Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine 1st Sgt. Edward Smith


38, of Chicago, Illinois.
Died in Doha, Qatar as a result of wounds received while engaged with enemy forces in Central Iraq on April 4. He was assigned to FOX Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 5, 2003.

Smith was a part-time police officer in Anaheim, California while he was an active duty Marine.

In honor of Sgt. Ed Smith by Edward Jesus Monje-Reyes
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"God bless you and may the path that he takes you be one of peace and rest for you deserve it 1st Sgt for your sacrifice. You were my hero although you never knew it you push me even though I was an H/S Marine you made me realize that I could do this job as a recon Marine . I loved how you never gave up on me and you let me know I could do this job you showed me that I had the discipline and the perseverance to get the job done. You are a hero and I think of you in these times that we are going through right now in 2016.as AMERICANS not BLACK OR WHITE but AMERICANS....GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA."
Pierre (Otto)2000_03 of Canton, MA

"I am a little behind, but we had guests on Memorial Day and I didn't make it onto the site. However, we did tell your story to our girls and our guests and remembered your professional valor, your personal greatness, and your humble generosity. Thank you, and may you rest peacefully and your family be at ease."
Andrew Pedry of Gainesville, GA

"Missed but not forgotten. The love your family had for you still remain, we are so proud, thank you for serving you were the best."
Earlean Smith of Zion Ill

"1Sgt Smith just checking in and you know that I will never forget. Smooth is fast and fast is smooth"
Rob Hayes (MSgt ret) of Stafford, Va

"Our Beloved Countrymen and Women:

Each and every Fallen Hero is and will always be a part of the River of Life, that the Armed Forces represent.

I salute each Fallen Hero.

Our comfort to each Family member is to hold you, and to assure you that they will never be Forgotten."
Barbara A. Edwards of Kenosha WI

"First Sergeant, we're thinking of you on this 2015 Memorial Day. We were at a picnic and party on Saturday and I was asked to say a few words; I told the gathered about you and LCPLs Barrow and Hubbard. I thought it was important that the assembled had a name and a person to remember on this day which can so easily drift into anonymity or worse. As my older daughter, all of eight, put it afterwords: "Daddy, I'm glad you didn't get blown up." I am too, and I weep that others did in my place. God bless you, and the family you left behind."
Andrew Pedry of Hamilton, Virginia

"Ed "Horse Head" Smith.... You will always be a legend, at 1st you were the heart and soul of all of us, the Recon Man we all strived to be. 1000 meters fin at Del Mar boat basin followed by 8 mile run back to 33 Area wasn't enough for you, had us all doing 100 pull-ups/200 chin-ups to finish. You were a leader and a mentor to those you commanded, we all wish you were still around. Semper Fi, you are not forgotten"
John Grant of Weymouth, Ma

"Happy 239th First Sergeant! Today my family will hear your story again as we celebrate the Corps' birthday. You were that which makes the Corps great, and what we celebrate every year. God bless and Semper Fidelis."
Andrew Pedry of Hamilton, Virginia

"Memorial Day 2014. I brought up First Sergeant Smith to my daughters (aged 7 and 4) two days ago, and my older daughter remembered him - "the soldier who had a family and died from the metal in his head?" Not the most eloquent eulegy, but he was last mentioned about six months ago and she's young yet. Rest assured, your memory lives on and we the living may still take example from the remembrance of your life. Our prayers are with the Smith family on this Memorial Day."
Andrew Pedry of Hamilton, Virginia

"Time has ticked by my friend but your memory has not faded. It's hard to believe its been 11 years. Semper Fi Smitty...you may be gone but you are not forgotten"
Randy Preston of Dallas, Texas

"I met you as SSGT Smith at recruit training. I was a mouthy teenager 18 years old, with no clue about anything, much less being a Marine! The Lord knew what he was doing when he blessed me with having you as my Senior DI. You broke me down and molded me into a Marine! I respected every single thing about you and set a path to strive to be like you! You showed us high speed Force Recon Training and told us the high speed low drag stories!! It made such an impact on me, I graduated bootcamp, went to SOI, took the Recon Indoc and went on to earn the MOS 0321, because of you. You gave me the strength, courage and wisdom!!! When I think of a Recon Marine, I see you as the perfect example. Thank you so much SIR! Thank you for leading from the front, taking care of your Marines and giving the ultimate sacrifice of coming home on your shield!! I hope that when I make my final EXTRACT, i've been half the man you were.. See you in that big Harbor Sight in the sky!! You are an OAK!
May God keep and bless your family 1st Sarg."
TJD (1st Recon Co) of Texas

"I am sitting here thinking about you, my loving cousin, missing you. Just wanted to say you are very loved. You are my HERO........."
Dina of Chicago, IL

"To the family of First Sergeant Smith,
As we do every Memorial Day we remember your loss and First Sergeant Smith's legacy. He was a wonderful man and a great Marine.

Semper Fidelis"
Andrew Pedry of Podgorica, Montenegro

"I am thinking of you today Edward as we celebrate another Memorial Day. I can't believe it has been so long since you left us. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten."
Marteen of Reno, NV

"Ed: we served intimately as Sgt’s-GySgt’s in 1st Force thru the drill field and 1st Recon Bn –a good friend and Marine’s Marine –Ed epitomized honor and lead by example . The 1st choice for your six. I miss you brother. “No details” - to your chagrin:)"
Mish "Raghead" of Wi

"1st Sgt. Smith,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"10 years now and your absence is missed just as much as ever."
Andrew of Oceanside, CA

"Smitty its hard to believe its been 10 years since we lost you. I have many fond memories of our time in the police academy. You were the best of us and at times your can do spirit lifted the entire class. You are not forgotten. Semper Fi my friend."
Randy Preston of Texas

"Semper Fi, First Sgt. It has been ten years, but I still think about you daily. The men of Fox 2/5 will never forget your sacrifice."
Ryan Smith of Newport Beach, CA

"I love you and miss you so much my brave, strong, honorable cousin. In remembrance of you on this day."
Charolette of Kenosha, WI.

"To first Sgt. Smith and family. U will be missed you and your family thank you for being the hard one to me. You were my rock! You got me by. God bless your family I wish I could have met them. You talked about them highly in our talks. OORAH SMITTY! You will be missed. See ya on extract bro you are the best. Simpler Fi."
2/5 cpl young of oklahoma

"To the Family of First Sergeant Smith,
I served with 1st Sgt. Smith as the scout-sniper section leader assigned to Fox Co during the 2003 invasion, and as such, reported directly to him and the captain. Smith was one of the finest Marines, and finest people, I have ever had the honor of knowing. He was humble and capable, a gifted and subtle leader that I would have followed anywhere. His combination of humanity, humility, charisma and military prowess was all the more precious for its rarity, and it exemplified all that is the finest in the US Marine Corps. I am now a father of two small children, and the sacrafice that you have made is all the more poignant now than it was in 2003. Please know that every Memorial Day and every Marine Corps birthday my children, wife, and myself remember your husband and father. Semper Fidelis, and thank you."
Andrew Pedry of Leesburg, VA

"Another year has come and gone but your memory still lives on in those that knew you. Semper Fi my friend."
Randy Preston of Corinth, Texas

"Remembering you today my fallen hero and friend."
Todd K of Anaheim, CA

"Semper Fi 1st Sergeant. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. We 'arrived alive' because of you."
Luis Cuevas of Encino, CA.

"It's April 4th again and that day nine years ago and everything that went on are still fresh and painful in my mind. I'll probably stop by Fort Rosecrans to see you in a week or two. Semper Fi, First Sergeant. Thank you."
Matthew Lorscheider of Culver City, CA

"Happy 236th birthday Marine. I'll be sure to toast you later this afternoon. Semper Fidelis 1st Sgt."
Brian Foster of South Saint Louis, Mo.

"We still drink to you when we get together, remembering our days as Ropers and eventually Recon Marines at 1st. I can't thank you enough for saving my career as a Recon Marine. The Co/Bn couldn't have asked for better leadership. You'll always be missed by us. Cheers!"
CK of Colorado

"I served as a reserve police officer with Ed in Anaheim California and still remember the shock of being woken out of a sound sleep by a fellow officer calling to tell me about our friends death. The tears flowed freely that night and I still think about him and his family on a regular basis. Today is Memorial day 2011 and the tears were flowing again at a local celebration for him and all the others we have lost. Semper Fi Ed, We will not forget."
Michael McKenney of Allyn, Wa.

