Paul Winthrop SmithsonSecond Lieutenant
B CO, 1ST BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
23 May 1947 - 20 November 1968
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The database page for Paul Winthrop Smithson
Win - Paul
You are not forgotten
Departured paths all
From a friend,
09 Aug 2004
Paul's RTO, Cpl. Denny Storms, passed away March of 2003 at his home in Carlsbad, CA. Denny got in touch with me after seeing Paul's memorial page here. Subsequently in email and phone calls he told me about that day at the start of Operation Meade River in November 1968. He had hoped to come to DC in the spring of 2003 to see the Wall and to visit Paul and a friend of his in Arlington, but was unable to do so.
Denny was badly wounded when the booby trap that took Paul detonated, and he suffered from ringing in his ears for the rest of his life as a result.
Denny brought closure for Paul's friends and family that we were certain we'd never have, I know it was terribly difficult for him to recount that day. We are humbled and forever grateful for the courage it took to do so. Semper Fi -- 35 years strong.
From a friend,
From his fiance,
I believe Sgt Cole was not the only other man killed with LT Smithson. I think Cpl Deluna and Cpl Navarro and L/Cpl Yankur were also killed that day. Missed by many, loved by all. They were once warrior kings!
From a fellow Marine,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Virtual Wall staff knew two Bravo 1/1 Marines were killed in action on 20 Nov 1968, 2ndLt Paul W. Smithson and Sgt Claude Cole of Galveston, Texas. Thanks to Mr. Redd's comments above, we now know a third man died of wounds received that day - Cpl Carmelo Navarro. The other two men Mr. Redd identifies were killed in a similar incident four days earlier:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009