTED ON 3.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Edward Smith, Thank you for your service with the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry. 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 5.11.2016

Thank You

Dear Edward,
I hope that you knew James Patrick O'Donnell as a friend.
You and him and everyone else on that plane did a great service to our country.
So thank you for giving us freedom

God Bless You
Hayden S. O'Donnell
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POSTED ON 8.30.2015

Final Mission of PFC Edward B. Smith

On January 25, 1966, three days prior to the start of Operation Masher, a division-size sweep mission, COL Harold Moore's 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cav Division (5,700 men) prepared to strike at its objectives. Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division were being redeployed by aircraft when tragedy beset the cavalrymen. A Fairchild C-123K Provider (serial #54-0702) from the 311th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Group, 13th Air Force mysteriously slammed into a mountainside near An Khe, killing all aboard. All told, 46 men, including the entire crew of the plane, were lost. It was raining and the cloud ceiling was at just 300 feet when the transport plane took off from An Khe for the short flight to the base camp of the 1st Calvary Division. Apart from the 42 passengers, the aircraft carried a load of ammunition and grenades. Shortly after takeoff the airplane flew into a hillside as it attempted to return to An Khe. Reportedly, the airplane had suffered an engine fire just prior to impacting the hillside. The Provider struck trees inverted as it crashed, which was witnessed by squad of 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry troops guarding the pass. Investigators later found evidence of a fire in the No. 2 engine. Recovery team personnel were tormented by what they found at the crash site. “The bodies were badly torn,” said LTC Kenneth Mertel. “It was not as bad to get killed on the battlefield, if one had to.” It would be the worst air crash in Vietnam to date involving US troops. Those lost included USAF crew members CAPT Harry R. Crumley, CAPT Edward C. Handly, SSGT Leonard Williams, and SSGT Richard D. Youtsey. The 42 Army troops of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry from Camp Radcliff included PFC Charles E. Alston, PFC Charles R Ashley Jr., SGT Robert C. Bowman, PFC Monte D. Brooks, PFC Johnnie L. Brown, SGT James P. O’Donnell, SP4 Gary R. Bryant, PFC David E. Burkes, SGT James P. Coats, PFC Paul M. Bell, PFC Billy C. Deweese, SP4 Eugene D. Dollar, PFC Dean J. Elichko, PSGT Charles L. Eschbach, SSGT Samuel P. Giffard, SP4 Donald R. Gribler, PFC Jerome Herrington, SGT John D. Hetterly Sr., PFC Woodie L. Hicks, SGT Radford D. Hogan, SSGT David Hunter, PFC Joseph James, PFC Walter B. Johnson, SP4 Daniel G. Mechling, SSGT Edward Y. C. Kim, PFC Woodrow W. King Jr., SSGT Wencesleo Kuilan, PFC Ray D. Ledford, PFC Edward N. Leonard, PFC Ronald A. Marsh, SP4 Donald T. Mitchell, 2LT Bobbie E. Nolen, PFC Stephen M. Pashman, SGT Henry Pasley, PFC William J. Phillips, PFC Edward B. Smith, SP4 Eugene C. Summers, SP5 Robert Tiller, PFC Westovel Venable, SGT Frank W. Williams Jr., and PFC Harold E. Willis. [Taken from togetherweserved.com and other web sources]
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POSTED ON 1.25.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you PFC Smith for your courage in dangerous times, in a dangerous place.
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