"I worked with 1stSgt Smith for 3 years at 1st Recon Bn 1999-2002. Smitty was the heart and soul of the new battalion and ensured every Marine, enlisted or officer, knew what it was to be a Recon Marine. Any man should strive to be half of the man he was. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis"
Tom Corzine, Capt tom.corzine@gmail.com of Newport Beach, Ca

"Smitty,

The years have slipped by my friend but you are not forgotten. Semper Fi"
Randy Preston of Corinth, Texas

"All my fellings are for the family. I hope you can live your life normal and peacefull."
Eydt Charles of Luxemburg/Europe

"A great man once told me "Slow down". I remember him sitting behind his desk, kicked back, completely calm. With the hand signals "slow down" He looked like he had just got back from PT. This had to be in September on a Friday around 1500 hours, One of those "HOT, not a cloud in the sky yet a slight breeze kinda days. Pictures, awards and memorabilia covered His office walls, He told me to relax, take a deep breath, let it all out. I stood there about 15 minutes although it felt like an eternity. Neither of us said a word to each other for the first 5 minutes, I thought I was being called into His office to be told I have 'DUTY". After that thought was completely ran through all of those scenarios, I started to think that I was is trouble. I was thinking about everything that we had done that week. As I was thinking in my mind, I need to change the subject. So I quickly asked about Recon. He told me a story about being the "Only Black Marine in His Force Recon Unit". He talked about the obstacles He had to endeavor. His stories were concise and all had a point. Right before He was going to dismiss me from His office He leaned forward over His desk and stated, "I have your warrant for promotion, Do you want to do it at libo formation or I can Call Capt. Johnson and we can do it in his office?" I said "We can do this now"
That awkward silence taught me a lesson on listening; to be a great leader, you must be a good listener. We had both learned a little about each other, we traded stories about family and home.
I finally would like to Thank First Sergeant Smith for all the knowledge He has helped ingrain into my character and for paying the ultimate price for our freedom. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to His Family, a sense of encouragement and hope is evidence by the messages left by His fellow Marines and Friends. 1st Sgt. Smith left a positive footprint that was able to touch and influence all that surrounded Him. He is a shining example to us all, on how we should live and carry ourselves. I look forward to that day when we can meet again. Thank You Again."
John Edison of Kenai, Alaska

"Fair Winds my Brother"
Marty Keck of 1st Force Recon Co

"Horse Head,,, Your memory and devotion are strong today,,, I sit humbled in the presence of your spirit in Kabul Afghanistan tonight in the presence of our Recon brethren remembering the legacy you gave us. You will never be forgotten!!!"
Todd Cline of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Merry Christmas 1st Sgt. We will never forget."
Brian Foster of South Saint Louis Mo

"Hello everyone, I am edwards oldest niece Tamika, I have been trying to get pictures of my uncle for the longest. If anyone can provide me with any side shot or anything please contact me at marvinstamika1@yahoo.com."
Tamika Lee of milwaukee, WI

"It's eerie and very humbling to see Davey's post on here to 1st Sgt Smith. Seamus Davey was killed in action a few years later. We will miss you both."
K. Nagel of WA

"Smitty, make sure the angels are steppin like cha cha charlie. You and Frog, the only recon bros I knew. You were a great friend, drill instructor, and marine. Semper Fidelis Devil! See ya soon up there!"
mike austin of biloxi, ms/usa

"I am sitting here once again in tears reading all the wonderful things that has been written about my cousin and I am so proud that he was loved and touched a lot of people lives. He is missed and welove him so. Please send any memorabilia to halfpint6191@yahoo.com and I will make sure his family receives it."
Dina Funches of Chicago, IL

"Hi everyone my name is tamika lee. i am edwards neice, his sisters daughter.if anyone have any stories to share or pics to send please contact me. my email is marvinstamika1@yahoo.com. thnks 4 all da support im glad to know my uncle was loved"
Tamika lee of Chicago, ill

"RIP Marine. I read Nate Fick's book, "One Bullet Away" and wanted to put a face to a name. Thanks for your service and I am forever grateful"
Mike of Pittsburgh, PA

"This beautiful man is now a more beautiful angel- I hope that when I go - I have the honor of meeting this brave man!"
Kenna

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Projectcompassion@manti.com"
Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"I had the privilege of serving with then Corporal Smith. Pre-Scuba and then Dive school down in Coronado. We were an incredible team, Smith pulled me through many, many runs and I helped pull him in the pool with the heavy twin 80's we were tredding water with. We roomed for 5 weeks and became good friends as he was in Charlie company and i was at the time Alpha before moving over to Bravo. I remember the picture of him, if i recall right as a boy scout or something and he was pretty big kid(he always carried it with him). It was an honor and privilege serving with this individual who was part of my life and unfortunately his was cut short providing protection and freedom to our country."
Steve Armstrong of San Clemente CA

"USMC 1st. Sgt Edward Smith. On 09/26/09 I went to Marseilles, IL. to visit the Memorial Wall in memory of all of our Fallen Heroes lost in the War on Terrorism. We left Chicago with other Gold Star Families and I met your sister and other relatives on the charter bus. We shared our sad stories as I lost my Son Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Edward G. Davis III on 04/28/06 in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Two other Marines Sgt. Lea Mills and Corporal Brandon Hardy also lost their lives with my son. Your family is very proud of you Marine 1st. Sgt. Ed Smith. Thank you for your service to our country. May God Bless the Smith Family."
Ed Davis Jr. of Kenosha, WI.

"I served with the dutch troops in As-Samawah Iraq. I just want the loved ones of sgt Smith know that we named the new camp in As Samawah after him. As a honour to the fallen.I also offer my condolences to his family and friends. Sgt Witte Snaauw , 1(NL)SFIR As-Samawah 2003"
W. Snaauw of Netherlands

"Horse Head Ed, my fellow Marine, my Brother, my friend I will always remember you as my safety. On aircraft,boats and submarines. SEMPER FIDELIS NIGHT FIGHTER.

V MCLEOD The Jibmaster"
Vince McLeod of Former Marine WA

"I had the priveledge of serving with 1st Sgt Smith. Although he was in charge of Fox company and I belonged to Golf company, I always saw 1st Sgt Smith walk around the barracks. When I would see 1st Sgt Smith I would say to myself, I want to look like that when im close to retirement. Sad to heard about what happened to 1st Sgt Smith in Iraq."
Sgt Perez/Officer Perez of Modesto, ca

"I am a police officer with the Anaheim Police Department. I remember talking to Smitty a month or two before he left for Iraq. He followed me up on a car stop on S. Euclid. After the stop he was telling me about not being able to retire yet and having to go to Iraq. I asked him if he thought we were going to go to war and he said "It's not if we are going to war, it's when are we going to war." I then asked if he was a little worried about going and he replied "Nope, I am going to go have one last ooorah and then come back and get on full time with the PD." A short time later, he left for Iraq. I don't remember the date, but I remember being in the report writing room when another officer came in and told me she just heard that he had died in Iraq a day or two earlier. We hugged each other for a while and were both in such shock and disbelief. Smitty was a great man and a good friend. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrafice for me and our great country. God please be with Smitty in Heaven and his family on earth.

03-21-09"
Jason Stinson of Anaheim, Ca

"I am part of a project titled The American Soldier Memorial Project. The mission of this group is to show support to the fallen service men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by giving a cross-stitched memorial to their family. These memorials are hand-stitched by volunteer members of this group and are provided at no charge to the families. We would be pleased to provide a memorial to the family of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, but do not have a current address of his family or next of kin. If you see this message and can provide us with an address, please email either me (Sue) at suzyr@tbcnet.com or Pam at pmlaea@hotmail.com. Thank you"
Sue Rozycki of Sycamore Illinois USA

"I knew him in Force, a very good man, never thought he'd get it. Walsh"
Dennis Walsh of Brooklyn, New York

"When I first met you, you were DI Sgt Smith and shortly there after DI SSgt Smith. I was a young recruit in "C"harlie CO, 1st Recruit Training Bn and was scared to hell of you! You made a very lasting impression on my life and I wanted to thank you for that. You were the picture of "hard corps" and a Marines Marine. To the family members left behind thank you for your sacrifice. 1stSgt Smith was a great Marine and most of all a great man."
Jeremy Fletcher of Riverside, CA

"Edward was my cousin and I miss him so much.We both moved from cold Chicago to warm sunny Califonia.We always would laugh and go down memory lane about our childhood.I MISS YOU EDWARD. YOU ARE MY HERO!!!granddivakim@sbcglobal.net"
Kimberly Williams of Buena Park ,Ca

"I would like to take this time to tell everyone who has written a message it is well appreciated and I would like to say thank you to everyone. If you have any pictures, letters anything please send them to halfpint6191@yahoo.com because we have a scrapbook in honor of our fallen soldier. I just want to say that I love and miss my cousin soooo much and words can not describe how much he is loved and missed"
Your Cuz Dina of Chicago, Illinois

"I only served under 1stSgt Smith for 6 months prior to my EAS. He was very instrumental in my life deciding to persue a career in Law Enforcment. I now teach at a Acedemy in Kentucky. I often thought of him and how he was doing. Only a short while ago I found that he had given his life to our wonderful country. I could'nt help to think about his daughters and wife. I hope they feel his and the lords blessing. I am truly sorry for their lost and appreciate not only his but their sacerfise. I am proud to say not only was I a Marine with Fox 2/5, but I also served with some fine men, some who have gave their life."
Frank R. Adams of Kentucky

"Ed, we had some good times at the Ishinru dojo in Oceanside on saturdays, you bruised my arms alot on the body conditioning! Alot of memories at 1st Recon Company with the 60 pushups prior to formatons. Further back, at 1st Force when we were all Sgt's together, you were 5th plt, I was 1st plt. You were one of the senior NCO's i looked up to as a new TL. Later in OIF my famiy heard that you had died, and realized that we were truly at war, and that it knows no age limit, MOS, unit, or gender. I remember the morning that we in 1st Recon heard the news, we were right outside of Bagdad, and immideatly ceased operations while in a pause, and remembered you. You were the picture of reconnaissance, and leadership. The 1st Recon grounds is still the way you left it with the yellow ropes, held up with black wooden poles, and grass inside, that you, the Company Gy set up. See you on extract. Luke"
SgtMaj James Lucas of Oceanside

"5-26-08
Dear First Sergeant:

It's been a little over five years since that awful day in Iraq. This is the first time since then that I have ever left a message for you. And for that, I am sorry. But there doesn't go one day that I don't think about you, and your wife and kids. I'll never forget that fatal day inside that track. I'm sorry we couldn't bring you back home. I'm sorry I couldn't do anything to help you. It took me a long time to actually come to terms with your passing. It is like a bad nightmare that I pushed to the back of my head, locked up and threw away the key to. But I'm done hiding from the sadness I didn't want to admit was there. I'm proud of you First Sergeant. YOU were ready to get out and start your new life with out the Corps and than paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, when our country called for you. You got us ready and formidable to stand a grueling task, and I never heard you complain once. You were truly someone I looked up to First Sergeant. And I'm here today to say you will never be forgotten. Your story will always be told so long as I'm around. Hoorah devil dog!!

