Smith, Robert Michael


Rank: Sergeant

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

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 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: Regular

Date of birth: 11-Nov-1948

Hometown: Peoria, Illinois

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 2-Aug-1968

Start of tour: 10-Nov-1969

Incident date: 10-Mar-1970

Date of casualty: 10-Mar-1970

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Robert Michael Smigh was killed while commander of a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Commander of Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Phillip Allen Elliott
1LT Donald Woods Holman
1LT Stuart Bassett Lamkin
SGT Robert Michael Smith

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 387 587

Place of interment: Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 13W 108 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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