Smith, Weston Theodore, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1981-1987, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Service Years
1957 - 1987
Colonel

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 20, 1990
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 8 Site 10062

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew Headquarters Air Force

Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966) Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
His AF Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major Weston T. Smith (AFSN: 0-58846), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Forward Air Controller and Pilot of an O-2 aircraft of the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam, serving as Tactical Air Liaison Officer with the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (U.S. Army), near Ben Het, Republic of Vietnam, from 24 February 1969 to 25 February 1969. During this period, Major Smith directed close air support against one of the most heavily defended target complexes in the Republic of Vietnam. Despite intense, accurately directed hostile fire which damaged his unarmed aircraft, Major Smith was successful in directing the neutralization of the opposing force. With complete disregard for his own life, he saved the lives of many American and allied soldiers and prevented the strategically located friendly position from being overrun. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Smith reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-720 (October 3, 1969)

Action Date: February 24 & 25, 1969

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron

Division: Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam

   
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 Unit Assignments
Air Force Reserve Command School AssignmentsSchool Assignments614th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Lucky Devils
7272nd Air Base WingAFROTC Det 620  Bowling Green State University21st Tactical Air Support SquadronHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)
554th Combat Support SquadronAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1957-1958, Air Force Reserve Command
  1958-1959, 1021A, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1959-1960, 1021A, Air Training Command
  1960-1961, 1021A, 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Lucky Devils
  1961-1964, 1021A, 7272nd Air Base Wing
  1964-1968, AFROTC Det 620 Bowling Green State University
  1968-1969, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1973-1978, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1978-1980, 554th Combat Support Squadron
  1980-1981, Kunsan Air Base
  1981-1987, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State University
  1953-1957, Ohio State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-100 Super Sabre  O-2 Skymaster  
  1960-1964, F-100 Super Sabre
  1968-1969, O-2 Skymaster
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