Patrick Edward Smith, JrSergeant
A CO, 5TH BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
10 May 1947 - 26 November 1968
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The database page for Patrick Edward Smith, Jr
In loving memory and honor of my brother, Patrick Edward Smith Jr. who was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous other awards.
Pat earned the Silver and Bronze Stars for his deeds in the few minutes before his attempted helicopter evacuation. He was a squad leader in the 7th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). During an operation in Quan An Loc Province, Pat and his men ran into heavy fire. He and several others were seriously wounded. None of us were surprised to hear that Pat, despite his wounds and being amidst intense hostile fire, stopped to drag the other wounded men to safety. Only after they were safe and out of the line of fire did he permit himself to be evacuated by a helicopter that moments later took enemy fire, then crashed and burned.
Pat's deeds that day were so in character for him - he was always such a loving and caring person. Our love and pride for him is beyond description. We hope and pray that the men he dragged to safety that day came home and are leading full productive happy lives today. Our family would love to hear from anyone who knew Pat, especially any of the men he saved that awful day, November 26, 1968.
Pat - who we called our "Smiling Irishman", loved to race his 1964 Chevy Supersport at Norwalk and Lorain County Speedway. He was very successful with over 50 class wins and won several trophies as well. He was an iron worker like our Dad and was also attending Lorain Community College before he was called to service. We are a military family - my parents met in England during WWII - My Dad was in the canine unit and was also an MP. My Mom was an English WAF. My oldest brother Senior Master Sergeant Anthony Smith retired from the Air Force shortly after the Gulf War.
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 26 November 1968 the 15th Med Battalion was tasked with a medevac mission in support of A Company, 5/7 Cavalry. The Huey landed, loaded the wounded aboard, and took off - only to be hit by .51 caliber machinegun fire. The aircraft crashed, killing all eleven men aboard:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Jun 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009