2000-2004 Fox Co. 2/5"
Luis Cuevas of Los Angeles, Ca.

"I was sitting at the table eating breakfast watching the news prior to leaving the house for work. Then the news report said the Marines Corps 1st highest ranking enlisted personnel has been killed in Iraq. These reports where normal to me until they showed the picture of 1st SGT Edwards Smith. I nearly choked on my food. I couldn't believe what I was seeing so I got on the phone to call the Anaheim Police department from the number below on the TV screen, and I asked the man on the phone, and he begin to get choked up on the phone also. Both of us just sat there in tears on the phone. I couldn't go to work that day.

Ed and I served together in hqbn, recon co, 1st mar div back in 1994-1996 in Camp Pendleton Ca. We where close because we had a lot in common. There were only two black men in our recon co, and both of our last names were Smith. I was Sgt Smith, and he was SSgt Smith. Everyone called both of us Smitty. I had just ran into him 1 week prior to him leaving for Iraq at a local star Bucks. I miss Ed a lot, and I still get tears in my eyes just thinking about him.

RIP Smitty"
Robert of Temecula,California/USA

"Edward was my 1st cousin. We are the eldest cousins of our family. I lived in the house with him for a short period in my life. He has always served as protector of our family so it is no surprised that he lost his life serving and protection our country. It has been several years since this tragedy occured but he will always be in the hearts and minds of his family members. The last time we were able to be together as a family was in Vegas. I fell so in love with those children and Sandy. I really appreciated how he was attentive to his family. It made me love him even more. I really miss this wonderful Man of God. I thank God that he is now an angel still watching over and protecting his family, friends and country. I would like to thank everyone for their out pouring of love and kindness to Edward and my family. It can't take away the pain but helps with the healing process. I love you all with the love of the LORD!"
Charolette Travis of Zion Illinois by way of Chicago

"1st Sgt. I can't believe its been 5 years. I can still remember the day that I heard the news of your passing, and the feeling of emptiness that I felt. The lessons and example that you set for us are still embeded with me every night that I start my watch and patrol the city in which I work. Thank you for setting the bar high, and may you live forever in the hearts of the Marines that served under you. Semper Fi!!"
Brian M. Foster of South St. Louis Mo. USA

"I went to high school with Edward. We were in ROTC together. He was a close friend.
Tracy Reasonover
semperfi111498@yahoo.com"
Tracy Reasonover of Chicago, Illinois

"January 1, 2008
To the family of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith:
Edward gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Ed, I served with you on the Drill field, MCRD, San Diego, CA. 1st Bn "C" Co. You were a special Marine, Husband, and Father that will surely be missed. We all think we will catch up with each other until something unexpected happens, at that time we realize how important friendships and spending time with each other means. Now that I am retired and work close to Point Loma. I visit you from time to time and share some funny times and reflect back about the time we spent together. Keep the watch brother, may God watch over your family, friends and Marines.
Semper Fi (DAWG).
Ret. GySgt Carl D. Tilander
ctilander@yahoo.com"
Carl Tilander of Oceanside, CA

"1stSgt Edward 'Horsehead' Smith...
I miss you my Brother. Every time my radio crackles, pops or goes silent, I think of you and your 'voodoo comm'. I'll see you at extract."
GySgt. Chris Purney (Ret) of Henderson, NV

"My heart goes out to the family... I have posted "Smitty's" info on one of my web sites along with mant others. www.OurArmedForcesSite.com
Rest in peace and Thanks....."
Gordon South of Bloomington, Ca. U.S.A.

"Ed,
Tango Yankee and Semper Fi!
See you at exrtract!"
1stSgt E of Norfolk, VA

"1st Sgt. Smith,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. Just like most of the other people who have left a reflection, I too saw the Primetime documentary about your unit-Fox 2/5. I was really sad towards the end of the documentary when you were hit and later died. After reading all the reflections left here, I wish that I had the chance to have served with you when I was in the USMC during the 80's. You are the type of leader that is rare-you cared about your men and it showed and your men would do anything for you-that is the mark of a true Marine and NCO.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;LEO"

"think about you every day we miss you"
fox 2/5 marine 2000-2004

"1st sgt , i will never forget you teaching us throw techniques on the essex. I have allways looked up to you. You set a positive example for all of us young marines. I will never forget attending your funeral. The sacrifice that you made with so much to lose. I only appreciate it more now that i have a wife and two children now. I remmeber the day it happened. I will never forget you and the example you set.
God Bless your family .
I will see you one day and thank you"
gabe weapons 2/5 of san diego ,ca

"1st Sgt. Today we raise a pint in your honor. We shall never forget the lessons of leadership and brotherhood you taught us. Semper Fi, we will all be together soon.

With All My Respect,"
Brian M. Foster of Overland Mo USA

"its been mpre than three years since the day that first sgt. ed smith died. there is not a day that goes by that i dont think of him . to sandy im sorry that i cant bring him home . ............ please forgive me."
jon of clarksvilleky

"Ed and I were Sgts in 1st Force together.He was always "gung ho" about whatever. You name it. Stuff like the 300/300 club, bench 300 run a 300 PFT. We went to cold weather training together and he was a royal pain in the rear. We were DI's at the same time, he in Charlie me in Bravo Co. I learned some of the ropes from him. As a new DI we were on break and his company was in training. He invited me to come and spend some time with his plt to learn. It was time well spent. For a new DI it was invaluable. I had quite a headstart on the other new DI's when we picked up our 1st Plt of recruits. I pray for his family from time to time. God Bless them in their loss. If you wish drop me a line: longbow.elec@gmail.com

I never heard him say camouflage, it was always "camoflougie". :)"
Calvin Archer of DFW, TX

"My name is Edward Smith and I am a retired Police Officer in Maryland. I just happened to be searching my name on the internet and found this site. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated service of this young man. He served his country with honor and duty and is truly an American hero. My sympathies with all who knew and loved him. You all must be verty proud of him. Let him live in your hearts forever. God Bless"
Edward Smith of New Windsor, Maryland

"To the family of:Edward Smith I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"To Sandy and the Kids, you know how much Nick and I loved Ed. We will always keep him close in our hearts. Nick always a a great story to tell about thier time with Force and on the Drill Field. We loved him and miss him very much. Please contact us if you need anything. kara.morin@usmc.mil
Semper fi."
Kara Morin, MSgt, USMC Ret of Camp Pendleton, CA

"1SGT. SEMPER FI! THANK YOU!"
FOX CO. 2/5

"To the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith:
I didn't know 1stSgt Smith, but I new how it felt to be in his shoes. I also served in Iraq during the same time frame as a company 1stSgt for I 3/2. I also felt the added stress of war and making sure the Marines needs were taking care of before my own. I read every message on this board and I believe 1stSgt Smith was a honorable man and had a great love for his country. We can all learn from this man even if you didn't know him. THIS COUNTRY & THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE HAD MORE MEN LIKE 1STSGT SMITH.

God Bless 1stSgt Smith for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."

"Semper Fi""
1stSgt John R. Trimmer (Retired) of Clute. TX

"I'm just now discovering this site and of course I had to pay my respects to my 1stSGT....been three and a half years now and I'll still never forget hearing "Fox 8 is KIA" over the radio in that trac....

1stSGT Smith was the greatest Marine I ever knew, the only man I've ever met that I have as much respect for as I do my own father. He made me feel good about being a Marine at a time when my motivation had gone, when I got busted down. He got in my a$$ and helped me to get my s%#^ together the right way and got us all home from Iraq alive. And, in all honestly, I'd gladly have traded places so that he could have came home to his family. I remember meeting his kids once when I was DNCO on a weekend and he came in to do some work in the office. I remember, the morning before he got hit, he gave me and Sgt. Terrell some little hard candies he had been saving for a special occasion. He always made sure he passed around that coffee and whatever other goodies he could get for us. And he told Yellowhair to quit whining about the heat. At Pendelton, every Friday libo brief he would drill the "dont drink and drive, arrive alive" deal into our heads. The man took the biggest dips I have ever seen, he could probably go through a whole roll of Cope in a day. I could go on and on with stories about him in just the short amount of time he was my First Sergeant...I dont go one day without remembering 1st SGT Smith, withhout thinking about April 4th, 2003, that damned intersection and all the things that happened on that day. RIP First SGT Smith.

