JAMES L SMITH
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 108 OF THE WALL

JAMES LEROY SMITH

WALL NAME

JAMES L SMITH

PANEL / LINE

5W/108

DATE OF BIRTH

04/05/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/15/1971

HOME OF RECORD

PINEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wyoming County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES LEROY SMITH
POSTED ON 11.29.2006
POSTED BY: Charles Reilly

True Hero of the Rangers

LT James Smith served "L" Company Rangers valiantly and died while on a rescue mission to save a wounded Ranger. It wasn't the first time he had volunteered for such a mission and had been previously wounded before his tragic death. He was one of the most respected officers in the company and a great friend and leader to all who knew him. He is missed severely, but will always be remembered.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2006
POSTED BY: Sgt. M. Nichols, 75th Inf., 101st ABN Div

My Platoon Leader

Lt. Smith, you were my platoon leader. You taught me how to be a Ranger in combat. I will forever and always remember the night we talked discussing life and everything else. I knew after that night that I was in the presence of a great leader and potential future General of the United States Army. The night you died, I remember listening to every radio conversation. You were truly an American Hero that night and it was an honor and a privilege on my part to have served with you. It's true, the good die young. I will never forget you and I know you are with GOD now.
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POSTED ON 6.1.2005
POSTED BY: Dave Avery

Who Shall We Send

"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

Isaiah 6:8

Ewiges Restgeben An Ihn
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POSTED ON 4.17.2005
POSTED BY: Jane Fulkerson

Eagle Remembered

James Leroy Smith was born April 5, 1944 and his home of record was Pineville, West Virginia. He was a 1961 graduate of Pineville High School. He then attended West Virginia State College and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964.

James was chosen to attend the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1969.

He attended AIT at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Ranger Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

In Vietnam he served with the 75th Rangers, 101st Airborne Division. He was killed in a helicopter crash in an attempted rescue of a fellow Ranger.

He was survived by his parents, Andrew and Billie (Coen) Smith. Also surviving were three brothers: William Ted, John Lewis and Robert Wayne. Also surviving were his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Coen.

Lt. Smith is buried in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Beckley, West Virginia: Garden # 3 (Everlasting Life) Lot 39 Block A Space 3

God rest your soul, James.

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POSTED ON 11.12.2003
POSTED BY: Alex Roth

Thank you

As a class project my U.S. History class at Gridley High School in Gridley, Illinois will always remember you for giving your life in order to help the United States of America provide a bright and hopeful future to its citizens. You will always and forever be in our hearts and minds for this heroic feat of courage.
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