Gary Dean Smith was married
Length of service: 1 year
His tour began on August 16, 1965
D company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Occupation: Infantryman
Died at the age of 23 in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam
Cause of Death: Hostile, Ground Casualty, Multiple Fragmentation wounds

He is said to have died at The Battle of Ia Drang. This battle comprised two main engagements that took place on November 14–17, 1965 in the Ia Drang Valley. It was the first major confrontation between the United States and the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. It became a blueprint for tactics by both sides. The Americans used air mobility, artillery fire and close air support to accomplish battlefield objectives. The NVA learned that they could neutralize that firepower by quickly engaging American forces at very close range.

The Battle of Ia Drang was brought to popular attention in 2002 through the Mel Gibson movie “We Were Soldiers”. Source of information that has Gary D. Smith at this battle is located here-

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 14 March 1942
  • Date of death: 17 November 1965
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Farragut, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: John B. Romeiser

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