Sergeant Don Smith was born on July 2, 1949, the son of Hallie J. Smith (1915-1998), and was originally from Speedwell, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an infantryman in B Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade. His tour in Vietnam began on April 22, 1968. Nearly eleven months later, on March 17, 1969, Sgt. Smith was killed under hostile conditions in Hua Nghia province, South Vietnam; he was 19 years old at the time of his death. Sgt. Smith is buried at Leach Cemetery, Speedwell, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 29W, Line 64.


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