David Arlie Smith
Private First Class
Army of the United States
Cleveland, Ohio
June 06, 1947 to July 17, 1967
DAVID A SMITH is on the Wall at Panel 23E, Line 83

David A Smith
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02 Jun 2006

Dearest David, You were on this earth for only 20 years. I thank God that I had you as my brother and only sibling. Even though we fought, like most brothers and sisters, when we were little, we always knew we loved each other. You grew up to be a wonderful man and would have made a wonderful father and uncle. God gave me three boys and I got to name the first one after you. So just know that you will never be forgotten by your sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Smith) and Dennis Tidrick and your three nephews, David, Jason and Jonathan. Also, your cousins in Cleveland and West Virginia will never forget you...the Figas family in Cleveland and Lillian (Black) and Patsy Smith in West Virginia.

I treasure your many letters and I'm not sure how you wrote such great letters considering what you were going through. I framed your Bronze Star, Purple Heart, South Vietnamese Military Merit Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross. I'm so proud of you and you are truly a hero.

You had Dad with you in heaven when you got there. Since Mom passed away in 1995 you have her there too and I know she's taking wonderful care of you as she always was the best mother anyone could have and we were so lucky to have her. One of the last things she said before she passed away was that she missed you.

The first poem below was sent home by you and read at your military funeral. I'm not sure who wrote it.


In the middle of this forsaken land
Stands a soldier, gun in hand.
For my country, my life I'll give,
So the people of a free land will live.
Here I am, standing with my Squad
I bend my knees and pray to God:
Help me through this coming year,
Help me be brave and shun all fear.
God, I need you from day to day,
So please listen while I pray.
God in heaven, God on high,
Help me be brave, I'll try not to cry
For I need you every day
For your love, and to guide the way.

And from all of us: God looked around His garden and found an empty place, He then looked down upon the earth and saw your weary face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace Be Thine."

From his sister,
Linda Smith Tidrick
Huntington, Ct 06484

08 Jun 2006

I knew David as a young boy growing up playing cowboys and Indians together with my cousin. He grew into a very handsome young man knowing little fear and willing to try anything once. He faced his own father's death and became a mature individual. David accepted his responsibility to represent his Country, and after months of training and then fighting in Vietnam, his desire grew to accept the challenge to bravely and willingly fight with his fellow friends/soldiers. He died in battle suddenly with honor for his Country and for all of us as well. We miss him, love him, and know we will see him again. He was part of our family (and still is), a friend, and a Hero.

I have included a poem to David's sister - she will understand:

For happy times shared through the years,
for the loyalty,love,the laughter,and the tears,
For all the special things only you could do,
for all these things, I thank you!

Time and space may separate us,
but heartstrings know no end.
I'm proud to call you my sister,
happier still to call you my friend.

Your cousin,
E-mail address is not available.

22 Jun 2006

To an American War Hero, decorated with the Bronze Star with "V" Device for Valor in combat. He took Basic Training and served in Vietnam with one of my high school classmates, James McClure of Apache, Oklahoma. James was killed in action about two months before the Maker had you join him. Both members of the elite 9th Infantry Divsion and both Infantrymen - the backbone of the Army, the Warriors, the Fighters. Sorry I didn't know you - I am glad I now know of you. For your service to God and Country I thank you and all the other Fallen Warriors. God Bless you and tell James hello for me.

From a friend of a friend,
SgtMaj (Retired) Lanny G. Asepermy
Apache, Oklahoma
E-mail address is not available.

From The Virtual Wall:
PFC James M. McClure was one of 16 men from B Company, 2/60th Infantry, killed in an action about 6 kilometers northeast of Tan An, Long An Province, South Vietnam, on 02 May 1967.

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