Smoot, Richard, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
18B-Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
Service Years
1967 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate

Special Forces
Master Sergeant

Twelve Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Tornado, West Virginia

Date of Passing
Jul 02, 2015
Location of Interment
Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery - Dunbar, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Post-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Association Memberships
Post 73American Legion RidersRolling Thunder
  2010, American Legion, Post 73 (Service Officer) (Saint Albans, West Virginia) - Chap. Page
  2010, American Legion Riders - Assoc. Page
  2010, Rolling Thunder - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander - St.Albans, West Virginia American Legion Post 73
Other Comments:
Master Sergeant(Retired) Richard A. Smoot, 67, of Tornado, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015.He was born June 28, 1948 in Crownhill, West Virginia, the son of Trilba Gay Smoot and the late Richard Smoot.Dick was a devoted husband, father, and friend always willing to lend a hand. He was the rock of our immediate and extended family. Richard was a Retired US Army Veteran having served in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Dick had numerous military accomplishments all after the age of 40. At age 43, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Weapon Sgt., at age 50, he was Combat Diver Qualified (He was the eldest at the time). He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Team SGT conducting Combat Operations in Afghanistan in early 2002, and the Company Weapons SGT in Iraq in 2005 - 2006. Dick was a Whiskey 9, meaning he was both Halo and Scuba Qualified. Dick was a LEGEND in the Special Forces Community and respected by all. Dick was Commander for American Legion Post 73 for 3 and a half years. He was a member of the American Legion Riders, and Rolling Thunder Inc. But his greatest accomplishment of all was being the husband to a loving wife and father to his three children.In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Anna Smoot; son, Richard Allen Smoot and his wife, Kellie, of Watertown, N.Y.; daughters, Tonya Smoot and Tangie Smoot, both of Tornado; 8 grandchildren; brothers, George Smoot and his wife, Terri, of Charleston, Kenneth Smoot, of East Bank; sister, Penny Ratliff and her husband, Jim, of Spencer; all his nieces and nephews whom he treated as his own. He will be forever missed but will remain among us.Celebration of Dick's life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home with LTC (Chaplain) Rob Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Donnel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute with Full Military Honors being conducted by Special Forces Association Chapter 68, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and assisted by American Legion Post 73 and VFW Post 6418.Gathering of family and friends will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.Online condolences can be sent to the family
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 Unit Assignments
1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  1968-1970, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
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