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ROBERT RAYMOND SMALL

  • Wall Name:ROBERT R SMALL
  • Date of Birth:4/29/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/4/1968
  • Home of Record:INDIANAPOLIS
  • County of Record:INDIANAPOLIS AND MARION COUNTY
  • State:IN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:54E, 40
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

JOHN EARNEST SWANSON JR

  • Wall Name:JOHN E SWANSON JR
  • Date of Birth:12/25/1945
  • Date of Casualty:5/4/1968
  • Home of Record:DAVENPORT
  • County of Record:SCOTT COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:54E, 32
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG

DOUGLAS BANE SMITH


is honored on Panel 54E, Line 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP4 Douglas B. Smith

    Posted on 10/23/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP4 Bernard R. Mazursky, PFC Thomas A. McCormick Jr., PFC Kim R. Grice, and SP4 Douglas B. Smith were infantrymen serving with A Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. On May 4, 1968, they comprised an observation post on the side of a Chu Ya Krei Mountain in Kontum Province, RVN, during the Battle of Chu Moor. They were tasked with warning the rest of their company if the enemy approached. At approximately 2:00 PM, noises were detected in the bushes behind them. Before they could react, NVA soldiers opened fire with small arms fire, wounding all four of the Americans. None had a chance to return fire. The enemy quickly moved in and fired more rounds, finishing off the wounded. They picked over their victims and removed some equipment. As they left, more bullets were fired on them. Miraculously, one of the soldiers, PFC Grice, survived the ambush. Wounded twice, he escaped death when a bullet was deflected by the pocket-sized New Testament he was carrying in his breast pocket. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 1-22infantry.org]
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  • Salute to a Fallen Veteran

    Posted on 4/23/15 - by Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa King and Burgess Baily:.. reecejim@yahoo.com
    You gave your life for your Country, for this we Salute you.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Douglas Bane Smith, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Recalling those moments before you left us.

    Posted on 11/16/12 - by Kim R. Grice Kim@BestWesternRealty.com

    Smitty, it's been 44 years now since the four of us were on OP on the side of that mountain (Chur Ya Krei). They shot us all in seconds; and descended upon our position in no time. As you know; You, Berny, and Tom did not make it. I will always wonder, 'Why did I survive that day'. As I laid there wounded and disorientated, my Lord Jesus sent me a protector. I waited a few seconds to see if you guys would fire back, but there was only silence. Buddy, I then knew You, Berny & Tom were severly wounded. Before they left, the enemy tried to shoot us all again. I could feel the bullets hit the dirt within inches of me. A lot of things have happened since then. I pray that you-all are in a better place than this planet. Bye Buddy!



    Kim R Grice



    Westminster, Colorado

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  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/6/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Douglas is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC. BSM PH
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