Michael La Vern Smith

Specialist Four
Army Of The United States
22 September 1948 - 12 April 1969
Sumner, MI
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Mike Smith
25 INF DIV Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (3 awards), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael La Vern Smith

Mike entered the United States Army in April, 1967. After training, he began his first tour of duty in South Vietnam on September 6, 1968, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.

The following December, Mike was awarded his first Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat. Soon thereafter, Mike received two more Bronze Star Medals and the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action.

Mike Smith was killed in action in Binh Duong Province on April 12, 1968, and now sleeps in New Haven Cemetery near Sumner, Michigan.

Mike is remembered with love and pride by his classmates from

Ithaca High School, Class of 1966

"Tucking myself in at NAS Pensacola,
I heard the sound of TAPS each night.
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And I always felt a chill.

I always wondered how many times
That haunting TAPS had meant "Amen";
When a flag had draped a coffin of a
Husband, brother, sister, son, dad, or friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of the fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives."

~ Original Author Unknown
Adapted by NJG,
US Navy Wife, US Navy Mother

Memorial Day, 2001

Mrs. and Mrs. Lavern Smith at Mike's grave,
Memorial Day, 2001

A memorial from one who remembers,
Nancee Greenlee
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)