Smith, Edward Bruce, PFC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) /A Company
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Private First Class


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
New York

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1966
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 095

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Crossed Sabers ChapterVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, 1st Cavalry Division Association, Crossed Sabers Chapter (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Fort Hood, Texas) [Verified]
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1966, 11B10, 3rd Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1965-1966, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) /A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On January 25, 1966, three days prior to the start of Operation Masher, a division-size sweep mission, COL Harold Moore's 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cav Division (5,700 men) prepared to strike at its objectives. Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division were being redeployed by aircraft when tragedy beset the cavalrymen. A Fairchild C-123K Provider (serial #54-0702) from the 311th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Group, 13th Air Force mysteriously slammed into a mountainside near An Khe, killing all aboard. All told, 46 men, including the entire crew of the plane, were lost. It was raining and the cloud ceiling was at just 300 feet when the transport plane took off from An Khe for the short flight to the base camp of the 1st Calvary Division. Apart from the 42 passengers, the aircraft carried a load of ammunition and grenades. Shortly after takeoff the airplane flew into a hillside as it attempted to return to An Khe. Reportedly, the airplane had suffered an engine fire just prior to impacting the hillside. The Provider struck trees inverted as it crashed, which was witnessed by squad of 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry troops guarding the pass. Investigators later found evidence of a fire in the No. 2 engine. Recovery team personnel were tormented by what they found at the crash site. [Taken from togetherweserved.com and other web sources]

   
Comments/Citation
Interment details unknown.
   
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