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William T Smith

Credit: The Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall

War: Vietnam
Parent/Wife: Thomas
City: Marshfield
Birth Date: 6-May-49
Death Date: 2-Apr-70
How Died: Kia
Where Died: Viet Nam
Where Buried: Marshfield
Rank: Sgt
Branch: Army

Kia=Killed in Action
Dow=Died of Wounds
Dod=Died of Disease
Mia=Missing in Action


William T. Smith was born on May 6th, 1949 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He received his education in Marshfield and graduated in 1968 from Marshfield Senior High school. In August of that year he entered the Army and received his basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

William was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith. His siblings are Michael, James, Constance, Jenny, Karen and Tammy Smith.

Sergeant William T. Smith was a member of the 27th Infantry Division. Four months after arriving in Vietnam, he was killed in action on April 2nd, 1970. He was fatally injured while engaged in “combat operation” when a hostile force was encountered. He was 20 years old.

Sergeant Smith’s funeral was conducted by Reverend Robert B. Houston at St. John’s Catholic Church. Internment followed in Hillside cemetery. Pallbearers were David Kamps, Aaron Bloch, William Raeder, Lawrence Nelson, John Henninger and David Kohl.

Military rites were conducted at Hillside cemetery at the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sergeant Andrew Solider was in charge and John Morzinski was the bugler. Colors were presented by both units. The Escort was SSgt Richard L. Hall of Company D Fourth Battalion 2nd BCT Dde, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO Captain Spencer Carey was assistance Officers.

Written by,

Kailey Keen

East Junior High School


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