Lance Cpl. Antoine D. Smith
United States Marine
KIA 15 Nov 2004
This Memorial Page Established by-Floyd Larck
In Honor Of Lance Corporal Antoine Smith
Antoine had always been inspired by the heroes of WWII.
He had read many books describing the war, Hitler and especially how
the men died at Omaha Beach. This admiration, combined with the benefit
of college tuition, compelled Antoine to enlist in the Marine Corps. He
reported for duty at Paris Island, South Carolina and was sworn in as
a Marine Private, First Class on May 29, 2001.
Antoine was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-terrorist Lance
Corporal. In 2002 and 2003, he served at various locations, including
Alaska, Germany, Greenland and Iceland. During this time, Antoine's
Company went to Omaha BEach in Normandy, France where he saw the impressions
left on the beach and the graves of the brave men from WWII. This was
a touching moment for him.
By 2003, Antoine had many friends that were serving overseas in Iraq,
three of whom were killed in convoy attacks. When he was asked if he
would volunteer to go to Iraq, he agreed for three reasons: 1) a close
friend's wife said she would divorce his friend if he went to Iraq so
Antoine volunteered to go in his place, 2) he wanted to earn hazard duty
pay to make a better life for his mom and purchase a home of his own, and
3) he wanted to fight for freedom and make a difference in this world.
He knew it was not going to be easy, but he told his mom, "Why
shouldn't I go?"
In August 2004, Antoine received official orders to report for duty in
Iraq. He was assigned to be a part of a security force in an infantry
battalion, specifically, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. On November 15, fighting
for a cause in which he so strongly believed, Antoine was killed in
combat by enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province.
|Memorial for Toine and all of our Military at
First Baptist Church/Orlando FL