Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Orenthial J. Smith

21, of Allendale, South Carolina.
Smith was in a convoy that was ambushed by small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq. Smith was assigned to Company A, 123rd Main Support Battalion, Dexheim, Germany. Died on June 22, 2003.

Smith was promoted to Sergeant on the day he died.

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"It has been almost 20 years, I have and never will forget you"
SSG Kenneth Klein ret of prince george va

"This year June 22 of 2022 makes 19 years that you left us. Crazy thing it hurts as bad now as it did then. You were like my little brother but you cared for me like you were MY big brother. Sometimes I still don't understand why you had to leave us. I do know that you wouldn't have if it was your choice. Today I understand that we all may have lost you physically but you are here in our heart. I still see you bright smile shining from a mile away. Rest easy Oj. Love you sweetpea."
Eugenia Drake of Florida

"RIP Smitty!!! I will always remember this convoy."
Gwendolyn Banks of Knoxville, Tn

"It has been so many years but I still remember smitty. I was an E5 back then, we worked on his trailer till like 2 in the morning prior to that convoy. I am getting older now and forget a lot of things from the deployments I did over the years but I will never forget that day. We lost such a good person in smitty. My heart goes out to his family and know that he will never be forgotten to his brothers in arms. Scott Hightower (SFC retired)"
Scott Hightower of Clarksville

"Rest in Peace Battle Buddy"
Wendy Lawrence of Lincoln, ME

"It's been a long time. You never knew I was there, but you made my deployment real. I was the medic that got out of that Bobtail. I made sure you were breathing and that you had a pulse. I gave you 2 IV's and with the help of 2 of your squad members, we pulled you out of that truck. We didn't have a litter so I put you on a piece of plywood and secured you with ratchet straps. Since we were told no helicopters were near to evacuate you, I made the decision to evac you in a HMMWV to the Aid station 10 kilometers up the road. After we put you in the truck and turned it on, a Blackhawk showed up just for you. We took you down and I met with the flight medic. I ordered a litter and a bottle of oxygen. We packaged you up and they bird was on its way. That's the last I heard about you until the next day.

We had to continue our original mission of the day. We stayed outside the wire that night and as soon as we got back to LSA dogwood, I asked my leadership if I could drive to the CSH to see how you were doing. It was then that I was informed that after 5 hours in surgery, you passed away.

I recounted my actions to my PA, a former SF medic, and after listening to my report, he looked at me and said, "You did everything I would have done and remember, if those seasoned trauma nurses and surgeons couldn't save his life while in surgery, what could you have done? You got him to the hospital alive. That’s all a medic can do."

I cried for 3 days.

I went to the memorial your unit held for you there at Dogwood but I didn't tell anyone who I was.

This message is for your family and friends.

Sgt Smith was a fighter. He held on as long as he could but his wounds were too great. Truly a hero and a warrior. His life impacted others in ways that you may never realize. Be proud to have had such a man in your lives.

I am sorry that it took so long for me to say this.

Jacob Guzman
20 December 2016"
Jacob Guzman of Houston, TX/USA

"My first contact when I arrived at Dexheim, Germany. My first weekend there he took me go-cart racing. We became instant friends. I think of him often."
SPC Allen-Asberry of Donaldsonville, LA

"Smitty was such an amazing person. He used to walk through the barracks and copy the 1SG and scare the crap out of everybody. We had a lot of fun in the barracks...joking around and talking about pro-wrestling. He was the happiest person I've ever met. He will be greatly missed!!"
Sabrina Brink of Ft. Riley, KS

"Every Sept 11th I pull out your card you sent me along with your picture and just sit back and remember all the fun times we shared over at 703rd MSB. You always kept a smile on your face and put one on mine even when I wasn't in the best of moods being pregnant in that hot motor pool. I know you are watching down on us today with that same smile on your face. Gone way too soon battle buddy! SGT Latrice Coleman (POL for life!)"
Latrice Coleman of Charlotte, NC

