Robert Lee Smith

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
06 November 1943 - 29 January 1966
Welch, West Virginia
Panel 04E Line 115

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Lee Smith

30 Oct 2006

My fox hole buddy. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you... You will never be forgotten!

From a friend,
Forrest W. Brewer

A Note from The Virtual Wall

According to David Sigler's "Vietnam Battle Chronology" elements of the 1st Cavalry Division engaged the 7th and 9th Battalions, 33rd NVA Regiment, near the hamlet of Cu Nghi about eight miles north of Bong Son in Binh Dinh. The bloody fight began on 28 Jan 1966 and continued for three days. Although Sigler says 121 Americans died in the fighting, the casualty database lists 57 hostile-fire deaths in Binh Dinh Province during those three days; of these, 17 were from 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry. Eight of the 17 were from SP4 Smith's Bravo Company 2/12:
  • SSG Jack Johnson, New York, NY
  • SSG Bernard J. Wait, Troy, NY
  • SGT Marvin L. Lindley, Spanish Fork, UT (Silver Star)
  • SGT Jack Thomas, Fort Jackson, SC
  • SP4 David D. Gensemer, Little Rock, AR
  • SP4 James B. Rogoff, Kerman, CA
  • SP4 Robert L. Smith, Welch, WV
  • PFC Eugene T. McCoy, Moulton, IA

These men, and others of the 5th and 12th Cavalry, are remembered on the
2nd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division site

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 Oct 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009