Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
10 Jul 1949 2
Death:
23 Feb 1969 2
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Full Name:
Adrian James Smith 2
Birth:
10 Jul 1949 2
Male 2
Death:
23 Feb 1969 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 23 Feb 1969 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Miami, FL 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
M Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Regiment:
7th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
22 Jan 1969 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 22 2
Panel: 31W 2

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This is the first time that I have visited the site, thanks to a link at the Kim Komando website. When I located my childhood friend, Adrian J. Smith, I just cried. He was just 20 years old. The information about his death was never shared with us; things were different in the 60's. I have lost touch with his older sister and younger brother. And, I wonder where they are today. Amazing how, almost, 40 years later I cried for Adrian. He was my best friend...we had so many happy times as teenagers. I will never forget him. Jane Munro, Miami, Florida

according to the military records given, Adrian waas kia on his 2nd day in country. Not sure what others feel, but if your fate was such I guess he didn't suffer though the other 363 days of his tour.

My Name is Bob - Smitty as he liked for us to call him was my best friend in the Corps, Probably my best friend ever. I see in the second comment that you think he was killed the second day in country. This is incorrect. We arrived at Danang on 29 Jan 1969 and he was killed on 22 Feb 1969. Everyone liked him and there is so much I would like to Say but sufice it to say I miss you every day buddy. The good truly do die young. : ( - we went through Infantry Training at Camp Geiger together and through Staging BN in Camp Pendelton Ca.

to Moonlit 51- I feel your pain. I get really depressed on the week of 23 Feb thru 28 Feb Every year. I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss my friend even after 44 years. I lost another friend who I considered my other best Friend the same day. I always refer to them as my "Forever Young Friends" and seeing Smitty's Picture here bears that out. Be Blessed.

Thank you Marine for your service for your service to your Country and Corps....

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
Solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
You made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
Willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives

 


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 

God Bless you Marine                  ike

 

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