"Here we are 12 years later and it still feels like yesterday!! I count it a blessing to have known you and to have spent time with you the day before you departed. Your family is forever and always in my prayers!!"
Tamika "Mika Mac" of Phenix City, AL

"I often wondered why God call you home. You were a real friend never treated me different even when others turned there back on me, you remained my friend. I will always miss you. I miss you"
Bell, Romaana of 123 MSB

"Sgt Smith, You are not forgotten I thank the Lord for a Chance to know you Freedom isn't free you are a hero and a great man you where too young to have been taken From us Thank you for your service God Bless"
Sgt Cook Bco 123 MSB of New Boston Texas

"Smitty, please know that you are thought of often and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your jokes and laughter. You are missed everyday. And no, I still can't spell your first name from memory! LOL! Miss you honey!"
Crystal Mattison of michigan

"Miss you Smitty!!! I know you see me. I'm out the Army now and I'm about to go to College for Theology to become a Preacher! I know right Me outta all People... Lol..God don't make mistakes! Well Love You Sir and Continue to Protect Me and My Family like you always do...Donald Serate"
Serate, Donald L of Fayetteville, NC

"Today I ran in Smitty's honor at the Fort Lee Run For The Fallen. It has been over 10 years since the enemy took your life all too soon. Your infectious smile and bubbly spirit still linger in my mind. I just wanted to come post to let your family know…your service and sacrifice to our country are NOT forgotten."

"Sgt. Smith,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Rest In Peace,O.J. We love you but God love you more!!!"
Willa Goode of Queens,NY

"Honor and Respect."
SFC John Kennedy (Retired) of Radcliff, KY

"I was Smitty's platoon leader for seven months, until just before our deployment to Baghdad. He was perhaps the best soldier we had in POL, and without a doubt one of the finest men I've ever known. I'll always remember his toughness, dedication, work ethic, and positive attitude...and I'll always wish that I had a chance to see the apparently wickedly funny impression he used to do of me behind my back. May God comfort and watch over his family, who gave our nation everything."
Brayden Yoder of Kailua, HI USA

"Smith was one of the brightest happiest soldiers I ever met. We were in the same PLATOON and I can honestly say he was a class act and he loved being a soldier. When I heard the news I was already out the service, and it still hurt to hear. Not that in conflict you don't expect casualties, but you don't expect it to be a guy who would really die for his country. I say that because conversations he and i had I knew he loved the army and he would have given his life and he lived by the core army values that we all were given in basic. I loved him as a brother and like a brother. Even though time was short his memories will last a life time. Here here To Smith our brother in arms gone but never forgotten. From E-3 Randolph"

"I had the pleasure of serving with Smitty in 703rd at Fort Stewart. He left for Germany just before our unit deployed to Iraq, then his unit ended up replacing us downrange. The news of his ultimate sacrifice was difficult but I have found peace in knowing he is resting in a glorious place. A good friend, a stand up soldier and a true hero. He is missed deeply. My prayers are with his family."
Nicole Cartledge of Sumter, S.C.

"Smitty I remember the day you got to the unit. I even remember you telling me the story on how you got your name. Your mom was a huge fan of "O.J. Simpson" confession that's how I learned what his real name was. I remember the love you had for your beloved car (black BMW). You always had a smile on your face and so loyal to those you trusted and cared for. I was in Iraq when I heard the news and it was like time stood still and I was in disbelief. There is not a day that doesn't go by that I don't think about you and your family. Your memories will forever live on. Gone but never forgotten, love you always."
SSG Durham, Shonnette of Ft. Campbell, KY

"SGT Smith, I see your picture and the tears begin to flow down my cheeks. You were an out standing person. You made me laugh and you were also very wise for your age. Im greatful to have known you and served with you."
SSG Robinson, Sarah of Fort Irwin, CA, USA

