Ralph Nathaniel Smith
Staff Sergeant
B CO, 2ND BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Morganton, North Carolina
January 26, 1937 to November 06, 1965
RALPH N SMITH is on the Wall at Panel 3E, Line 28

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Ralph N Smith
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04 Mar 2008

The Best of the Southern Blue Ridge

From his nephew,
Kent Smith
optimaeng1@alltel.net


 
Americans have come to know something about the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray (Ia Drang Valley, 15 Nov 1965) since the book and movie We Were Soldiers Once - and Young came out. The earlier engagements between the newly arrived 1st Cavalry Division and the firmly emplaced North Vietnamese Army remain almost unknown.

One such engagement took place on the west bank of the Ia Meur River on 06 Nov 1965, when two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, took on the NVA. Twenty-six Americans were killed in the action, which formed a prelude to the engagements at LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany. The men were

They are remembered on the
Landing Zone X-Ray site

and The Virtual Wall's
Ia Drang Memorial


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