EDWARD D SMITH JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 123 OF THE WALL

EDWARD DEWILTON SMITH JR

WALL NAME

EDWARD D SMITH JR

PANEL / LINE

2W/123

DATE OF BIRTH

11/29/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/29/1972

HOME OF RECORD

RED CREEK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EDWARD DEWILTON SMITH JR
POSTED ON 6.20.2019
POSTED BY: Lewis Colon

still wearing your bracelet..

Hope you enjoy all the motorcycle rides we take together. I even volunteer with the Military Order of the Purple Heart getting as many cities and counties to become Purple Heart Cities, thus HONORING and REMEMBERING the wounded and fallen. God Bless you
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POSTED ON 11.29.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Master Sergeant Edward Dewilton Smith Jr., Served with the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 9.17.2017
POSTED BY: Mady Flynn

Your Bracelet

HI Dave - I too have your Dad's bracelet that I wore for many, many years in hopeful remembrance of his service. Tonight is the airing of the special series for the Vietnam war and I pulled out the bracelet I have kept safe in my jewelry box and we found this website. Please contact me as I would love to send it to you. We thank him for his service to our great country.
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POSTED ON 5.11.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SSGT Edward D. Smith Jr.

Final Mission of SSGT Edward D. Smith Jr.
On the night of March 29, 1972, an AC-130A Hercules "Spectre" gunship (#55-0044, nicknamed "Prometheus") departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a night reconnaissance mission over supply routes used by North Vietnamese forces in Laos. The crew of the aircraft consisted of pilots MAJ Irving B. Ramsower II and 1LT Charles J. Wanzel III, the navigator, MAJ Henry P. Brauner, and crew members MAJ Howard D. Stephenson, CAPT Curtis D. Miller, CAPT Barclay B. Young, CAPT Richard Castillo, CAPT Richard C. Halpin, SSGT Merlyn L. Paulson, SSGT Edwin J. Pearce, SSGT Edward D. Smith Jr., SSGT James K. Caniford; and Airmen First Class (A1C) William A. Todd and (A1C) Robert E. Simmons. As the aircraft was in the jungle foothills 56 miles east of Savannakhet in southern Laos, it was shot down by at least one, possibly two Russian surface to air missiles (SAM). According to the F-4 Phantom II pilots escorting the ship, the AC-130 was in a valley a few miles west of Tchepone, Laos. The gunship was working over targets in the area. Visibility was about four miles with scattered clouds at 6,000 feet. The aircraft was illuminated by the full moon to the west, a gunners' moon. Triple-A (anti-aircraft fire) was moderate, nothing unusual, until the fighter pilots saw a SAM launch from their port side. It rose up in an arc headed for the AC-130. As the gunship rolled right to avoid the first SAM, two more were fired at it from different locations. There was no way out as they were bracketed. The escort pilots agreed, he took a hit on the right wing inboard engine and an explosion and fire resulted. As the gunship started to drop down, another explosion occurred and something large and flaming was seen to separate from the aircraft. "There was no mayday call," said the Phantom pilot. "We heard a couple beepers very distinctly, but all we could see down there in the darkness were fires on the ground." This word that a number of beepers were heard caused speculation that the North Vietnamese were trying to lure rescue crews into an ambush. U.S. government sources stated in February 1986 that a fighter escort plane reported that the aircraft crashed in a fireball, no parachutes were seen, nor was radio contact made with the AC-130 or any of its crew. In 1972, however, the Pearce family was told that an F-4 support plane traveling with the AC-130 heard "so many beepers they couldn't count them" and that the emergency beeper type carried by the crew could only be activated manually. The Pearce family took this as strong proof that a number of the crew survived. The support aircraft plane left the area to refuel. When it returned, there were no signs of life. The U.S. and Laos excavated this aircraft's crash site in February 1986. The teams recovered a limited number of human bone fragments, personal effects and large pieces of plane wreckage. It was later announced by the U.S. Government that the remains of Castillo, Halpin, Ramsower, Simmons, Todd, Paulson, Pearce, Wanzel and Smith had been positively identified from these bone fragments. They were interred in Arlington National Cemetery on June 18, 2010. [Taken from pownetwork.org and us-mil-thai.tripod.com]
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POSTED ON 9.28.2015
POSTED BY: Betty

Dear Brother

It's Fall again and getting closer to your birthday. You are always heavy on my heart, but especially this time of year. I'll always remember you as a young man, not the 71 year old you would be this year. You would be so proud of your sons and grandsons, you have three, by the way!! They are all wonderful young men. When life gets me down, I think about you and all you are missing and feel ashamed for being down!! Bill is getting better. He is beginning to get his PTSD under control without the meds. He still feels guilty because he came home and you didn't. Love you with all my heart.
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