"Oh Smitty... It's going to be 9 years this year since u left this world. I still think of u each day and what a wonderful person you are!
It was such an honor to know you and serve with you in the 123rd. Like our company motto, you were "Always Ready!"
I remember my 22nd bday party, dec 2002. We had just gotten back from 45 days in the field. It was so great to let loose and relax, and man did u love you some doritos!! Oh and your impression of LT Yoder! Man, it made us all LAUGH!!!!!!
If I turn out to be half the person you are, I will be doing good... You will always be missed! I am so grateful for the times we got to spend together. You were and will always be my friend..."
Brandi Little of Anniston, AL

"I was in bravo company 123rd msb with smithy. he was a good person. i hung out with him from time to time, i was in alpha comany' s barracks alot hanging out with Little and Nunez. I remember to this day about 2 weeks before you died, we was at Camp Dogwood, Irag and we we were sitting on the back of a 5 ton and you told me Cheeks, i have a bad feeling about being out here, I don't want to be here. I told you that we will all make it back and not to worry, i was trying to lift your spirts up. None of us wanted to be there at all but we had a job to do. After that, I got transfered to biap to drive s and p's. that was the last time i talked to smith. none of us have never thought that we would lose someone out there especially a good soldier and friend like smith. The whole bn was was shocked and devastated by your loss. After we found out what happened, SSG Petterson came in the tent and said " who wants to go back out and recover smiths trailer and tractor and everyone including myself volunteered without no hesatation. me and spc. medelas botailed out there and brought your trailer back. it was poeple from different comanies in the bn that went on that mission. we were hurt and mad over your passing and we wanted to get revenge. everyone in the bn was like a big famliy and always had each others backs no matter what. we all miss you smith. we will never forget you! R.I.P."
FREDERICK CHEEKS of killeen, texas

"I was stationed in dexheim with sgt. Smith, and also when we went to Iraq. I always remebered him as being a leader and an outstanding soldier. His death touched me dearly, because I was the one that got called in to rescue the ambushed convoy, but unfortanetly we were too late. I will never forget that day. My thought's and prayer's go out to the Smith family. Rest in peace sgt. Smith I will never forget you....... Spc. Aaron Doering"
Aaron Doering of Bismarck, ND, usa

"I was stationed in dexheim with sgt. Smith, and also when we went to Iraq. I always remebered him as being a leader and an outstanding soldier. His death touched me dearly, because I was the one that got called in to rescue the ambushed convoy, but unfortanetly we were too late. I will never forget that day. My thought's and prayer's go out to the Smith family. Rest in peace sgt. Smith I will never forget you....... Spc. Aaron Doering"
Aaron Doering of Bismarck, ND, usa

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"The soldier stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass;
He hoped his shoes were shining bright,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't;
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough;
I've had to break your rules my Lord,
Because the world is awfully tough.

But, I never took a thing
That wasn't mine to keep;
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear;
And sometimes ... God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here;
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand;
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints often trod;
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, soldier,
You've borne your burdens well;
Come walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in HELL!"
~ Author Unknown ~

i know it hurts to miss, but its grace that allows us to remember....thank you for the ultimate sacrofice....see you in the future brother"
Jacinto Ponciano, Jr of lubbock, texas

"SGT Smith, Smitty, this is how he wanted his brothers in arms to call him. I will truly miss you mi brother. God's word says that the Lord can make us an instrument of peace. I have no doubt in my mind that God have used your brave spirit to accomplish his goal. I am truly honored to have served with such a bright man in my platoon. SGT Smith was a role model to the other soldiers. He was beloved by the entire company. He was the kind of soldier every NCO would want to have in his group. Smitty, I will miss you and keep you in my prayers. God bless you for your dignity as a human being.

To Smity's family: Let's have joy for he is with the Lord! He is now a soldier of God. You may have lost a son or brother, but I can assure you that you have gained a guard angel. God thanks you for allowing us share great moments with him. If there is anything I can ever do for you, do not hesitate in letting me know. I will be in eternal gratitude to this brave hero that never gave up.
God Bless you.

