ROBERT J SMITH
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 19 OF THE WALL

ROBERT JOHN SMITH

WALL NAME

ROBERT J SMITH

PANEL / LINE

2E/19

DATE OF BIRTH

10/15/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/25/1965

HOME OF RECORD

SCARBORO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cumberland County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A1C

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT JOHN SMITH
POSTED ON 7.6.2016

Ground Casualty

On June 25, 1965, two powerful terrorists’ bombs exploded in quick succession besides a crowded floating restaurant on the Saigon River, killing at least 38 and wounding about 75. Eight of the dead and 10 of the wounded were Americans. The terrorist strike, about 500 yards from the United States Embassy, was the bloodiest of its kind up to that point in the Vietnam War. The blasts from shore slashed across the luxuriously appointed decks of the restaurant, the My Canh, at about 8:15 PM. The blast broke windows as far as two blocks away. American investigators said one of the bombs was a powerful shaped charge—possibly an American Claymore electric mine—planted into the bank of the river near the restaurant’s awning-covered gangplank. The other was a bicycle bomb. The eight American killed in the blast were military personnel. They included MSGT Douglas H. D'Orsay, A1C Robert J. Smith, A1C Michael E. Widener, PO1C German P. Acosta, SFC Alfred Coombs Jr., PFC Michael J. Ihnat, PFC James T. Brown Jr., and SSGT Charles A. Williamson [“Saigon Bomb Kills 38 in Floating Restaurant.” Chicago Tribune, June 26, 1965]
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POSTED ON 6.25.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you A1C Smith for your skill and courage/
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POSTED ON 6.25.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear A1C Robert John 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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POSTED ON 6.25.2005
POSTED BY: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Not forgotten

Robert, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today.
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