Smith, John Lee


Rank: Corporal

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 76S – Vehicle Materiel Supply Specialist

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

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 8-Jun-1950

Hometown: Millbrook, Alabama

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 5-Sep-1969

Start of tour: 5-Feb-1970

Incident date: 1-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 1-Apr-1970

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
John Lee Smith was killed while at an artillery firing position when the area came under attack by a hostile force. / At fire support base (FSB). Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SGT Kenneth Ray Hodge
CPL John Lee Smith

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 037 792

Place of interment: Goodship Cemetery, Millbrook, Alabama, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 12W 075 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.