SFC Juan Nieves
Incirlik, AB, Turkey.
SFC Nieves, Juan of Incirlik, Turkey

"You have done well. You are with the Lord. live on forever~~~"
Juanita of Sunrise/Florida/USA

"I can not believe it is about to be 6 years!!! I remember the days going to St. Mary and watching you, Frog, and Ron playing in church as young boys would do in church. My Dad, Mckinley, would always talk to ya'll about it! I am so grateful to be related to a hero such as yourself! You gave the ultimate sacrfice for this country and I am so grateful! It is because of men and women like you that I am free and My children are free. I know you are in a place where I am striving to be. I love you always!"
Mikkia Neal of Barnwell/Columbia/SC

"my thoughts and prayers go out to the familiy. I was once in bravo co 123rd. When he passed the heaven opened up and allowed another soldier to come home."
chris "okie" arhtur of 3-75 ranger reg. ,ga


"Hi All, I am taking this time to thank my cousin O.J. and all the service men and women who have and still fighting so that we can be free."
Willa Goode of Cambria Heights, N.Y.

"well its been almost 5 years since you left this world but i still cant forget all the joy you brought to everyone that met you. i was stationed with SMITTY in dexhiem germany and as joe said you never gave up on ole dale jarrett but thats alright. i remember the week before you died you came to me in the motorpool and said some of your trucks had some mechanical issues and you would appreciate it if i could get to them. i said sure i will get with you after lunch and we can take a look at them. well lunch came and went i walked over to your platoons tent said hey yall seen SMITTY everyone? no havent seen him. well i looked everywhere asking everyone and if you knew me then i had a short fuse so i said to heck with it. as i was walking toward our makeshift shop i looked up in a truck and there sat SMITTY just waiting for me to come and get his truck. unfortunately that wasone of our last days together. i was medically evacuated from iraq and the day he died i was in kuwait waiting my trip home to have surgery. SMITTY BETWEEN THE GO CARTS AND THE WORLD BOWL 10 TRIP (boy that was a long night) i sure cant complain about the time we had together i am just sorry more people didnt have the chance to meet you and learn all you had to offer. i used to go look at your car back at the base boy would you have ever been upset. it had dust all over it. i remember the day you bought that car from me i sure hated to sell it but i sure couldnt turn down the smile it brought to your face just knowing it was yours. that car meant to a couple of use and their will definately never be another one like it. i just hope it got to its rightful owners Smitty i have cleaned up my act and am starting to resemble what you stood for and that sure makes a person feel good. you will be missed but i nor anyone that knew you will forget they joy you brought to this world.


"February 8, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Orenthial J. Smith:
Orenthial 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

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. After reading all the reflections left here by your family members, friends and fellow soldiers, all I can say is that I wish that I had had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

""I remember the day that I met Orenthial Smith, like it was yesterday. I was at Camp Dogwood and my soldiers were recieving training on the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Smitty was the instructor that hot day. I, a newly promoted SGT, remember thinking to myself that day, "this guy really knows his stuff". He handled himself so professionally that day. I will never forget that period of instruction, for it was only days before the attack. I grieve to this day for this natural leader. That was the first time we met, and between classes he had a great sense of humor. May God bless you SGT Smith and each and every single person affected upon and during our loss. Even though many felt a deep loss when you left, the Man Upstairs gained a HERO and someone to truly be proud of. As anyone can see, it's 2007 now, 1000 PM and YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!""
SSG Ron Vinson of FT. Leonard Wood / MO