I see some of my brothers from Fox have been on here. Hit me up at qballvet@verizon.net"
Matthew Lorscheider of Long Beach, CA

"THIS IS LONG OVER DUE BUT I NEVER WANTED TO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS TRUE. I MET SMITTY WHEN WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER AT ANAHEIM PD. WE WENT THROUGH TRAINING TOGETHER AND BOTH HAD THE SAME GOAL OF BECOMING A FULL TIME OFFICER FOR THE DEPARTMENT. EDWARD WAS ALWAYS THERE AND BECAME A GOOD FRIEND. I REMENBER A DAY IN THE LOCKER ROOM FOLLOWING A SHIFT AND I FORGOT MY KNIFE DOWNSTAIRS AND NEEDED TO CUT SOMETHING OFF OF MY UNIFORM. SMITTY REACHED INTO HIS POCKET AND PULLED OUT SEVERAL ITEMS, ONE OF THEM A KNIFE. I ASKED HIM WHAT ELSE HE CARRIES AROUND WITH HIM. HE REPLIED, "JUST EVERYTHING A FIELD MARINE MIGHT NEED". I TOOK A CLOSER LOOK AND THE ITEMS INCLUDED THE KNIFE, A SMALL BOOK OF MATCHES, A COMPUS, AND A SMALL FLASHLIGHT. HE SAID HE CARRIES THOSE ITEMS EVERYWHERE HE GOES. I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY BUT HE DID HAVE THE KNIFE I NEEDED. THE LAST TIME I SAW SMITTY WE WERE SITTING IN A HOTEL LOUNGE WITH OUR WIVES FOLLOWING A RESERVE OFFICER AWARD CERAMONY. I RECEIVED THE RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AND HE TOOK HOME THE ROOKIE RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR. WE SAID GOODNIGHT AND PROMISED TO KEEP IN TOUCH. I WAS STARTING A NEW JOB FULL TIME WITH TUSTIN PD AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT SENDING IN HIS RETIREMENT PAPERS AND TESTING FOR ANAHEIM. HE GOT TURNED DOWN FOR RETIREMENT AND SENT TO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM. I NEVER HAD THE OPORTUNITY TO SAY ANYTHING ELSE TO HIM FOLLOWING THAT NIGHT AT THE LOUNGE. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU SMITTY AND THE TIMES WE HAD AT THE PD. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE DURING TRAINING AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP. GOOD TIMES!! LOVE YA BRO!!!!!!!!!!"
BRIAN CHUPP of TUSTIN PD ORANGE COUNTY CA.

"MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS OUTSTANDING MARINE. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!! HE LIVES ON IN HIS MARINES. SEMPER FIDELIS!!!"
THE OBLEAS FAMILY of WINCHESTER, VA

"1st Sgt-
I enjoyed visiting with you last Friday (10-06-2006). You rest on a beautiful peace of property over looking the bay. I just wanted to thank you for spending a little time with me that morning, I could truely feel your presents. We miss you.

Brian Foster"
of Overland Mo

"Big Ed Smith......... I have thought about you much since you've been gone. Just wanted to tell you that we are OK and are looking forward to seeing you again...... And we will."
D.A. Mack Mlynek (Recon MSGT Retired) of Oceanside, CA

"I remember Reserve Officer Smith. He was one of the nicest and most caring Officers of the Anaheim Police Department. I remember him standing by the back door with a huge smile on his face waving to us as we left for "Caroling for Cans". His impression has left deep footprints on my heart. I won't ever forget his kindness. You never forget gentlemen like Ed. He's the man you tell your grandchildren about one day. I was proud of him then and am still proud of him today. I thank his family for lending him to us for the time that we could have him. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it was a great one."
Maria DiNapoli of Buena Park, Calif. USA!

"I served at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and spent 15 months with Ed at Palomar Police Academy. During our time in the academy Smitty was an example for all. He was the consumate professional and always there to lend a hand when needed. His quiet sense of humor and constant encourangement carried the academy class on tough days. It's been 3 years my friend but even today your memory lives on. God Bless Smitty"
Randy Preston of Dallas, Texas

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Hello,
I am Dina Funches and I would like to give my correct email address to anyone who has any pictures of 1st SGT Edward or home movies or anything in regards to him we would love that you pass them along to us. 1st SGT Edward Smtih is my cousin and it is officially 3 years since the fatal event that changed America happened. I miss my cousin very dearly and I wish I could just tell him I LOVE HIM. I just want to tell everyone thank you for your support through out this hard time. My correct email address is halfpint619420@sbcglobal.net. Please feel free to contact me for any question you may have about him. 1st SGT Edward Smith was truly a wonderful man, husband and father. It is an honor to have someone like him as a part of my family."
Dina Funches (your Cuz) of Chicago, IL

"3 years tomorrow, and 1st Sgt. we still carry the pain. I will visit you on Oct. 6th 2006. Even though your gone you still teach all of us lessons about life, leadership, and provide each of us with the strengh to fright another day. Thank you. Semper Fi, 1st Sgt.

Brian Foster #508
Patrolman
Overland Police Department"
Brian Foster of St. Peters Mo. USA

"I never had the privelege to meet Edward Smith. In fact, I didn't even know who he was until about 10 min ago when I received a herobracelet with his name on it. But only after a couple minutes of reading about him, he sounds like a truly amazing person with a great family and outstanding friends and colleagues. He and his family will remain in my thoughts and prayers for the rest of my days."
Eric of Chicago, IL

"What can one Marine say about another that we don't all know and feel? With joy and sadness in my heart I see a common bond with an uncommon Marine. Every day I ask at least once "is that the way 1stsgt would leave that?" Suddenly there is always one better inside me that needs to push harder and think it through in a professional military "Devil Dawg" way! I am better and we are better for him being with us. "I will have your burger welldone not burned 1stsgt! Semper Fi Devil Dawg!" It is good to feel the love. mr.cipollini@earthlink.net"
Cpl. Couser Fox 2/5 of Fredericksburg, Va

"I went on a jog today and thought of 1stSgt Smith and his family. I came across this website by complete accident.

1stSgt Smith was a friend, a professional, and a mentor to me, the XO of the company in Iraq. I call Maj Terry Smith, the CO, every April 4th. I just wanted to comment that this man is truly a great American story. It is a shame more people couldn't have met him. He came from a pretty rough background, bound for nowhere. He turned out to be one of the best leaders I have ever met. He had an impact on everyone he ever met. He was a relentless self-improver with the ability to communicate effectively to any audience. Make no mistake: the world is worse without this man, and he is remembered everyday. I wish it had been me instead.

1stSgt, I named my dog Shelby so I can't ever forget. I hope that doesn't piss you off!"
Brent Biniek of Los Angeles, CA

"To Sgt Smith's family,

We have cried and prayed for you all of the time. It's not over, we still think of Edward, every day. We will remember you Sgt Smith. Our son was in Iraq and is being sent back to Iraq again but we cry and think about Sgt Smith daily. Things will never be the same. Sgt Smith will not be forgotten in our family. We will continue thinking of you Edward. We're sorry. So sorry. You should be here. We haven't forgotten you. sherbearg2@aol.com"
Sherri of Navarre, FL

"We have put up a cross for 1st Sgt. Edward Smith at our memorial in Wisconsin as requested. We want to send some pictures and a DVD to a member of the family if someone will kindly contact me with a regular mailing address or valid email. The emails I sent to Dina Fuches, his cousin, came back as undeliverable. I look forward to hearing from someone in the family so that I can send them these remembrances. My friends and I are the caretakers of the memorial."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I attended high school with Edward. I was the Battalion XO of our ROTC unit. He was 2 years behind me. What I remember most about him was his willingness to learn all he could about being a good cadet. He would volunteer for every activity with enthusiasm, from the Drill Team to the Color Guard. I went to the Corp before he did and I lost contact with him after high school. Looking at his accomplishments and reading the responses from those who served with him I am not surprised to see that he turned out to be a stellar Marine, and a decent person as well. I recently ran into a former ROTC classmate that informed me of his passing. My deepest sympathies to all his family and friends. I know he is sorely missed.
God bless you all.
Semper Fi."
Stacey Cole of Chicago, Illinois USA

"I SERVED WITH 1ST SGT SMITH IN IRAQ, WE SPENT OUR TIME TEACHING EACH OTHER SPANISH IN OUR SPARE TIME. I HELD HIM WHEN WAS WOUNDED AND I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HE SAID TO ME " DONT WORRY I'LL BE FINE JUST GO WHOOP IT ON" . TO HIS FAMILY, NOTHING I CAN SAY WILL MAKE UP FOR HIS LOSS, BUT KNOW THAT IN THE ABSCENCE OF YOUR HUSBAND/FATHER, YOU GAINED A BROTHER. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING JUST CALL. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW THE KIDS ARE DOING. I REALLY DO WANT TO KNOW HOW ITS GOING, SO JUST CALL OR WRITE. MY ADDRESS IS 1504 GRANDVIEW DRIVE.
WEATHERFORD ,OK
73096 AND THE PHONE #IS (580)772-0684


