Smith, Raleigh Merritt, CDR

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1971, 131X, HC-5 Providers/Arch Angels
Commander
Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1938
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Newburgh, NY
Last Address
Virginia Beach. VA

Date of Passing
Oct 31, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery - Suffolk, Virginia
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HAL-3 Seawolf Association
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Last Known Activity
Virginia Beach - Raleigh Merritt Smith died at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 31, 2014 following a short battle with an aggressive cancer.

Born in 1938 in Newburgh, NY, he was the son of the late Marjorie Triscott (Ashplant) and Col. George M. Smith, USAF. Grieving his passing are Raleigh's wife of 51 years, J. Lee Smith; two sons, Cory W. Smith and Bradley M. Smith; and Brad's daughter, Heather L. Thomas.

Raleigh entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program to become a helicopter pilot. His Naval career included a tour in Vietnam where he earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (29 awards), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit citation, Vietnam Air Gallantry Medal with Bronze Wings, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon and Navy Commendation Medal with V/ Combat Action Devise.

He also served in Pensacola, FL, San Diego and Long Beach, CA, recruiting duty in Oklahoma, and with NATO commands in the United Kingdom and Virginia Beach. He received his B.S. degree in Science at Oklahoma City University, OK. Raleigh retired from the Navy as a commander with 29 years of service. His second career spanned 16 years as an environmental engineer in the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

His kind, generous and gentle nature combined with sports interests enabled him to make several life-long and close friendships. Raleigh also enjoyed cars, photography, guns and anything techy. He was blessed in his final days to share memories with many of these special people.

Services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1457 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. Internment will be at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
   
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
Start Year
1968
End Year
1968

Description
This Campaign period was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. The Naval air and gun fire support to operations such as Operation Silver Mace gave ground units the needed firepower while AirForce units were moved to air operations over Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. From 7 to 18 April, ground, air, and naval units from each of the American services, the Vietnamese Navy, and the Vietnamese Marine Corps conducted Silver Mace II, a strike operation in the Nam Can Forest on Ca Mau Peninsula. The enemy avoided heavy contact with the allied force, but his logistical system was disrupted.

Enemy air defenses caused aviators more concern for by 1968 the Communists had developed a defensive system that was well-armed, coordinated, and supported. On the ground throughout North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Laos, the enemy trained skyward thousands of small arms, automatic weapons, and antiaircraft artillery. North Vietnam alone contained 8,000 weapons of many calibers, concentrated around key targets. Beginning in early 1965, surface-to-air missiles (SAM) were added to this defensive arsenal, and by early 1968 over 300 SAM sites dotted the North Vietnamese countryside. The entire defensive system was tied together with a sophisticated network of communications, air alert stations, and early warning, ground control-interceptor, and fire control radars. New and replacement weapons and ammunition were amply supplied by sympathetic Communist countries. The loss in Southeast Asia of 421 fixed-wing aircraft from 1965 to 1968 attested to the strength of these defenses. The aviators killed, missing, or made prisoner totaled 450. The operating environment was especially dangerous in North Vietnam, where 382 Navy planes were shot down, 58 of them by SAMs.

Although only accounting for eight of the Navy's aircraft during this three-year period, the North Vietnamese air units posed a constant threat to U.S. operations, thus requiring a diversion of vital resources for protection. The enemy air force varied from 25 to 100 MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, and MiG-21 jet fighters. The country's jet-capable airfields included Gia Lam, Phuc Yen, Cat Bi, Kep, Kien An, Yen Bai, Son Tay, Bai Thuong, Hoa Lac, and Vinh. The U.S. Navy engaged in its first air-to-air encounter of the war on 3 April 1965, when several MiG-15s unsuccessfully attacked a flight of F-8 Crusaders near Thanh Hoa. On 17 June, two Midway F-4 Phantoms registered the first kills in the long conflict when they downed two MiG-17s south of Hanoi. 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Nov 5, 2014
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  391 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, William, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Baker, John, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Baronich, Jr., Harold, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Beckman, Brent, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Beden, W. Brent, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Benton, Donald, SCPO, (1965-1991)
  • Betts, Perry, PO2, (1967-1970)
  • Brooks, Lawrence, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Carrington, Stan, SCPO, (1958-1984)
  • Catalfamo, Al, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Cayford, Bill, PO1, (1966-1972)
  • Christenson, Harold, PO1, (1960-1968)
  • Ciokon, Joe, CMC, (1956-1986)
  • Clevenger, James, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Coffman, Wilbur, LT, (1966-1997)
  • Coleman, James, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Cox, Danny, PO3, (1967-1974)
  • Delauney, Mitchell, PO1, (1974-1988)
  • East, Thomas, PO1, (1973-1990)
  • Eberle, William, SCPO, (1965-1990)
  • Ebey, John, MCPO, (1963-1993)
  • Eichhorn, Jay, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Elam, Richard, PO3, (1964-1968)
  • Elam, Stephen, PO1, (1966-1994)
  • Ellis, Jim, PO3, (1967-1970)
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