Lance Corporal Jonathan L Smith

9 April 1983 - June 6, 2005

Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Lance Corporal Jonathan L Smith was born 9 April 1983 in Carrolton Georgia. He graduated from A.P. Brewer High School in Somerville, Alabama in May 2002. On 12 August 2002, he joined the Marine Corps and was given the military occupation of Assault Amphibian Vehicle Repairman. Upon completion of his training at Camp Pendleton, California, then PFC Smith reported to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion. Upon the battalion's return from Operation Iraqi Freedom, PFC Smith was assigned to Bravo Company. He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in October 2003. He quickly established himself as a Marine who could be counted on to get the job done. He was appointed the collateral duty of Bravo Company Publications Clerk as well as a member of the Bravo Company Vehicle Recovery Team.His effectiveness in mastering the publications program earned him a Certificate of Commendation for the period; 1 March to 15 August 2004

Lance Corporal Smith was known for the contrast of being both a jokester and extremely serious. The ability to change his demeanor, like turning on a light switch, enabled him to joke around for the sake of morale, but at the same time be very serious and professional about the mission. Lance Corporal Smith was a die hard Alabama Crimson Tide Football Fan, win or loose he stood by his team. He also had a crush on actress Jennifer Aniston and vowed to marry her when he got back from deployment. He was an R7 Crew Chief and absolutely loved it, being proud and protective of his vehicle and compulsive about its cleanliness and order. Lance Corporal Smith was killed 6 June 2005, when an improvised explosive device attacked the seven-ton vehicle in which he was a passenger. His personal awards include the Purple Heart, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. 

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