Charles Clarence Smith, JrSpecialist Four
C TRP, 3RD SQD, 5TH CAV RGT, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
31 August 1949 - 18 April 1969
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The database page for Charles Clarence Smith, Jr
The night you died the world lost a wonderful person and a hero. Another California Boy with California Dreams of making it back to the world and making something good happen in your life.
But that was not to be ... you died a hero, by doing more than what was required of you. But then the requirements of battle and survival can't be defined exactly, can they?
I'm going to attach a newspaper clipping my mom cut out of the local paper that explains everything. Your memory will live on, and stand as a example that war is terrible and should never happen again.
Please know that you are missed. And you are loved.
See you around some day!
The following newspaper article published by "The News" newspaper in June, 1969 addresses the heroism of Charlie Smith.
9TH INFANTRY DIVISION
The 3rd/5th Cavalry was dismounted in February, 1943, and re-organized under Infantry Tables of
Organization and Equipment. It was re-organized wholly as Infantry in July, 1945, but retained its
Cavalry designation. After Korea, the 3rd/5th Cavalry was de-activated in 1958. In 1966, it was
activated for duty with the 9th Infantry Division "Old Reliables". Upon arrival, the Black Knights
joined in the Division's first major contact of the war -- Operation Colby in 1967.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009