Robert Smith

Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 28
National Memorial Panel / Row: East 7 / 111
Date of Birth: 20-Mar-1945
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
High School: West Philadelphia High School
Street: Edgewood Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: PFC
Date of Casualty: 26-May-1966
Province of Casualty:
Smith met the woman be would marry when they were in junior high school, but her Ia-ther would not let him visit the young woman for two years. On his first visit. he brought her a wedding band and they mar-ned. Smith was a salesman for Dixie�s Mens Shop, 4100 Lancaster Ave., for three years before entering the Army in June 1965. He had attended West Philadelphia High School. The 21-year-old private first class, a rifleman, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in Vietnam. Smith died on May 26, 1966. He was a good friend of Burgess Love of Philadelphia, who died in Vietnam on March 6, 1967. He was survived by his wife, parents, two brothers and a daughter born two weeks after his funeral.