Smith, William Paul


Rank: Private First Class

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

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

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: 6-Jun-1947

Hometown: Wayland, New York

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 28-Apr-1967

Start of tour: 19-Oct-1967

Incident date: 11-Jan-1968

Date of casualty: 11-Jan-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
William Paul Smith died when the military vehicle in which he was passenger was hit by a hostile anti-tank round while on combat operation.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
PFC William Paul Smith
PFC Robert Andrew Wozniak

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Saint Joseph‘s Cemetery, Wayland, New York, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 34E 032 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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