SANDI, I WISH THAT I COULD HAVE DONE MORE. I'M SORRY THAT I COULDN'T BRING HIM HOME PLEASE FORGIVE ME.
TO ALL MARINES AND FORMER MARINES, SEMPER FIDELIS AND OOORAH!"
JONATHAN BURTON of CLARKSVILLE TN

"Sgt Lozano, 3rd Plt 2nd Sqd Ldr, Fox Co. 2002-2004. We all miss you, an outstanding Father figure, Friend and an Amazing Leader. I will never forget all that you stand for. Semper Fi."
Sgt Lozano Juan of San Antonio Tx

"1st Sergeant Smith,

A Marine's Marine. A larger than life hero who strengthened his Marines for combat. It was an honor and privilege to serve with him. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Smitty and the Smith Family will always be in our thoughts and prayers."
Dan O'Donohue of Manassas, Virginia

"First Sgt. Smith- I will never forget you, the impact that you had on my life, nor the sacrafice that you made for our nation. I talked to you the morning of the 4th and you ended the conversation with "take care of your marines today." I tried to follow your advice then, and I try to live by your examples now. Semper Fi!!!!!"
Ryan Smith of Corona del Mar, CA

"Smitty",
You and I graduated the Palomar Police Academy together in 1999. We also served together aboard Camp Pendleton, CA together, you as a Force Recon Marine and I as military police. Rest easy my brother, you have fought the good fight for your country. Your devotion to God, Corps, family and country were unparalled. If you family should EVER need, all they have to do is call on me... God Bless...mark.radford@us.army.mil"
mark radford of asheville, nc/usa

"Hello Everyone,
I just want to say if anyone has pictures of 1st Sergent Edward Smith can you please send them to halfpint619@sbcglobal.net. I would gladly appreciate any pictures anyone has so I can add them to a strap book that the family is creating for him."
Dina Funches (cousin) of Chicago, IL

"Hello,
I can not express what I am feeling after reading all the messages that was left for my cousin 1st Sergent Edward Smith. I just wanted to let everyone know that man we lost on April 5, 2003 was a hero in more than one way. He has touched so many lives, but he did not die in vein. He was a good son, a terrific father and a wonderful husband and he will be with us always. He was a man that put others before himself and his unselfishness is what made him the man he was. He is in heaven now with his Aunt Linda and brother Earl and we all have "Angels" watching over all of us. We love and miss him dearly."
Dina Funches (cousin) of Chicago, IL

"To the Family of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Edward's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

“As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.” -- Sascha"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I was attached to FOX 2/5 for a short time in Iraq. Fox was the one company that made my platoon feel like a part of the team as an attachment. 1stSgt Smith was the focal point of that brotherhood. The Marine Corps now has a huge hole with his absence. My heart goes out to the Smith family and friends."
Ryan Corbett of Cumming, Georgia

"Edward Smith Family. I am so sorry for the loss of Edward, he truly was a great Marine and Friend. We served on the Drill Field together from 92-94 1st Bn C Co, and it was a great pleasure to work with him. We as Marines loose contact sometimes but when we would bump into each other,it was just like old times. I was in Iraq when Edward Died and it was a former Drill Instuctor that served with Edward also that told me about Edwards Death. When I returned from the War my first priority was to visit Edward's Grave site at Point Loma. I spent many hours with him there over looking the Bay. Ed, I think of you often, thank you for your friendship. Semper Fidelis!"
Master Sergeant Steven M. Scott of Quantico Virginia

""Gunny" Smith
You were the glue that held 1st Recon Co together. I remember driving that old beat-up truck of yours back from the dive locker so that you could run back and always hearing, "Don't screw with my stereo Dawg." You were an example to all of us, especially the younger Recon Marines. You always had a minute for one us who had a problem or needed advice.
RIP "Gunny""
CH

"My last memory of Edward Smith was when I handed him a copy of my orders to Guam. (I served at Recon Company from Jan 1998 to Apr 1999) Instead of him taking the orders, he gave me a firm handshake and hug... which followed with a solid punch in the arm. "Doc why are you leaving us?" My reply was "Well Gunny, im at the twilight of my career and have to take it easy and make my 20... gotta move on." Later that afternoon he got the company together for a BBQ in my honor and I was presented a Recon Company plaque. Gunny also a way of saying things. " Ya know Doc, I left Force Recon because I was just a Gunny running around with a ruck on my back." "Now I am the Gunny at Recon Company." He always put his troops first and foremost before himself. One of the finest of Marines that I have had the privilege to serve with! Even though I was a corpsman (also one the oldest) and always last coming in his 5 mile runs and 1000 meter swims, he always praised me for my efforts. He was a mentor to us all and most certainly will be missed. All I can say now is that the gates of Heaven will be guarded by one of the finest.... 1stSgt Edward Smith. A United States Marine. God Bless!"
Karl Winn USN/Retired of Montgomery, Alabama

"To the family of 1SGT Smith: Fox 2/5 has now returned from its second tour in Iraq. This time my "adopted" Marine was in the deployment. He and his buddies in Fox 2/5 suffered one casualty in their platoon, a total of 15 in their company. I'm sure that 1SGT Smith was looking down on them from above and helped bring as many as possible home safely. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Always remember it takes men and women like 1SGT Smith to keep America free and safe. Let's pray that we never have a shortage of them. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"HOORAH... 1st Sergeant, I will never forget the time I was blessed to be under your command and the knowledge you passed on to me about being a leader. Until we meet again, my highest respects and condolances to your family. Semper Fi!!!"
James "Stony" Quandt of San Antonio, Texas

"I am a civilian who went to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma in San Diego for Memorial Day 2003, to honor all that have served, I came across a marker with fresh flowers and a date that was so recent I could not believe it, 1st Sgt Ed Smith, April 5, 2003. The next day in the San Diego paper there was a picture of 1st Sgt Ed Smith and a short story about him. A few months later I was watching TV and saw a report that documented 1st Sgt. Ed Smith's last days with his Marine unit. Subsequently, I moved to Chicago and was walking through the lobby of the Thompson Center on Veterans Day 2004 and I saw a photo and story of 1st Sgt. Ed Smith.
After the Veterans Day incident, I put his name up in my office and ever since have prayed for him and his family. I never knew 1st Sgt. Ed Smith personally, but since 2003 for some reason he appears in my life quite often and I am thankful for it because I know it is men such as 1st Sgt. Ed Smith that has given me and millions of others around the world the ability to live a life with freedom. I am humbled by his last full measure of devotion and will continue to pray for him and his family everyday."
Robert La Porte of Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Smitty was a great leader and a hero. He was my class leader in class 12/91 of the Palomar Police Academy and, were it not for him, we would likely have been just another graduating class. Because of his determination and his willingness to work toward success, we all made it. We all owe him, and his family, our heartfelt thanks and admiration for protecting not only our streets, but our freedom and future. Thanks Smitty... God Speed."
Matt Randolph of Fallbrook, California

"Eddy
I still owe you a beer. See you at extract.
Semper Fi"

"It's been almost two years now since fox Co first started this war and they're still over there now doing what 1st Sgt Smith had trained us to do. I was there when he was hit and i'll never forget his last words to me on April 3rd. As that day was an especially long one and i was tired as ever He said " Elliott, i'm proud of you son , don't look so down you did a good job today". And he put his hand on my shoulder and with a firm squeeze said "we'll make some coffee later" and smiled as he walked away. This was always what he spoke to me; words of encouragement and of faith and belief and my heart still grieves for his loss. He never gave up on anyone in our company whether it was someone with 3 Njp's or someone who had gone UA for months at a time or even popped for drugs he still looked past the behavior and into the heart and the heart for all of us he served with from January 03 till April 4th 03 is where he will remain."
CPL Mike Elliott of Helena MT

"My Uncle died 12/6/04 in California. He was a WWII veteran 83y.o.. His service was Army Air Corp. I want to Memorialize his service to our country and I could think of no finer way to do that than help the family of a fallen HERO. I just happened upon the stories of Sgt. Edward Smith via the internet and I will send a monetary contribution for his widow and children because they may need some help. God bless and keep them. Gods rest Marine Sgt. Edward Smith. Thank-You... And thank you to all of our U.S. Military men and women. My heart aches for those families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price. I pray for you!"
Chris Clark of Orlando FL USA

"All,

Eddie and I served together as Drill Instructors together. While I was the SDI he was the hungry Strong J. I failed at being a Senior, but he had my back he visited me while I was at home awaiting the outcome of an investigation. Those of you familiar with DI's this is not done, you are avoided like the plague. He was the obvious choice to replace me, yet he made the argument that I should return to my duties. I was in a position of leadership over him yet I was the student and he was the teacher. The long story short he did become the SDI of that platoon, the Marines he graduated were better for having him then me. I never forgot his act of kindness, and everytime I saw him after our tours were over I made it a point to hug him and thank him everytime our paths crossed. I think at times this might have embarrassed him. I remembered him in my retirement speech. Civilians go through life meeting good people. Marines meet exceptional people. As God is my witness 1st Sgt Smith is at the top of that list. Those who knew him lost something, those that never met him lost even more. God be with his family. Eddie, I will proudly be your Bob New Hat when I report."
David R of Virginia

