Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith, a War Memorial

Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith, a War Memorial (HM1SU2)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36115 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.26', W 86° 14.974'

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Citation to Accompany the Award ofThe Air Force Cross
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Donald G. Smith


Technical Sergeant Donald G. Smith distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Rescue Specialist of an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter in Southeast Asia on 24 October 1969. On that date, Sergeant Smith voluntarily descended to the surface on a forest penetrator to assist a downed pilot. As he and the pilot were being raised, hostile fire rendered the hoist inoperative and the cable was sheared, dropping them fifteen feet to the ground. Sergeant Smith's position was surrounded by hostile forces and his helicopter was downed by hostile fire. Remaining exceptionally calm, his resolute and decisive presence encouraged the other survivors, while his resourcefulness in controlling and directing the aircraft providing suppressive fire, resulted in the safe recovery of all downed personnel. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Smith reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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HM NumberHM1SU2
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Year Placed2006
Placed ByMaxwell-Gunter GNCOA Class 06-06
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.40433333, -86.24956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.26', W 86° 14.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 15.6" N, 86° 14' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Williamson St, Montgomery AL 36115, US
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