MARINE OF THE WEEK: E-TOOL

MARINE OF THE WEEK: E-TOOL

MARINE OF THE WEEK:
 
NICKNAME: E-TOOL
Maj. Gen. Ray L. Smith
Republic of Vietnam, April 1972
Award: Navy Cross
 
Smith, a Captain at the time, was serving as an advisor to approximately 250 Vietnamese Marines located on a small hilltop outpost in the Republic of Vietnam. Helping “repulse several savage enemy assaults, and subjected to a continuing hail of fire from an attacking force estimated to be of two-battalion strength, Capt. Smith repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while directing friendly air support. When adverse weather conditions precluded further close air support, he attempted to lead the group, now reduced to only 28 Vietnamese Marines, to the safety of friendly lines. An enemy soldier opened fire upon the Marines at the precise moment that they had balked when encountering an outer defensive ring of barbed wire. Capt. Smith returned accurate fire, disposing of the attacker, and then threw himself backwards on top of the booby-trap-infested wire barrier. Swiftly, the remaining Marines moved over the crushed wire, stepping on Capt. Smith’s prostrate body, until all had passed safely through the barrier. Although suffering severe cuts and bruises, Capt. Smith succeeded in leading the Marines to the safety of friendly lines.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
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30 comments


  • James Driscoll

    Lean-Mean Fighting Machine! A Real Warrior!
    Proud to be a Marine!
    Sgt Jim


  • Kapena

    Harry – Copy that! Marine! Ooorah!


  • Harry 1371

    He even looks like a Bad Ass! Don’t mess with that Marine! Semper Fi.


  • Harry 1371

    Capitol “M” in “Marine” kapena! Semper Fi.


  • Kapena

    E tool! Love it! Vietnamese “marines” ugh. We should trademark “marine”so no other service can claim it unless going thru our bootcamp. Laying down his body as a bridge across a mine field and concertina wire to save his “team”(marines, I dont so!) Now that is how you improvise adapt and overcome! My god! Man. Gen. Ray L. Smith. A marines marine.


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