Richard A Smith

Richard A Smith

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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, USA
U.S. Army
CPL, E CO, 215 BSB, 1-12 CAB, 3 HBCT, 1 CD (TASK ORG TO 25 ID)
BAQUBAH, IRAQ 12/31/2006

The most fitting tribute to Rich is in the words of his father, James Smith:

My son Rich had a zest for life.  At the age of 20 his eyes still had a boy’s wonder in everything they saw.  He soaked it all up, learned from it, took the best from it and applied it to his life.  Rich never said a bad word about anyone and no one had a bad word to say about him and, as I said for the reporters that called my house, he was more man at 20 than most are as grown ups.  God, The United States Army and a good wife did that for him.  Rich gave the ultimate sacrifice and we are thankful that he died doing his duty to the best of his ability.  We must all continue to pray for Amber and my first grandchild, all of Rich’s surviving family and the fighting men and women of the United States of America!

Rich grew up in Arlington, with the exception of the time his family spent in Whitehouse in East Texas. He graduated from Summit High School in Mansfield, TX, where he met his wife-to-be when they were both juniors. They were married in July 2005 after he completed boot camp, and he was very excited about becoming a father. He was taking college courses and intended to get a degree after his military service was complete.

Rich believed he was called by God to serve in the Army, and his family and friends find solace in knowing that he was doing what he believed was right. During the short time he served in the Army, Spc. Richard Anthony Smith gained recognition as the Calvary Division’s soldier of the year. He was killed by a roadside bomb while driving a Humvee with his unit northeast of Baghdad on New Year’s Day, 2007.

Richard’s portrait is also located on Poster 6

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  1. Megan Taylor Smith Mauk says:

    My brother Rich was the most caring, thoughtful, fun-loving person I’ve ever known. Though we grew up in separate households, and therefor couldn’t see each other whenever we liked, I have many memories of him which I will always cherish. Family road trips with our dad to Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, through New Mexico and to Arizona. At the State Fair of Texas he would sit with me in the cool cars and ask me “where to?” At a Mexican restaurant on the River Walk in San Antonio, we donned the red cloth napkins as bandannas on our faces and posed for a picture as banditos. We sang along to Creed in the car, and meditated to Incubus in his room at our father’s apartment. We always joked that he owed me an Aaron Carter CD since he had lost mine in Dad’s car door while holding it out the window.
    He was the kind of guy who played guitar and once had dreadlocks. Though he eventually shaved his head and removed his tongue ring to join the Army, he always had that same spirit. He was a young man who loved life, his family, his wife, and his son, whom he never met. In letters from those he worked with in the Army, he was remembered as a hard worker who would fill sandbags with a smile.
    Rich, it’s so hard, even now, to believe that you’re gone. How a light so bright could be extinguished is beyond me. But I promise you will always live on in my memories. Your school picture hangs in the hallway with my other family photos, and your dog tag is hung proudly in my home. Wherever you both are, I hope you and Rich Jr both know you are deeply loved by me and by all of the Smith family. I promise to watch over Dad and give him all my love, as I know you would if you were here. I can only hope that one day we will all be reunited.
    Rest in peace, brother. I will love you always.
    Your sister,
    Megan Taylor Smith Mauk

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