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
Americas has been built on the blood and sweat of its Brave Heros. Thank you Sgt. Smith for your sacrifice and the freedoms I hold so dear. My you rest well in Gods loving embrace brave solider."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"To the Smith Family,
A number of years have now passed, and I know the pain is as new today as it was the day Orenthial died. My deepest sympathies to your family. I had the pleasure of knowing Smitty in the 123rd. He was the top soldier in our PLDC class in Grafenwoehr, Germany. We were in the same platoon as well. He always shared his knowledge with the rest of us, and I was proud to know him then. When we were still in Kuwait before we pushed North, we found ourselves washing our laundry together once and were discussing our "plans." Smitty always had his eyes on the prize and new precisely what it took to make it both in life and in the military. He was an outstanding role model to all of us who knew him, and he ALWAYS had a smile and good things to say. He was very much looking forward to going to college after the army, but I always hoped he would consider a career in the army, as it would be the army's loss if he had gotten out.
I was assigned to the 123rd as the only Mortuary Affairs Specialist in the Mighty Main. I knew him well, and it was a terrible loss for all of us that day. I had been medevac'ed to Landstuhl Regional Med Center just a few days before he died, so I was not in Iraq at the time. I knew the staff at the Mortuary Affairs Activity Center at Landstuhl, and they allowed me to be at the Tarmac at the air-field when he arrived in Germany. The Honor Guard that met him, and brought him off the plane took great care with him, and throughout the entire process, he was cared for professionally and with compassion. He was not just my friend on that day; the soldiers there were his brothers, and they took the utmost care with him. I am proud of them for their actions, and want to assure the family that he was cared for because he was our brother on that day.
I hope that you may find some solace in knowing that he was cared for with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion.
I wear a black bracelet with his name on it, and it always reminds me to stay focused on my missions. I have moved on from the 123rd, but I take Smitty everywhere I go.
May God calm your hearts and comfort you at all times.
I can be contacted at shane.d.foshee@us.army.mil if there is anything that I may be able to answer for you.
Deepest Regards,
(ex Staff Sergeant) Shane D. Foshee
2LT, Infantry
HHC, 2/11 IN RGT,
Fort Benning, GA 31905"
Shane D. Foshee of Ft Benning, GA

"I had the priveledge of knowing SGT Smith for a short time, while we attended Primary Leadership Development Course in Germany together. He was always making us laugh in class, which helped the time pass. I also remember that he took time each day to call his mother. He was a real soldier, and a true gentleman."
SGT Joshua Taylor of Edmond, OK

"First off to the smith family i would like to send you my blessings and prayers i knew "smitty was in his company at the time and i miss him we used to go to his room alot and play madden alot but he was so much more than that i could easily fill up this box many times over but i love and miss my old friend i,m now at FT.Lee but i,ll never forget Dexheim or the impact he had on me as a person i mean just the few times we interacted with one another will always have an indent of good time s in my mind."
SFC Rollins and familly of FT LEE VA U.S.A

"To the family of:Orenthial J. 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"

"SGT SMITH and I were in PLDC together in Germany as well as in the same unit A Co 123rd and Delpoyed together. I will never forget his spirit or kindness. God Bless him and his sacrifice."
SGT Bobbiejo Ulm (bobbiejo lazo) of el paso, tx

"I knew "smitty" while stationed at Ft. stewart, GA. He lived across from me at the barracks. ALways was a stand up guy, coolest guy I met. Always had an upbeat attitude. My sympathy goes to his family for the tragic lost. RIP Smitty"
Jacinto Ponciano of Killeen, TX

"When I went to Iraq with the 123rd MSB, I was new to the battalion and had never met SGT Smith. As the new personnel officer, I was in the operations center when word came through about the ambush that took Orenthial's life. From that sad day, almost three years ago, until the day I die, I will never forget SGT Smith. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him myself, the wonderful things I've heard about him from all the Soldiers that served by his side make me wish I had. I do know that he was an exceptional American and a wonderful person. He is deeply loved by his unit and the Soldiers whose lives he touched. God Bless."
Joel Morgan of San Diego, CA

"First I would like to say "Smithy" I miss you! And your in my heart always. But to the Smith Family, I would like to say that Orenthial was more then just a solider he was true friend. I met Smithy in Ga. Ft Stewart and from the start he was a friend,During our time in Ga,I lost my mother and he was there for me through it all a TRUE friend so i felt like I lost a friend and a brother more than anything when I got the news. So I understand a loss of a loved one. But always know that he is the "WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS" He is a true angel and always know that he is with you, And my prayers are with you all!
God Bless You ALL.
Spc.McBride,Dana Ft. Stewart GA."
Dana Mcbride of elkton,md