"See ya at extract, Smith"
Cpl. Cobas of Key West, Florida

"I served with you briefly- Recon Bn. 2001. I only knew you through reputation and observation. Thank you. See you at extract."
cpl. robert bauer of santa barbara, CA

"to the smiths i will always rember my first sgt first sgt ed smith . i will never forget when the call came over the radio that he had been hurt it was like this is real this was no longer a game to me this was life and war people were going to die and why was it him every day i wishted that i could take his place and leave him with u his family god bless u all and to first sgt ed smith i will always rember you my brother in arms and fellow marine reast in peace brother i will love you till the day i die semper fi"
pfc derreck j sutherlin of camp pen ca fox 2/5

"1Sgt
A day doesn't go by without me thinking of the example that you set for myself and the other Marines in Fox Company. I will always remember and cherish knowing and serving with you. Words cannot describe your loss. I pray for your family and your three young boys, I know that I was truly blessed to know you and to see you in action. Guard the golden streets proudly Marine, we will all be together soon. Will all my respect.
Brian Foster
CPL/USMC
Fox Co. 2nd Bn. 5th Marines"
Brian Foster of St. Peters Mo. St. Charles

"1stSgt-I'll never forget your unexplainable ways of splitting up 10 twix bars between a 206 man rifle company without a single grain of sand-rest in peace smitty."
Sgt J. King of MSG Det, Quito, Ecuador

"Edward Smith was a childhood friend of mine in Chicago. My parents still live next door to his parents. Every time I visit my mom, I see the yellow ribbon on the tree in front of his house. That what inspired me to place a yellow ribbon to support our troops on my "yellow hummer" and on my tree. You were and always be my friend. You were always strong, very courageous, quick thinker and focused. I will miss you... My Friend... God Bless You and Your Brother Earl."
Robert "Wayne" Henderson of Chicago, IL

"We all wish we could have done more for him. He still wishes he could do more for us. He will never be forgotten"
T. La Sage of SSP 2/5

"Horsehead, you are the measuring stick by which all operators are judged. We all strive to be like you and your legacy on in our community. Your memory will live on forever in the hearts of all Recon Marines and Recon Corpsman. May God bless your family and your soul. Till the next patrol brother. S.S.D."
Doc of Oceanside, CA

"I'm am so sorry, I am 11 but am terrebly sorry, my friend's uncle, Cpl.Jesus Castro was in the same group as 1stSgt.Smith, he told us the terrrible story and are in deep sadness, bless the family of the fallen Hero. "SEMPER FI" "ALWAYS FAITHFUL""
michael of IL

"Horsehead, I will never forget you, afterall, you were the one who maintained Recon Bn, as it states in the Recon Creed: "Exceeding beyond the limitations set down by others shall be my goal. Sacrificing personal comforts and dedicating myself to the completion of the reconnaissance mission shall be my life. Physical fitness, mental attitude, and high ethics,- the title Recon Marine is my honor" you have instilled this in the batallion, and your legacy will always remain within your Family, Recon Bn, and your troops. I'll never forget the talk we had at your paddle party. See you in Valhallah."
Sgt Kirchner, 1st Recon Bn of Anaheim, CA.

"RIP 1STSGT"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes,IL

"1stSgt, I can only wish that I was in Fox company a little bit longer to soak up the wealth of knowledge that I know you had to give. I'm a reservist now up in Reno. There are many operators up there that served in the teams with you or under you when you came back to 1st Recon as The Gunny. They all know as well as I that you were no doubt leading from the front on that fateful day. And your leadership no doubt kept other, younger marines alive. I remember watching the 2003 World Series and seeing a man in the Anaheim PD helping to keep civilians safe while you could have been enjoying your weekend, sitting back watching the game from a sofa with a cold beer like the rest of us. I was proud. I pointed you out to my buddies who had no idea who you were or what you represented. And as soon as I got to Reno that next month, you were talk of those of us that knew you. 1stSgt, if we have to go back there, we'll make a place in our trucks for a seventh man a Real American Hero. And when I get extacted, I hope you'll be on post guarding the streets to check me in. Semper Fidelis 1stSgt Smith."
Seamus Davey, Operator Det. 4th Force Reconnaissance Co., Reno, NV of San Diego, CA

"I listen to the song (Brothers in Arms) every day on my way to work because of Sgt Smith and what we've lost in this "war" and I remember Sgt Smith from the documentary on tv. I cry every day for Sgt Smith and his family. I taped the documentary about Sgt Smith for my son (who's now serving in Iraq) and my husband to see and we all cry. I grieve for Sgt Smith and his family every day. He was a good man, a true soldier, loved by his commrades, and loved by us who didn't even know him but feel we do know him."
Sherri of Lehigh, FL USA

"1stSgt
I have no words, only good memories and the honor of serving a short time with you at 1st Recon Bn. When I heard the news; it did not shock me that you were leading your Marines out in front of our ranks.
“fast is smooth and smooth is fast”
God bless you and your family."
GySgt Hayes of Quantico, Va

"Dear family of Edward Smith,
I feel so sorry for your loss. I read about what happened and I feel so sad for your family and friends who were really close to him. I feel for you guys and I am praying for you. A follow American. I feel bad for your loss and I wish that never happened. I think he was brave to be in Iraq and fight for me and everyone else in our country."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"1StSgt I met you as a recruit then served with you in westpac 95. You recieved me as a pile and then served with me as a molded marine in a scout sniper platoon.I wouldnt have become that Marine without you or the man I am today.Thanx for the ecouragement and a chew. Semper Fi"
Aaron Larson of Congers, NY

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Edward, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I wanted to take this opporunity to let you all know how much I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Edward. To those of you I know, I'll never forget. And to those of you I've never met, maybe our paths will cross some day. We miss Edward very much, a loss of this magnitude can only be endured. We are doing our best to live each day to its fullest and to take comfort in the fact that he was ours, if only for a short time. Thanks and God bless you all."
Sandy Smith of Vista, CA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4-5-04)

"1stSgt, you are still missed by us at 2/5."
SSgt Hill 2/5 Comm of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Sergeant Smith, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Ed,
You helped me become a Force Recon Marine. You always had time to help a fellow team leader plan, even when you were overwhelmed with planning missions yourself. My team will never know how much they benefited from your experience.
To all who knew him, take comfort in this: Many Marines will survive dangerous times because they learned their trade from Ed; many more will survive because they are in the charge of leaders who learned their trade from him.
See ya at extract, Brother."
1st Sgt J. Mark Clark of 29 Palms, CA

"Horsehead,

See ya at extract and keep em cold until we get there."
R/FR5 of Talega/Margaritaville/Flores

"Horsehead,

See ya at extract and keep em cold until we get there."
R/FR5 of Talega/Margaritaville/Flores

"1stSgt. Smith aka Horsehead,

We got the word and didn't want to believe it. We got the word during the fight. We rucked up and did our thing trying to keep the word that you were gone out of our heads before going in for the job. You guided us with your leadership and you molded us into operators that you have always been. You always referred to us as DAWG and you loved putting us through your 200 dead hang pullups under 20 minutes. You always came up with something crazy. We asked why did you leave Force to come over to Recon Co and you responded with, "You see dawg, over at Force I would just be ANOTHER GUNNY running around carrying a ruck but here at Recon Co., I AM THE GUNNY". You will always be the GUNNY. We miss you brother."
M@BS5-1 of Horsehead country

"As someone had already commented, "You have not died until you are forgotten." That is true. At night before I go to bed I will pray for the well-being of your family. I did not know you, but you are still a person that I will always recognize as an honorable, hardworking, dedicated, and kind man. Words can't express how much you mean to everyone. From the people that you had touched and tought, to the people that you didn't get to meet and didn't get the honor to meet you. I thank you and all the rest of the soldiers that have died to give us freedom and safety. You will never be forgotten. May God bless you now that you are with him at his wonderful kingdom."
Brenda Alarcon of Anaheim, California

"Thank you Edward Smith, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"1st Sgt. Smith,
I want to thank you for all you had given me before I left FOX 2/5. You were the perfect Marine and one all Marines can look up to. Semper Fi, you will be missed"
Scott Gardner of Burbank, Ca

"Edward Smith was my drill instructor when I went through boot camp in 1993 (Platoon 1068). Smith was a hard-charging, dedicated Marine. Even though we were only recruits at the time, he would talk to us about his experiences in Force Recon. It was always a treat to listen to those stories, because as a recruit, you want to here the good stuff! I will never forget the day that I was training in the pool to get my WSQ rating, and a swim instructor came up to me and said "is Sgt. Smith your DI?". I said "Yes", and the swim instructor said "you should be honored to have him as a DI, I served with him in Force Recon and he is the most dedicated marine I have ever served with - not to mention he swims like a fish!". The Marine Corps, Edward's family, and all of the Marines who he trained have lost a great influence in their lives. I don't cry often, but I sit hear and shed tears for one of the most influential Marines in my life. Semper Fi 1st Smith, I will live my life the way you taught us - with courage dedication, and commitement"
Guy R. Valdes of Wenatchee, WA. United States

"It was an honor to have known and served with First Sergeant Ed Smith at 1st Recon Bn. He was a a true leader who always made time to counsel and give advice to junior Marines. He had a positive impact on everyone around him and will be sorely missed."
Capt Jeff Moore of 3rd Force Recon Co., Mobile, AL

"1st Sgt "Horsehead" Smith, known you since we were Sgt's at 1stForce Recon together. You were part of the solution, not the problem. May the Lord's face shine on the Smith clan."
James Lucas 1stSgt USMC of Cincinnati Oh

""Once a Marine, Always a Marine"...no matter what. Semper Fi. God Bless!"
RISEN Family, USMC of Oceanside, CA

"The story of 1st Sgt Smith gripped my heart. Being a Marine just on the edge of my own retirement, I related to his story. As I listened to his story, I sat holding my wife's hand and looking at my two children across the room. I tried to somehow imagine what it would be like if I were suddenly gone. How would my family respond; what hurt would they would be experiencing?

