Biography

WILEY F. SMITH, born in Oklahoma City, OK on January 29, 1948. He enlisted in the USN, at the age of 17, on February 8, 1965. After serving two and a half years aboard the ocean going tug, USS Mataco, and graduating from Engineman A School at Great Lakes, IL, he was transferred to the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center at Mare Island, CA. He attended SERE training and Vietnames Language School at the Naval Amphibious School, Coronado, CA.

He arrived in Vietnam on August 4, 1968; assigned to RIV SEC 544; and was stationed at Nha Be, RVN. He became a plankowner of RIV DIV 593 when the sections were changed to divisions in 1968. He served aboard PBR-752 as boat engineer and M-60 machine gunner. Participated in Operation Giant Sling Shot and while on patrol south of Ben Luc, he was wounded on March 9, 1969 by a B-40 rocket.

PO3/c Smith was honorably discharged on October 31, 1969 at Coronado, CA. His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation with Combat V, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense, Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm, Vietnamese Civil Actions Medal first class, and RVN Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Smith has worked as a maintenance technician for the U.S. Postal Service for the past 20 years and lives in the small town of Yukon, OK. He has two children, Jeffery (in the USAF) and Jennifer.

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