"SGT.SMITH and I were in the same squad in Dexheim, Germany for over a year and a half. It was so sad and devastating hearing what had happened. When we sat in the motor-pool Sgt.Smith always used to rub his hands on my hair cause he said he liked how the waves on my head felt. When I got pregnant he always rubbed my stomach, and in the blink of an eye, he was gone. I still don't believe that he's gone, but he's in a much better place now. I pray for his family, because he was only a friend to me and I miss him dearly, I can't imagine what his family is going through. At least we all know how many people loved him as a friend."
Nasha Belfon of Jamacia/New York

"SGT.SMITH and I were in the same squad in Dexheim, Germany for over a year and a half. It was so sad and devastating hearing what had happened. When we sat in the motor-pool Sgt.Smith always used to rub his hands on my hair cause he said he liked how the waves on my head felt. When I got pregnant he always rubbed my stomach, and in the blink of an eye, he was gone. I still don't believe that he's gone, but he's in a much better place now. I pray for his family, because he was only a friend to me and I miss him dearly, I can't imagine what his family is going through. At least we all know how many people loved him as a friend."
Nasha Belfon of Ney York

"To the family of Orenthial: I received a bracelet today (02/05/05) from herobracelets.org with your son's name on it. Please know I will remember him and his sacrifice every time I look at it."
Jane Manning of Norridge, IL

"To the family of Sgt Orenthial Smith. I was with your son in the trauma unit the day he passed away. I was the DISCOM chaplain at that time and provided prayers for him and the medical staff that day. Thank you for the sacrifice of your son and soldier in the service of his country. You should be proud of him as we were that day. If you wish more information from me you can write to william.c.mccoy@leavenworth.army.mil"
Chaplain (Major) William McCoy of US Army Command & General Staff College, Leavenworth KS

"I say this to the smith family, your son was a very very good friend while we were stationed together at FT Stewart. we just so happened to be roommates for close to 3 years so we became close.I myself was in Iraq when i recieved news of his passing and therefore was unable to attend funeral services. I really miss him he was a great friend and was a professional at all times and he will be greatly missed.Rest in peace SMITTY!"
SGT Adam Cash of Wetumpka, AL

"I never meet Orenthial but from all the messages and the support O.J. was a wonderful person and very supportive of his mother and sister. Hopefully one day I will part of the smith family when i marry his sister Talisha."
Jimmy Sherrod of Columbia South Carolina

"I served with smitty in the 3rd infantry division, 703d MSB for about 1.5 years and was very lucky to know him. Being from South Carolina myself we would always talk about Gamecock football and pro-wrestling. I talked to him the night before I returned to Kuwait and as smitty always was he was in the best of possible moods given the situation. I am incredibly sorry about what happened, but very,very proud of what he stood for. A good friend and a great soldier. God Bless"
James Grizzle of Cowpens, SC

"smitty was one of a kind. he was a nice soldier who had his head on his shoulders. and i will always miss you. and how sincere you were. i know everyone in POL will never forget you. even though i was NBC we were all on the same team fighting the same war. i was devastated when i found out you had passed. i love you smitty and you won't be forgotten. you are my baby's guardian angel. and watchful eye. it was fun getting to know you and joking around....pfc precious hill, hhd 123rd msb, dexheim germany"
precious hill of dexheim, germany

"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

"I don't know how to say I'm sorry for your loss. In the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln said "these men shall not have died in vain." The same goes with Orenthiel, and all the men and women that have lost their lives. I just wish that there was a way for them to find their life. So why do they call it freedom if its not free. Mabe it shall be free once we have it paid and full."
Davey Haseley of Gasport N.Y. US

