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Jack Smith Dies Former ABCNEWS Correspondent Dies at Age 58
ABCNews website ^ | 4-7-04 | (not listed)

Posted on 04/08/2004 6:52:45 AM PDT by VOA

(excerpt from the ABC News website article on the passing of Jack Smith,
journalist and Vietnam War Veteran)
"Jack knew how to communicate as few others do and did it with eloquence, wit, and grace.
He made an invaluable contribution to ABCNEWS and we mourn his loss," said ABCNEWS
President David Westin.
....(big snip)...

A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Smith was awarded both the Bronze Star with "V"
for valor and the Purple Heart. In 1993, he returned to the Vietnam battlefield where
he was nearly killed in 1965, reporting for Nightline and Day One in one of the most
memorable reports ever done on ABCNEWS about the Vietnam War.

He received wide recognition from veterans' groups for his reporting and extensive
speaking about the war and its aftermath.

(Excerpt) Read more at more.abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abcnews; iadrangvalley; jacksmith; obituary; veteran; vietnam; warcorrespondents
notice of passing of Jack Smith; announced on ABC radio news,
4-7-04 at 3PM Pac Time on KABC 790AM
1 posted on 04/08/2004 6:52:47 AM PDT by VOA
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2 posted on 04/08/2004 6:56:05 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: VOA
God Bless.
3 posted on 04/08/2004 6:58:43 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
AR, I simply posted this for the forum, even though you probably have heard of the
passing of your brother-in-arms.
You might want to ping fellow Vietnam Vets in the forum

I'll also take the liberty of posting a link to the archived thread of Jack Smith's harrowing
battlefield experience. As I've told you before, that remains the single most
concentrated dose of the stress of the battlefield I've ever read.

http://www.FreeRepublic.com/forum/a3b64a7e2508c.htm
4 posted on 04/08/2004 6:59:03 AM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA
He was nicknamed "sandbag Smith" by those who fought along side him in the Ia Drang Valley. His report on that fight was very informative. Still have it on video...

A great loss to all.

5 posted on 04/08/2004 6:59:52 AM PDT by donozark ((I fought in the Kimchi Valley...but I don't like to talk about it))
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To: donozark
His report on that fight was very informative

As a never-served civilian, that report simply horrified and stunned me.
The other interesting side-bar is that it appeared in The Saturday Evening Post
during the Vietnam War.
Noting that (and having been a modestly observant child at the time of the war),
it also gave me heart to know that such a realistic and brutal account would
be openly published while the war was going on.
There probably aren't that many country/cultures where such honesty about the
ugly circumstances would be published...while the war was going on and the
government was trying to assure/increase support for involvement in a conflict.
6 posted on 04/08/2004 7:10:05 AM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA
bump for exposure
7 posted on 04/08/2004 7:37:42 AM PDT by VOA
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To: donozark
Is there a picture of Smith available ?
8 posted on 04/08/2004 7:53:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: VOA; ALOHA RONNIE
Sad Ping
9 posted on 04/08/2004 7:55:35 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Jack Smith...

Kind of looked like his dad.

10 posted on 04/08/2004 7:55:41 AM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: VOA
His father, Howard K. Smith, was very proud of him. And I am too.
11 posted on 04/08/2004 7:57:37 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
I didn't make the connection. Thanks for mentioning it.
12 posted on 04/08/2004 8:11:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: VOA; leadpenny; First_Salute; donozark; Eric in the Ozarks; socal_parrot; ...
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...JACK SMITH, warrior still, Pray for us now...

..and for Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE's wife JULIE as she now battles Lung Cancer.


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13 posted on 04/08/2004 9:15:31 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: donozark
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...One can order a video copy of the ABC News 'DAY ONE' TV Program ...that was taped as JACK SMITH and other fellow Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Veterans returned to that Valley of Death in the Mid-1990's...

...at Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE and JOE GALLOWAY's website:


http://www.lzxray.com


...My photos taken in that Valley of Death in 1965 can be seen at:


http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm

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14 posted on 04/08/2004 9:29:58 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: VOA
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NEVER FORGET that all the time JACK SMITH and his Father, ABC News TV Anchorman HOWARD K. SMITH, were busy bringing us CLARITY during the Vietnam War...

CBS News TV Anchorman WALTER CRONKITE was always busy undercutting their efforts.

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15 posted on 04/08/2004 12:18:50 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: socal_parrot; VOA; PhilDragoo; risk; Boston; BKO
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...After JACK SMITH finished his deeply personal Keynote Speech at last November's IA DRANG Alumni Conference Dinner...

...about his Battle in the IA DRANG Valley and his new one with Pancreatic Cancer...

...he stepped down off the podium.

...After retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. SHINSEKI stood up at the 1st table to congratulate him ...JACK turned away looking directly at me seated there before him at the next table. I looked up deeply into his eyes and warmly said "Thank You."

...With that JACK deeply exhaled, warmly replied "You're welcome" and then pensively bowed his head down looking at the floor for a moment before moving on to his nearby table.

...This was JACK SMITH's personal release after his giving us all a very moving speech.


GOD is GOOD.


Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com

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16 posted on 04/08/2004 12:44:19 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Bump.
17 posted on 04/08/2004 1:12:10 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
BUMP.
18 posted on 04/08/2004 1:52:36 PM PDT by onyx (If FR isn't worth a dollar a day, what is? Be a $1-A-Day Club Member. I am.)
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To: First_Salute
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...Prayer requests mere made today for Mrs. JULIE MOORE's battle with Lung Cancer on the Judicial Watch Report Talk Radio Show...

...where she guested after Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE's "WE WERE SOLDIERS" was released in 2002...

...and on former Congressman BOB DORNAN National Talk Radio Show.

...More to come.


GOD is GOOD.

.
19 posted on 04/08/2004 2:05:15 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...After JACK SMITH finished his deeply personal Keynote Speech at last November's
IA DRANG Alumni Conference Dinner...

...about his Battle in the IA DRANG Valley and his new one with Pancreatic Cancer...


Pancreatic Cancer - a slower, but generally a surer killer than combat.

Sounds like he was as tough with that killer as he was on the battlefield.

I'll also remember the lesson Jack Smith taught me, even though I never met him:
to be VERY slow to draw judgements.
It certainly shamed me when I found out that this "jouranlist Smith guy" that
delivered what my naive civilian mind viewed as a "liberal" critique about
"going to war" on ABC...
was also the Pvt. 1st Class who had more than earned hiw right to his opinion.

And had the "education" to back up his point of view.
20 posted on 04/08/2004 2:43:36 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA; Fred Mertz; Boston
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And now this from our "WE WERE SOLDIERS" Forum:


'IA DRANG-1965 JACK SMITH passes on'

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=44946

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21 posted on 04/08/2004 4:24:11 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: VOA
A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Smith was awarded both the Bronze Star with "V" for valor and the Purple Heart.

Garry Owen, sir!

God's speed, and well done. Rest in peace, trooper.

22 posted on 04/08/2004 4:27:48 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Euro-American Scum
God's speed, and well done.

His masterpiece is his first-hand account of combat.
It's linked in post 4...I still don't believe it was actually published while
the conflict was ongoing...
AND in The Saturday Evening Post.
23 posted on 04/08/2004 4:30:32 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA
He was the host for TLC's award-winning series on the Vietnam War, The Soldiers' Story.

I taped that series when it aired on TLC. Still have it. Always will. It was outstanding.

24 posted on 04/08/2004 4:39:20 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Euro-American Scum; RonDog; VOA; Fred Mertz; Boston
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...Prayer request for the MOORE and SMITH Families just went out on the full HUGH HEWITT Talk Radio Network Show comprising over 1,000 Stations nationwide.

GOD is GOOD.

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25 posted on 04/08/2004 4:46:12 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...Prayer request for the MOORE and SMITH Families just went out on the full
HUGH HEWITT Talk Radio Network Show


Civilian "Garry Owen" to you for that one, AR...
and bump
26 posted on 04/08/2004 4:53:24 PM PDT by VOA
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I am praying for his loved ones and for this lady with the lung cancer!
27 posted on 04/08/2004 8:38:48 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl (Glad to be a monthly contributor to Free Republic!)
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To: Alamo-Girl; VOA; leadpenny; Joy Angela; conservogirl; Ragtime Cowgirl
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Photo - JULIE MOORE

http://www.avashow.com/gallery4_03/pages/Julie%20Moore,%20Lt.%20Gene%236A04C.htm

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28 posted on 04/08/2004 9:15:07 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for the link!
29 posted on 04/08/2004 9:19:31 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl (Glad to be a monthly contributor to Free Republic!)
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To: VOA
BUMP
30 posted on 04/08/2004 9:23:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: VOA; Alamo-Girl; Joy Angela; conservogirl; Ragtime Cowgirl; kristinn; miss print; Mo1; Angelwood; ..
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Prayer requests also went out Nationally today on:

The Judicial Watch Report Talk Radio Show Network

The Frank Pastore Christian Talk Radio Show Network


GOD is GOOD.

.


31 posted on 04/08/2004 9:39:57 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I heard you on Hugh Hewitt, Ronnie. Good job.

Bod bless.
32 posted on 04/08/2004 9:46:29 PM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
Sorry, Bod=God.
33 posted on 04/08/2004 9:47:49 PM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
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Thanks for listening and for caring, Socal_parrot

ALOHA
34 posted on 04/08/2004 9:52:22 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: leadpenny; ALOHA RONNIE
His father, Howard K. Smith, was very proud of him. And I am too.

I'm proud of Jack Smith, Aloha Ronnie, LeadPenny, all our Vietnam vets and other vets. And, now, I'm especially proud of our brave troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world in harm's way.

God bless them all for securing our freedoms!

Prayers for Jack Smith and his family.

35 posted on 04/11/2004 7:59:07 PM PDT by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: VOA
I remember seeing his dad Howard Smith on V the TV Show.
36 posted on 04/11/2004 8:02:40 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: BillF
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Garry Owen, JACK SMITH

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2894


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37 posted on 04/11/2004 10:09:33 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: Criminal Number 18F
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Thank you for caring...

...for the very Best.


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38 posted on 04/11/2004 10:13:17 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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