Smith, Clarence Elvin


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 26-Feb-1943

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 29-Nov-1967

Start of tour: 10-May-1968

Incident date: 20-Mar-1969

Date of casualty: 20-Mar-1969

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Clarence Elvin Smith was killed while commander of a military vehicle on combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Track commander on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance in force mission when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SGT Frank De Paul Saracino Jr
SP4 Clarence Elvin Smith

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 575 592

Place of interment: Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 29W 093 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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