Homer D. Smith

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Homer D. Smith
Born (1922-02-16)February 16, 1922
Breckenridge, Texas, U.S.
Died March 6, 2011(2011-03-06) (aged 89)
San Antonio, Texas
Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1943–1979
Rank US Army O8 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major General
Commands held U.S. Army Logistics Center
Defense Attaché Office, South Vietnam
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Air Medal

Homer D. Smith (February 16, 1922 – March 6, 2011) was a United States Army Major General.

Early life and education

Smith attended Texas A&M University graduating in 1943.[1]

Career

World War II

Smith enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation and was deployed to England where he worked on the logistics planning for the Normandy landings.

Korean War

7th Infantry Division.

Vietnam War

On 15 October 1969, Smith, then a Colonel, became Commanding Officer Danang Support Command.[2]

In August 1974 Smith was appointed as head of the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) South Vietnam, making him the highest-ranking U.S. military official in South Vietnam. In this role Smith was a key figure in the last year of South Vietnam's existence, finally overseeing Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American civilians and "at-risk" Vietnamese from Saigon in April 1975.[3] Smith left Saigon on 29 April 1975 and the DAO ceased to exist.

1975 to 1979

Smith's assignments during this period included the following:

Smith retired from active service in July 1979. Following his retirement he became head of the newly established Logistics Directorate at NATO Headquarters in Haren, Belgium.

Personal life

Smith died on March 6, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas and was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

References

  1. ^ Dethloff, Harry (2008). Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country, Expanded Edition. Texas A&M University. p. 234. ISBN 9781603440776. 
  2. ^ "Operational Report Lessons Learned for Headquarters US Army Support Command, Danang for period ending 31 October 1969" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Tobin, Thomas (1978). USAF Southeast Asia Monograph Series Volume IV Monograph 6: Last Flight from Saigon. US Government Printing Office. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-4102-0571-1. 

External sources

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