Biographical / Historical
Craig L. Smith was born in 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He volunteered for the United States Army in 1966. Smith served four years in the U.S. Army, with one year in Southeast Asia. He was assigned to various units including HHC Second Brigade, 101st Airborne, 17th Assault Helicopter Company, and B Company, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne. While in Vietnam, Smith was stationed at Cuchi, Pau Bai, Bien Hoa, and Camp Eagle. He held the ranks of Warrant Officer and Chief Warrant Officer during his service in Vietnam. Smith for his service in Vietnam was awarded various Awards and Citations including the Purple Heart, Air Medal with ^D'V^D>' Device, and Bronze Star. In 1971 Smith was discharged from the regular army and commissioned in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1971 to 1983, then from 1983 to 1996, commissioned in the Army Reserve. In 1996 Smith retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 or CW4. He is currently an active member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.