We may not know them personally, but we know that they have dedicated their lives to protecting us, their countrymen. It is but fitting that we try to remember them in our thoughts and in our prayers – the service members who perished recently in a helicopter crash in Southern Afghanistan. One of them was Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Adam Olin Smith, 26, from Hurdland, Missouri.
A feature on The Advertiser shares memories from the family of Adam Smith. His grandparents, Gene and Lucille Smith, shared that the 26-year old Smith had been in Afghanistan for less than a month.
Adam Smith grew up in Missouri but spent two years with his grandparents, according to the feature, from January 2000 until December 2001, in Scott, Louisiana. He attended Acadiana High School while he was with his grandparents, but finished high school in Bevier High School in Bevier, Missouri, in 2002.
Adam Smith joined the Navy in October 2004, and studied at the Naval Air Technical Training Command in Pensacola, Florida. He reported to the Navy Special Warfare Command in 2005.
Smith is a decorated SEAL. A feature on the Navy Times shared the following commendations: Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Adam’s grandfather Gene shared what Adam said got him through Hell Week: “I asked him how he got through that, and he said, ‘Grandpa, I just thought of one thing at a time,’ he said, ‘Whatever we were doing, I just focused on that.”