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Charles Porter Smith, Jr.

Corporal, Army

Born: December 12, 1948
Hometown: Henrico County
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: May 10, 1969
Died In: Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Corporal Smith served with 2nd Platoon, A Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.

He was a 1968 graduate of Hermitage High School where he ran track. Before the war, he was employed at a local gas station where he worked after school and on the weekends. He also mowed neighbors lawns.

While training at For Benning, Georgia, he would write home almost daily. He received his orders for Vietnam and arrived in February 1969. After his death, his mother received his belongings and medals which included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

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