WILLIAM S SMOYER
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HONORED ON PANEL 50W, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM STANLEY SMOYER

WALL NAME

WILLIAM S SMOYER

PANEL / LINE

50W/28

DATE OF BIRTH

10/02/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/28/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PRINCETON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mercer County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM STANLEY SMOYER
POSTED ON 5.28.2024
POSTED BY: Dr. Sarah Lamm-White

Memorial Day, 5/27/24

I remember William Stanley Smoyer 2nd LT, Marines, today, and every day since he was KIA in Vietnam on 7/28/68. For all that knew him and loved him, we honor his courage and miss him every day. Yes, he sacrificed his life for a worthy war, and sacrificed his life.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2024
POSTED BY: Sarah Lamm-White

William Stanley Smoyer

Than you for your service! Your life and death changed my life forever!
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POSTED ON 1.14.2024

Final Mission of 2LT William S. Smoyer

Operation Mameluke Thrust (May 19 - October 23, 1968) was a U.S. Marine Corps operation southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The 1st Marine Division was ordered to conduct spoiling attacks into the valleys west of Da Nang and around Thuong Duc Special Forces (SF) Camp. The loss of nearby Kham Duc SF Camp a week earlier raised concerns that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) would next seek to overrun Thuong Duc. As part of the operation, the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines were tasked with keeping National Route QL-5 open to An Hoa, and QL-14 open to Thuong Duc. On July 27th, Company K, 3/7, began a sweep into the southwestern “Dodge City” area, a region known to be the staging area and command post for NVA and Viet Cong troops planning attacks on U.S. bases at Da Nang located 10 miles south. At 2:00 PM the following day, 2nd Platoon, K/3/7, was moving through an open rice field at Giao Nghi, five kilometers (3.0 miles) east of the Dai Loc-Ai Nghia Bridge, when they began receiving heavy machine gun and automatic weapons fire from an estimated reinforced NVA company concealed in bunkers in a tree line. The rest of K Company moved to assist and became pinned down with 2nd Platoon in the open rice paddy with little cover. The Marines returned fire with unit weapons and called artillery and air strikes on the enemy positions. L/3/7 and a platoon from M/3/7 were dispatched to assist the beleaguered Marines who were unable to move in any direction. With the supporting arms, the Marines assaulted the enemy fortifications, enabling others to retrieve their fallen comrades. Eighteen Marines and one Navy corpsman were killed in the fighting and another 40 were wounded requiring evacuation. The lost personnel included 2LT William S. Smoyer, SSGT David L. Brooks, HM3 Wayne M. Caron (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), CPL Edward J. Downs (posthumously awarded the Silver Star), CPL Philip L. Gosselin, CPL Daniel E. Lloyd, CPL Anthony C. Pino, CPL John R. Serrano (posthumously awarded the Silver Star), LCPL George S. Johnson, LCPL Douglas M. Kelly, LCPL Robert C. Lee, LCPL James C. Markel Jr., LCPL Carl R. Miller, LCPL Raphael J. Rendon, LCPL Richard E. Urban, PFC John M. Lancaster, PFC Jorge Martinez (posthumously awarded the Silver Star), PVT John E. Rice, and PVT John J. Till. Enemy losses were put at five NVA dead. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Command Chronology [3d Bn 7th Marines” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 1.8.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your sister Nancy in which she quotes remembrances from others who knew you attest to their admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever…
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POSTED ON 9.2.2022
POSTED BY: Nancy Smoyer

Edgartown (Mass.) Tennis Club

This picture is in the Edgartown (Mass.) Tennis Club.
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