Australian Military Forces Hat Badge
5th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment title
Baron F. Smith
3793566 Private. Baron F. Smith, 21
Brisbane, Queensland.

Private Smith was a journalist when he was drafted on May 1, 1968. Baron Smith died from friendly fire in 1 Australian Field Hospital Vung Tau on August 11, 1969.

A mate recalls:
"Baron, or 'Smithy' as he was referred to by his mates was a man of few words. He just got on with what had to be done. I recall that he never complained and always carried the M79 plus extra rounds for the M60. As a light sleeper, Smithy did more than his share of sentry duty, he used to say to me " I'm going to be awake anyway ".
I lost a good mate just 9 days before I was due to come home and found it difficult to accept our tragic loss."

Official Commemoration: ACT - Canberra Cemetery
Commemoration Position: RSL Lawn X - Grave 197

 

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