Dear Smith family. I'm sure you have been overwhelmed with letters, but please allow just one more. My prayers are with you. Your pain is shared and felt. As Marines we celebrate together, but we also feel each other's pain. 1st Sgt Ed Smith holds a special place in my life, even though I never knew him personally. He's a brother that I have lost. May the Lord bless the Smith family greatly! You will not be forgotten.

Semper Fi"
MSgt Simmons, Robert of Ft. Worth, Texas

"I watched the special on TV and I was moved and genuinely saddened by the death of Ed Smith.
I have been thinking particularly of his Wife and Children and what they must be going through.
I have no link to the war in Iraq however this story really hit me and made it so much more of a reality.
I can only say to the family of Ed Smith that you should be full of pride, he clearly was a great man and well respected. Remember he will always be there looking over you.
Be proud of him, and be proud of all the US soldiers on duty in Iraq."
Nick of Brisbane, Australia

"To the family of 1stSgt Ed Smith:

May God Bless you all in your loss of one of the finest men our Corps and Country was honored to have. I am confident he is in heaven looking down upon the Free World that he helped create and maintain. His memory will live with me forever."
LtCol "O", U.S. Marine Corps Reserve of Atlanta, Georgia

"I take my hat off to our military troops while they are away from home in harms way. It takes a special person to sacrifice a portion of your life to serve our great country. 1stSgt Smith gave his life serving the United States and he is a true hero.
Semper Fi!"
Sgt Don Salzler USMC 1990-1996 of Baltimore,MD

"How can I ever forget my DI, he was a Segeant and got promoted to Staff Segeant while a Drill Instructor in my platoon. Hard core Marine I will never forget. The only DI's hand I shook after my graduation. I remember him cathing me putting water on my head in 2nd phase and making the platoon pay for it. I will never forget him "whooing" as he made me count to 60, while the recruits dumped their lockers and then back to 1 as they put all their stuff back. Out of my DI's he's the one I remember the most, he really did express and taught us what it is to be a Marine. I can just seeing him now in heaven talking to other Marines up there, still training. I sill see him with that smokey, his favorite saying, " daggon Marines". I just finished reading an article in Rollingstone magazine and they spoke about him. It is true that the Marine Corps is small, everybody knows a good Marine, not to mention another former Marine in college who knew him also. Semper Fi and God bless his family."
Jose Calderon, Platoon 1068 1993 of Garden Grove, CA

"I as so many others watched the prime time special a few nights ago, and was deeply saddened by the death of 1st Sgt Smith, and all the life that has been lost and continues to be lost. Although I am not an American, i feel that a life is a miracle and to be able to live a free life, a blessing. So to the families of all the soldiers. God Bless you and God keep you in his graces."
Litzie Brooks of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

"To the family of Ed Smith,
I served with Ed from 1983 to 1984 on Okinawa, Japan. Ed and I were Lance Corporals when we met. We became friends almost immediately. We were workout partners, running partners and scuba school partners. Ed was a fine friend and already showed great leadership ablity. Within months, he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal. He always lead by example.

Although Ed and I had lost touch with one another over the years, I never forgot him (I have numerous pictures of him from our time on Okinawa).

When I saw the Primetime Live special the other night, I was devastated to learn that Ed had been killed. Our country lost a fine man that day. Ed's sacrifice will never be forgotten. I want you all to know that you are remember in my prayers."
Lt. John Brady of the Gwinnett County Police Dept., Lawrenceville, GA

"Where are the words I need to express my sorrow for the loss of this brave and generous man? There are none.

Perhaps a genuine "thank-you" to all who serve and to our veterans and a comittment to be a better person is what I can offer.

Our true heros are not on the football field or in the movie theater. They are in the service of our nation."
Patricia of Los Angeles, CA

"I am not as eloquent as I'd like to be so I want to leave a poem that I have always found comforting. I, along with many others, watched Primetime and was very saddened by First Sgt. Smith's death. My husband is with the Army's 1st AD in Baghdad now and I fear for him daily. Witnessing the bravery of First Sgt. Smith and his fellow Marines gives me great hope and pride along with a better understanding of the hardships the soldiers endure. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless You......

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
(Author unknown)"
Kimberly Pullease of Wiesbaden, Germany

"1ST. Sgt. Smith You are a true american hero serving your country as a Marine and as a Police officer your fellow Marines and officers are proud of you It made me sad to see you go then I felt and huge ammount of pride knowing that there is Marines out there protecting my freedom like you. One day we will meet because I know that Marines stand guard at heaven's gate and i will thank you then. Semper Fi, You will never be forgotten
Marine Scout-Sniper, Federal Police officer"
Gary Decker of Petersburg, VA US

"To his family: He was your son, husband, and father. What a courageous man! He did not die in vein. I know we have lost 270 men and women since the war began, each one of their lives was as important as the other, but Sgt Ed Smith stands out because he was so close to retirement. Just from the few minutes last night on the 48 hrs special you could tell what a courageous and caring man he was. My heart goes out to his family, my heart is heavy today and I truly feel for his family. God bless them and I know God is blessing Ed right now."
Erick Wegmann of Houston, TX

"May God rest the 1st Sgt's soul. All of us thank you and your family for your sacrifice for our Country and Corps. May God continue to bless the family of 1st Sgt Smith as they handle the passing of their loved one. Gone but not forgotten. THANK YOU and Semper Fi."
M. Gerner, Captain USMC (0302 former)

"Thank you, Sgt. Edward Smith, for your dedication to our country. It's men like you who have made our lives what they are today. We owe everything we have to you and your fellow soldiers.

God bless your family. I'm sure they are very proud of you."
Jennifer of New York, NY

"I watched the show last night and I was really touched. How sad I felt after knowing that Sgt Smith was really close to retiring. May God take care of him"
Luke of Apache Junction, AZ

"I was moved by the quiet dignity and leadership you imparted in just an hour on the Primetime Live special. I cried when I learned you were injured. This world is a lesser place without you. As an Army wife, I also grieve for the loss your family is suffering. Thank you for your service to the men and women of the Armed Forces and for your service to our country. I won't forget you."
Ann of Olympia, WA

"I just do not know where to begin. I am writing this with tears in my eyes. 1st Sergeant Smith was every bit a leader and just in the hour show on Primetime he has so touched my life and heart. I am a veteran of the Desert Storm Era and I have about 15 years of Military under my belt. I have had good leaders and I have had bad leaders. And only a few exceptional leaders. 1st Sergeant Smith was an exceptional leader. He cared about his troops and that was very obvious. He led from the front, that too was obvious. I am very proud to be an American and a veteran. He is truely a hero and should always be remembered as that. I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to his wife and children and let them know that all of America is embracing them. He sacraficed the ultimate as did his family. America and I are very grateful to 1st Sergeant Smith and to his family."
Jackie of Fredericksburg, VA

"as i watched the primetime special lastnight. i was so very proud to be living here in the united states.
i like so many that have written already was touched by 1st.sgt.smith even before he was shot.
i would like to say to his family and friends that he must have been a very special person to have touched so many lives. i feel as though i want to open my chest and pour my heart out to you. please know that i pray for you and hope the pain is not to much to bare.
to the marines that were there also with 1st sgt smith, let me say if i may i'm honored that i'm even able to write to you.
thank you!may god bless you and yours forever."
darlene of phenix city, ala.

