Edward B. Smith, Jr.

Edward B. Smith, Jr.

Edward B. Smith, Jr.

Colonel Edward Bradshaw Smith, Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, Class 3-45, 9th Reinforcement Depot and Ground Force Training Center, European Theatre on 30 April 1945. His first duty assignment was as a Platoon Leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, European Theatre. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Anti-Tank Platoon Leader, 2nd Batallion, 175th Infantry Regiment., 29th Infantry Div., Maryland NG; Company Commander, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment., 29th Infantry Div., Maryland NG; Company Commander, Tank Company, 175th Infantry Regiment., 29th Infantry Div., Maryland NG; Tank Gunnery Instructor, Weapons Department, US Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Company Commander, Tank Company, 38th Infantry Regiment., 2nd Infantry Div., Korea; Company Commander, 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Div., Korea; Assistant G-3, Headquarters, Second U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland; Company Commander, A Company, 25th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Armored Div., Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion S-3, 25th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Armored Div., Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Gunnery Department, 7th U.S. Army Tank Training Center, Vilseck, Germany; Battalion S-3, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 67th Armor, 4th Armored Div., Fuerth, Germany; Army Advisor, 31st Infantry Division, Mississippi National Guard, Greenville, Mississippi; Operations Officer G-1, U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Chief, Platoon and Team Branch, Command and Staff Department, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Chief, Task Force and Brigade Branch, Command and Staff Department, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Member, Army Fire Support Study Group, U.S. Army Combat Developments Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 2nd Armored Div., Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion Commander, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 67th Armor, 4th Armored Div., Fort Hood, Texas; Sector Advisor, 22nd Infantry Div. Advisor Detachment, MACV Pleiku, Vietnam; Chief, Doctrine Branch, Combat Arms Group, U.S. Army Combat Developments Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Member, Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations Vietnam, MACV Pleiku, Vietnam; Chief, Organization and Doctrine Div., Combat Arms Group, U.S. Army Combat Devopments Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Chief, Plans and Operations Div. G-3, Headquarters First U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland; Deputy G-3, Headquarters First U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland; Chief of Staff, First U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland. | Colonel Smith is a graduate of:  Armor Company Officer Course, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Royal Canadian Armorded Corps School, Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada; Field Grade Officer Refresher Course, U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Armor Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Counterinsurgency Course, Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Vietnamese Language Course, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California; Comand and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. | Colonel Smith's militatary awards and decorations include: the Combat Infantryman Badge w/ Star, Legion of Merit w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star V w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/4Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation V, Cross of Gallantry w/Gold Star (Vietnamese), Honor Medal (Vietnamese), Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Medal, European Theatre Medal w/4 Campaign Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Korea Service Medal w/3 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, United Nations Service Medal (Korea), and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

More Information

  • Rank

    Colonel

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Key Assignment

    Chief of Staff | First U.S. Army | Fort Meade, Maryland

  • Highest Award

    Legion of Merit

  • Year Inducted

    1992

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01531