Smith, Lynn Hudson, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, 9th Infantry Division
Service Years
1966 - 1968


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buried at Forest Hill Memorial Park in Oak Creek, WI.

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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36E 061

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Military Order of the Purple HeartVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry 9th Infantry Division
  1966-1967, 6, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1967-1968, 1542, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry
  1967-1968, 1542, 9th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Lynn Smith served with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His tour began on 19 September 1967.

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Lynn Hudson Smith, United States Army (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company A, 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 February 1968.

On this date, Company A was conducting a sweep mission in the city of My Tho when its lead element was suddenly attacked and pinned down by a well-entrenched Viet Cong force. Upon observing that the company was unable to move to the assistance of the point element, Lieutenant Smith courageously led his platoon through the intense hostile fire in an attempt to reach the endangered point element. Fighting his way from house to house, Lieutenant Smith brought his men to the edge of a large open area where they were once again pinned down by the enemy fusillade.

Realizing that the members of the point element would have to be brought to safety before artillery could be called in, Lieutenant Smith, unmindful of his personal safety, made several attempts to lead a party of his men across the fire-swept area but was forced to turn back each time because of the extremely heavy enemy fire. Determined to rescue the lead element, Lieutenant Smith sighted an unoccupied jeep, ran to it, and drove it through the murderous barrage of enemy fire to the point element.

After loading the wounded members of the point element onto the jeep, he started back through the enemy's zone of fire and had almost reached cover when he was mortally wounded by an enemy round. Lieutenant Smith's gallant actions enabled the point men to reach safety and contributed significantly to his company's efforts to drive the Viet Cong from the city.

Lieutenant Smith's extraordinary heroism and concern for his comrades-in-arms were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 58 (September 24, 1969)
Action Date: 1-Feb-68
Service: Army Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 47th Infantry Regiment
Division: 9th Infantry Division

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