Special Operator 2nd Class Adam Smith is one of three Navy SEALs who perished in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last September 21. On October 2, he was laid to rest in his native Missouri, according to a feature on the Navy website.
The town of Macon, Missouri, Smith’s hometown, gave honor to the fallen Navy SEAL and remembered him as a hometown hero. Thousands attended the memorial ceremony and the funeral procession that followed.
The funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church, with hundreds of people in attendance. Thousands of citizens of the town of Macon then came out to pay their last respects to the fallen Navy SEAL, as the funeral procession that took Smith from the church to his final resting place made its way through the town.
Pastor Scott Dalrymple of the First Baptist Church, who presided over the ceremony in honor of Smith, said: “Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 2nd Class Adam Smith now joins a long list of military members who have given their lives so all of us can enjoy the rights and privileges in this country; this is a harsh reminder that the price of freedom comes at a terrible cost… Adam was born to be a SEAL and he found his place in life with the SEALs.”
Capt. Tim Szymanski, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, described Smith as “courageous warrior with an unflappable attitude who earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and fellow citizens alike, and he took great pride and passion in being a Navy SEAL.”