Smith, Lowell Vetter, TSgt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
22271-Data Computer Technician
Last AFSC Group
Surveying Services
Last Unit
1967-1968, 22271, 1st Combat Evaluation Group
Service Years
1951 - 1968
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1933
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Banner Elk
Last Address
Gia Dinh, Vietnam

Casualty Date
Feb 24, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Gia Dinh
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Matney Liberty Cemetery - Matney, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
41E 012

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 Unit Assignments
US AIR FORCE1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron1st Combat Evaluation Group
  1951-1958, 29352, US AIR FORCE
  1958-1966, 22271, 1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron
  1966-1967, 22271, 1st Combat Evaluation Group
  1967-1968, 22271, 1st Combat Evaluation Group
 Colleges Attended 
Appalachian State University
  1950-1951, Appalachian State University
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Survey/Administrative guidance of ground-directed bombing campaign by detachments of 1st Combat Evaluation Group.

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Special Note:

TSgt Smith assumed his duties at Barksdale AFB, LA in August, 1966. This was approximately 5 months after I arrived from 10th RBS Squadron Headquarters at Carswell AFB, TX to serve in the headquarters of the Radar Bomb Scoring Division. TSgt Smith went to Vietnam in July 1967; I followed in September 1967.

I was serving as NCOIC, Detachment 15, at the time of the incident, and was wounded in the same attack. We also had three additional personnel wounded. Another SAC unit (SACADVON) had 5 personnel billeted with us. One of them, SSgt Johnny Rose, was killed and at least two others wounded. According to some records I've seen, SSgt Norman E. Thomas was also killed in this attack, although I do not remember him as being one of the troops billeted with us. But it was a tense night, and it's been 42 years.
   
Comments/Citation
Technical Sergeant Lowell Vetter Smith is listed as Casualty Number 22919 of the Vietnam War.

TSGT Lowell Vetter Smith, Korean War Veteran, Vietnam War Veteran, Born in Shawneehaw Township, he became a native of Banner Elk, NC.

Technical Sergeant Lowell Vetter Smith was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, TSGT Smith served our country until February 24th, 1968 in Gia Dinh, South Vietnam. He was 34 years old and was married. It was reported that Lowell died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. Lowell was born on October 23rd, 1933 in Shawneehaw Township, Watauga County, North Carolina. TSGT Smith is on panel 41E, line 012 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years.

We miss and love you. Your wife, Mary Ann. Your children, Greg and Kim. Mary Ann Smith, He is my husband.

To my beloved, baby brother. You have been greatly missed, by all. For our beloved,baby brother. We have missed you now for 32 years. To one of the best who had a great love for his family and his country. Love, your sister Ruth Welch.

Uncle Lowell was always the most happy person. He had a great love and respect for his family. Anne Culler, dculler1380@charter.net.

For more information:
http://1stcombatevaluationgroup.com/
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OBITUARY FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPER: AREA MAN KILLED IN VIETNAM. Tech Sgt Lowell Vetter Smith, 34, died on active duty in Vietnam on 24 February when a barracks he was occupying was hit by an artillery round. Surviving are the widow, Mrs Mary Ann Perry Smith, two children; Kim and Gregory Lowell, the parents, Mr and Mrs W.C.Smith all of Banner Elk, Route 2. five sisters, Mrs Ruth Welch, and Mrs Doris Bliss of Banner Elk, Mrs Velma Dobson of Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs Victoria Yates of Vilas, and Mrs Helen Hominger of Route 3, Boone, three brothers; Hade of Banner Elk, Byrd of Route 3, Boone and Hoover Smith of Route 3, Lexington.

TSGT Smith attended Cove Creek High School in Sugar Grove and Applachian State University in Boone. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force for 16 Years.

He was the husband of Mrs Mary A Smith, Route #2, Box 168, Banner Elk, NC.

He served with the 1st Combat Evaluations Group, 7th Air Force, Vietnam.

He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/3 devices, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
   
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