Lloyd Edgar SmithSpecialist Four
A CO, 2ND BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
02 October 1945 - 22 June 1967
Portales, New Mexico
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The database page for Lloyd Edgar Smith
Lloyd is still deeply missed by all those who loved and knew him. He was 22 years old at the time of his death. As a sister, it is so hard to read about what occurred during the battle that took so many brave lives, especially my brother's life. However, when a son, brother, husband, father, etc. is killed fighting for the Country we all hold so dear to our hearts we want to know what, where, how and when it occurred. Thanks to goes to all those that took the time to tell your story about the events that took place at Dak To on June 22, 1967. I for one can not thank you enough.
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe "Battle of the Slopes" began as a routine search and destroy mission conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry. Early on 22 July A Company left its night laager with 2nd Platoon in the lead, then 3rd Platoon, with the Command Group and 1st Platoon bringing up the rear. At 0658, 2nd Platoon's point squad ran into several North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops, initiating an intense firefight which prevented 2nd Platoon from linking up with its point squad. The remainder of A Company then came under attack by the NVA, isolating the three Platoons one from the other.
Heavy fighting continued through the morning. A Company's 1st and 2nd Platoons were down to fifteen effective men when radio contact was lost at about 1100. At this point the Command Group and 3rd Platoon themselves were surrounded and heavily engaged. Shortly afterwards, the 2nd Platoon's senior surviving Sergeant withdrew his remaining men to the Company Command Post, placing thirty-five wounded and thirty effective soldiers within the 3rd Platoon's defensive perimeter. At 1140 the Company Commander decided to move back up the ridge to a more defensible position, a move completed by about noon. Thus at noontime
Further clearing operations on the 23rd and 24th confirmed heavy losses among the NVA troops and identified the NVA unit involved as the 6th NVA Battalion, 24th NVA Regiment.
The final results of the engagement were as follows:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Mar 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009