"Last night I watched the PrimeTime show on FOX 25, and I want you to know what a profound effect watching that show had on me, most notably, the impact that 1st Sgt. Ed Smith had on his troops. He death is a tragedy. My heart grieves for the troops, family, friends, and country that he left behind. We have lost a great leader. Not even knowing the man, when I saw how deeply affected those men in FOX 25 were, I knew the magnitude of that event. I want to encourage the men that knew 1st Sgt. Ed Smith to strive to step up and fill the space that he left. Lead as he led, work as he worked, love as he loved, and be to other men what he was to you. War is a terrible, horrible thing, yet, there are brave men willing to stand out on the edge of the sword, and there are young men going into battle that need strong leadership to make it home alive. Our country mourns the loss of all of the service men and women our country has lost, yet long for the men and women who are willing to step into the gap and lead the men and women behind them to do greater things than what we have already done. God Bless America, and may the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Ed Smith find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Ed Smith died fighting to protect and save the things that have made this country great. We ARE willing to stand up for what's right, regardless of what the rest of this planet is doing."
Bo Gercke of Phoenix, Arizona

"1stSGT I write this to you . Even though you were my 1stSGt for only awhile before I left Fox ,I knew it was in good hands under your leadership. You set the pace , led from the front .You showed the WORLD WHAT MARINES STAND FOR , AND THATS THE LOVE OF YOUR BROTHER .And I know you look down from heaven and smile ...Semper fi"
SGT ALCOCES Fox2/5 of Marine Cadre . Kingsbay GA

"This Marine is a guy whos story effected me. A great hero that I will think of for the rest of my life."
Thomas Resh

"Semper Fi 1stSgt Smith, you were the epitomy of what the word LEADER meant. I will pray for your family, and will always have a special place in my heart for you. Guard the gates Big Dog, the Lord hasn't any worries now that you are on duty!"
GySgt Stefan of Chattanooga, TN

"i have a cousin in the marines and he is currently in iraq. i always think about his well being. i watched the tv special with Sgt. Smith and was moved so i decided to search the web for more information on this fallen hero.his sacrifice is not in vain. all of the passages on this page make me very proud to be an american. may god bless him and his family. rest in peace."
derek majewski of port saint lucie, florida

"This is my 2nd message, as I forgot to say something very important: Thank You. Learning about your life, career and sacrifice point out to me what I owe society and men like you, and cannot hope to fairly repay. I will be a better man, a better father and an better American, if I can, in some small way, reflect the tremendous example your life has set. America is a strong, safe and secure place because of you, and I feel fortunate beyond description to be here."
Chris Valle of San Diego

"It's heart breaking to lose such great men and women. They were brave, they were soldiers, they were freedom fighters and they will forever be respected, loved and appreciated. They served our country well and I am forever greatful! To all of the families, our hearts go out to all of you. May their souls rest in peace. God Bless..."
Chris Durst of San Diego, CA

"You deserved better, 1st Sgt. All those that you taught, served with and protected cannot hope to deserve better than you provided."
Chris Valle of San Diego

"God Bless you sir!
You had such a sweet face,and were so close to coming home.
I grieve for you tonight."
claudia of portland oregon

"Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice for our country"
HM3 Dave Fry of Tucson, AZ

"I just saw the Primetime special with Fox 2/5. I was devastated when they lost one of their own with their 1st Sgt. Tears won't bring him back but backing our troops and our country will make sure that his death meant something. God Bless his family and friends and the Marines in Fox 2/5 who lost a great leader."
Louise Stewart of Northglenn, Co

"God Bless You 1st Sgt,,your countrymen salute you."
USAF VET of Chicago

"I just finished watching the special on my local channel about the Fox 25 unit. It was so nice to see the faces of the men and women I've been praying for since the war began. From the beginning of the show, Sgt. Smith stood out to me. He was a strong, stout handsome man, yet I saw compassion, gentleness, and tenderness in his eyes. He was a leader, and his troops highly respected him. You could see that clearly in their eyes, which spoke volumns about him. When he was wounded, I cried bitterly while watching them transport him to the helicopter. I continued watching nervously awaiting news on Sgt. Smith. When they got the news of his death, I cried grievously. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family of this American leader in the armed forces. I pray comfort and peace to you. And America honors him with you. I thank God for the men and women of this great country who have put their lives on the line to protect our home and freedom. Although they are gone, they will never be forgotten. God Bless."
Renee Page of Forney, Texas

"I also just watch the Primetime special on tv tonight. I don't really know what compelled me to come here other than I want the family of Sgt. Smith to know how much I appreciate their sacrifice and that this was shared on television with the world. I know that in times when life seems too tough, his image of bravery, courage, love, laughter will embrace my family and I."
The Pelchats of Iowa

"After viewing a CBS special on Fox 2/5 in Iraq, I was left wiping the tears from my eyes. My deepest sympathy and regret goes out to 1st Sgt Smiths family, his friends, and the Marines that he led. May God bless you and your loved ones, and look over your Marines as they learn to deal with their experience."
John Pettit-("C" Co. 1/5 Desert Storm 1990-1991) of Geneva, Il

"As a former Marine from the time when 1st Sgt. Smith was still a fairly new Marine, I want to say that after watching the special on TV tonight I felt compelled to say a few things. First and foremost...my condolences to his wife and children. Second, and the thing that instills pride in me to this day is WHAT A MARINE!! He was what a SNCO is all about, to instill pride, determination and confidence in his Marines is inspiring. Equally important was his ability to be a father figure and shoulder to lean on in a time of need for a group of young men who are scared, confused and looking for guidance. I don't know if his children or wife will see this but I just want to say "OOHRAH" and I hope that they realize what an inspiration he is even to us old dogs. God bless 1st Sgt. Smith and his family."
William Mahoney of Houston, TX

"I just saw the Primetime Live special on Fox 2/5 and was so moved by it. I saw Sgt Smith was special from the beginning and prayed nothing would happen to him, then had great hope when it seemed he might survive his wounds. He seemed like a wonderful man and to have engendered such respect from his Marines is a true testament to his character. Also, what a remarkable legacy of service. To have been a career Marine and police officer--both dangerous, low-paying jobs that require bravery, dedication and love of country and people. I just can't say enough and I didn't even know him. My prayers go to his family."
Courtney Lawrence of Biloxi, MS

"As an Air Force member from the first Gulf war, I want to pass on my heartfelt gratitude to the 1st Sgt. for his commitment, dedication, and sacrifice for all of us who call ourselves Americans. I've served with some of the best men I've ever met, and I am now a grateful citizen giving thanks that men of that quality still serve for our freedom. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and those he served with. Thank you all as well."
John Dean of Franklin, Wisconsin

"Even though you were my First SGT for only a little over a year, you were a mentor, a man all could look up to, and look to for help. You gave everything to take care of us, "your boys". I will never forget everything that you taught me not only as an NCO, but as a person. You don't die until you're forgotten. SEMPER FI 1st SGT"
CPL T. STUPPY of FOX Co 2/5 Camp Pendleton, Ca.

"It seems like just yesterday he was bugging me for one of my dvd's to watch on his computer. Of course i wasnt gonna say no. I was there the day 1stSgt went down. That day keeps re-playing in my head over and over again. I would do anything to be able to hear him say, "Hey Watson, let me get Goldmember for tonight, I love that movie." I am so sorry for what happened 1stSgt. You have been and will always be missed very dearly. My heart goes out to the Smith family. Your husband, your father, your brother, your uncle was a great man, and a great Marine. God Bless, and Semper Fidelis!"
Lcpl Watson of Miami Tow Platoon.....you know we've got your back 2/5

"Rest in Peace, Sgt. Smith. May God Bless and give Comfort to your family during this trying time. I am a grateful American. "the brightest and the best, are laid upon the altar of sacrifice.""
M.L.Z. of Illinois

"One of the best Marines with whom I've had the honor to serve. His family has lost a great husband and father, and our country has lost a great American."
T.V. Johnson of 3rd MAW, Kuwait

"Thanks for everything that you taught me. God bless your family members"
SSgt Mouton of New Orleans La

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. We thank you Edward, for your courage and sacrifice. May God bless you and keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"SEMPER FI, MARINE!!! And a black band around my badge for you also!"
Shilo Garner of Monroe,NC

"1st Sgt. Smith was one of the greatest Marines ever knew. He was the heart and soul of 1st Recon Co. He was a mentor to all of us. He will be missed. Thank You "Gunny" for your leadership and your courage. May God Bless Your Family."
Sgt. Lynn/ 1st Recon Co. 2000-02.

"There are several similarities between 1st Sgt Edward Smith, USMC and my cousin SSgt. James W. Cawley, USMC. This came to light after reading the articles in The Orange County Register. Both were dedicated Marines. Both were in law enforcement. Both were dedicated family men. Both had a strong sense of duty and honor. Both were killed in Iraq. The United States of America is stronger because of men like these. May the Lord bless them and their families."
Mike Cawley of California

"To the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Edward for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Edward Smith:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Edward, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"To a brother Marine and a Brother Anaheim Officer.

Thank you Ed for your friendship,
Thank you for your sevice,
Thank you for your sacrifice.

May the lord bless you and your family for all Eternity.

Please take care of all those who will serve beside you while you patrol heavens scenes as a U.S. Marine.

Semper Fi, And again THANK YOU!!"
Ed Arevalo APD/USMC of Anaheim, California

"Ed Smith is my mentor and role model as an NCO in the Marine Corps. I had the privledge of serving in the same unit with him twice and am forever his brother, he taught me how to be an NCO when we were both Corporals together in 1st Recon BN in 1985-1989. The 1stSgt was set to retire from the USMC Jan 1 2003. He was an Infantry company 1stSgt at the time and could not bring himself to get out of the USMC as his Corps marched off to War in the defence of freedom, so he stuck around for one last operation and made the ultimate sacrifice. Ed is survived by his beautiful Wife Sandy and his Daughter and two Sons. "No greater love hath a man than he who lays down his life for his brother"."
Mike Davis (Gysgt USMC Ret.) of Kailua, Hawaii

"RIP First Sergeant. Semper Fi."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on