"First I'd like to let Sgt Smiths family know that I had the pleasure of serving with your son in the POL platoon in Dexheim, Germany for a couple of years and it would be pretty hard to find a more dedicated and hard working soldier. My thoughts are with all of you. I used to go go-cart racing with Smith and a group of us would all sit and watch the Nascar race every Sunday. I'll never forget who Smiths favorite racer was. I could and still will never forget because everytime he won a race Smith would see me the next morning at work and let me hear how his guy beat mine. All in good fun. From two blocks away Smith would spot me and yell out "Dale Jarrett Baby!!!". I could never do anything but smile. Smith was as pasionate about the Army as he was anything else. During my 6 years served I probably only met 10 other soldiers with that kind of work ethic and professionalism. If I or anyone for that matter ever needed anything we knew Smith would always be in his room. Because that's where Smith spent alot of his time, preparing his uniform and boots for the next day. The constant soldier. The guy you want with you if anything goes down. Smith is the only person I personaly have known that made the ultimate sacrafice. When i heard last year i couldnt beleive it. This, the same guy that used to give me a ride or let me borrow boot polish or starch, was gone. I feel honored to have known Smith and will never forget the way this man went about his day-with a purpose and all the way everyday. When you here military personel say terms like "high Speed" , "hard charger" and hard core", picture Sgt Smith. Sgt Smith was my friend and I'll miss him. It's the fact that i know he's in a better world that can make this a little better. I couldn't imagine what is like to be in his families shoes but I do Know what it was like to know this soldier, and it was a pleasure. I bet he would have stayed in the Army if they told him they werent gonna pay him. He was that hard core...God Bless him for what he did. And once more to the family of Sgt Smith, you're son is a hero."
Joe Booth of Texas

"I had the chance to know SGT Smith. Got to work with him in the battalion. He was an excellent soldier and good friend to all of us who knew him. He was an honor to himself and the United States Army. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and the lives he touched."
Gary of Bolivar, Ohio USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Orenthial, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Remembering Orenthial J. Smith on this Valentine's Day '04. I've been attempting to do this for several months now. This is not easy. Orenthial was someone that I had known all of his life. He was such a bundle of joy when he was born, a beautiful fat baby.He was such a smart intelligent child. I remember when he was approximately 5 years old and the words that he would pronounce was unbelieveable. He was an honor student in Elementary and Middle school.When he entered High School his grades dropped because the kids would call him a "nerd". The family continued to talk to him about the importance of education and being all that HE could be. By the time that he was a junior he was back on the honor roll. When he decided to go into the army I said Orenthial you can attend almost any college that you want. He said I want to join the army. We finally accepted it knowing that he had made up his mind. Orenthial was a very spiritual person also. I can see him now with his Bible going to church with his family. He was active in church also. I watched him grow into a tall slender young man.He had a caring spirit. He loved the ladies in his life, especially his mother and only sibling, Talisha.Today being Valentines Day, there would have been phone calls, cards, and gifts. He was very helpful also. I remember the times when I would be doing something and he would say "Aunt Betty, let me do it. I got it".When I was taking him back to the base one year(on my way back home) after driving endless miles through the scary woods I decided to speed. Lo and behold would't you know it. Here comes MP. I received a ticket and Orenthial said don't worry Aunt Betty I'll pay for it, I said no.In February 03 I was at his mother's house when he called. He told me that he had completed the leadership course for Sergeant and had graduated 9th out of 127. I will never forget the words he said to me. He said "Aunt Betty thanks for everything and not giving up on me. I could have never done it without people staying on me. I can't believe that I have accomplished so much in such a short time." His voice was full of joy, excitement, and happiness. He always walked as if he had many things to do, in a hurry. I will always love and remember my nephew. I feel that when he left us it was MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED. He was satisfied and oh what a hero. Orenthial I love you. Until we meet again. And to all, Thanks for your prayers, words of comfort and let's continue to pray for our soldiers and their families. GOD BLESS"
Betty Thompson of Hollywood, Fl

