High School Wall of Honor
Dale William Smith
Class of June, 1960
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army
|Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. Prose written by Dale's widow, Barbara A. Smith.|
|Dale William Smith|
William Smith was born on July 21, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa.Dale
graduated from North High in the June, 1960 class. Following graduation,
he joined the United States Army in December of
1963 at Fort Carson, Colorado, at the age of 21. After a career of twenty
years, he retired as a Master Sergeant at Fort Irwin, California, in
January, 1984. His next of kin
during high school and his early years in the military are shown as
Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Smith, 2010 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA.
The web address for details on Dale's Arlington Cemetery burial, etc.: .
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/dwsmith.htm Gravesite: Arlington National Cemetery: Section 67, Grave 4124
|Mrs. Smith's husband, Master Sergeant Dale William Smith, died on 13 January 2002; he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 23 January 2002. He is remembered on the Arlington Cemetery site indicated above.|
He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Overseas Service Bars, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Pistol Expert, Rifle (M16) Marksman, Rifle (M14) Marksman, Vietnam Defense Medal, Vietnam Counter Offensive Medal, Vietnam Counter Offensive Phase III, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Master EOD Badge, Driver Badge with bar, Good Conduct Medal (sixth award).
While in Vietnam, he served with the U.S. Military
Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). This command was established on
February 8, 1962, as a unified command subordinate to the commander-in-chief,
Pacific. MACV had the mission of assisting the Republic of Vietnam
Armed Forces to maintain internal security against subversion and
insurgency and to resist external aggression. With headquarters in
Saigon, MACV controlled all of the United States Armed Forces in Vietnam.
MACV was involved in two basic activities. Its forces were to constantly
seek to engage the enemy in combat on the ground and territorial waters
of the Republic of Vietnam and to provide assistance to the constitutional
government of Vietnam in building a free society capable of defending
Sergeant Smith died on 13 January 2002 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 23 January 2002 (Section 67, Grave 4124).
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith of Troy, Alabama; one son, Douglas A. Smith, of California, a writer, one daughter, Staff Sergeant Maureen Anne Stewart United States Air Force; 3 granddaughters, Murphy Davin Smith of California; Veda Dale Stewart of Maryland; Jovie Shea Stewart of Maryland; and one grandson Finnegan Roy Smith of California. Sergeant Stewart is now based at Fort Mead, Maryland where her (MOS) is "Instructor" for "Videography/Documentation/Combat Camera."
In recognition of his EOD work, Sergeant Smith has been honored by having a Bomb Detection dog named after him by the Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad. "Dale," a Yellow Labrador formally joined the Squad in January of 2003. (photo below)
|Music: "Battle Hymn of the Republic"|
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