Louis H. V. “Lou” Smith

Lieutenant Louis H. V. Smith, 5th Platoon, 51st Company Infantry OCS, Fort Benning, Georgia, Rank: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)

Branches: Infantry, Aviation

Retirement Date: November 16, 1993

Number of Years of Service: 29

City and State: Phenix City, Alabama

Wife’s Name: Carlyn; Children: 2 sons, 2 Step Daughters; Grandchildren: 9

Awards: Purple Heart plus the normal ones.

Civilian/Military Schools/Degrees: University of Tampa, BS in Business Management; Troy State, MS in Human Resources Management; Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Airborne and Ranger School, Rotary Wing Aviation School; Infantry Officers Advance Course; Command and General Staff College.

Summary of Assignments: Active Duty: Fort Polk, Louisiana, Infantry Instructor; Platoon Leader, 25th Infantry Division, 1967, RVN; Assistant Team Leader, Mobile Training Team, III Corp, RVN; Instructor, Mountain Training Camp, Ranger School; Aviation Platoon Leader, 121 Assault Helicopter Co., RVN; IV Corps AAE, 1969-70; Flight Instructor, Hunter Army Airfield; RIF.  USAR: 3rd / 11th SF;  3220th USAR Garrison HQ, Instructor IOAC, ADSW; G-3, 375th Theater Support Group.

Jobs/Profession following military: Deputy Sheriff, Palm Beach County, Florida; US Post Office, Palm Beach, Florida; ADSW, US Army; DOD Employee, Fort Benning, Georgia; Chief of Operations, Office of Public Works. Retired January 1, 2003.

Current hobbies/interests: Community Theater, Hiking, Backpacking (750 miles of the AT so far).


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