"To Spc. Smith's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Orenthial was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"Dear Friends and Family of Orenthial:
I was traveling through GA on my way to SC and happened to notice a beautiful cemetary near a peaceful pasture. Something drew me to stop the car and walk through the cemetary. I happened to notice Orenthial's tombstone and was deeply moved. We are often too busy to remember how much our brave men and women give to protecting our freedom. Orenthial is a true hero and will always be remembered as such! Thank you Smith family for raising such an honorable and courageous son! We will forever be indebted to Orenthial and the Smith Family. Please be strong and remember you are in our thoughts and prayers!! Orenthial's sacrifice will never be forgotten!"
Eric Mondi of Alpharetta, GA

"Thank you Orenthial 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

"I have known little of SPC Orenthial Smith but what I do know is he was a professional, deicated soldier. These aspects of a junor leader only enforced truth of a man who cared about his soldiers and others in his unit. To care is to conmit. The loss of Orenthial will always be felt by his fellow friends and soldiers still serving in Iraq. My deep regrets to the Smith family for your loss. Orenthial will always be missed. He truely is a hero."
SSG Anthony Romagno

I am the sister of Sgt. Orenthial J. Smith and I will always remember him as a loving brother who is a fighter that never gives up. He stuck by me through thick and thin. He never gave up on me and he always put someone first before his self. He was not selfish and he would not let you get beneath his skin. He will always be remembered as the loving son and brother who gave us freedom to live and paid it all in Iraq. We the Smith Family would like to say thank you for your prayers, thoughts, and concerns. Please continue to pray with us as we pray for you.
I Love You, O.J. and you will never be forgotten..!!!!"
Talisha Smith of Martin, SC

"Hello everyone,
I would just like to say thank you for all your prayers and thoughts on behalf of Irateen (OJ's mother) and the Smith family as a whole, for we are a tight knit family and always stuck together. This incident that happened to OJ was an unfortunate one but one that we will always remember...OJ gave his live for each one of us. As they say, Freedom is not free, and OJ paid the price for us. OJ was a wonderful person with a great spirit. He will NEVER be forgotten. I know that you may be reading this thinking who is she??? My husband is/was OJ's cousin, in addition to that, both my husband, Cedric and I, we are U. S. Marines. We know how it feels on both sides, and it is hard, so please continue to pray for the Smith family. Once again thank you.

Marcy and Cedric Smith

We love and miss you OJ!!!!!"
Marcy Martinez-Smith of Jacksonville, NC

"Sgt Smith was loved by all in his unit. his personality made a day working with him such a joy. not too many people know but he came up for orders for his E-5 Sgt promotion the day he died. Congratulations! i will always remember him as a person and comrad i would work with any day! he was a 'high speed' soldier that i always wanted to be! he was loved by all in our unit and will always be remembered...."
PFC Anderson of Butzbach Germany

"My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Orenthial. My daughter serves in Bravo Co. of the 123rd MSB in Baghdad....I have shared the fears but do not know the depth of the pain you are feeling today as you lay Orenthial to rest. Please know that you will be in thought and prayer today and in the days to come. Army Mom of "Mighty Main""
Connie of Avon, Minnesota

I am Orenthial's cousin and I just wanted to say thank you for all the kind words on this page. It touched my heart to see beautiful words from people who never knew him. Orenthial was a smart and loving person and he would do anything to help anyone. He loved his family and friends very much. He will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! My family appreciates your love and support. May God bless you all!

I will always love you Orenthial!

Your cousin,
Felecia Wallace"
Felecia Wallace of Barnwell, South Carolina

"Specialist Smith will always be a hero to those of us here in this great country. He paid he ultimate sacrifice for his country and all of us and he WILL NOT be forgotten. Please give him a hug from all of us God. Rest in peace Orenthial."
Beth of Delaware, USA

"To the family and friends of Spc. Orenthial 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 Orenthial 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 Spc. Orenthial 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 Orenthial, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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