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Capt Edward Smid

History in the USMC
Captain Edward Smid enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve after high school graduation in 1996. After serving as a field wireman, Smid attended the Platoon Leaders Course in the summer of 2000. He graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a degree in history and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in December.

Smid graduated from the Basic Officer's Course in June 2003 and then attended the Infantry Officer's Course. Upon completion of IOC in August 2003, he reported to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served numerous billets within the battalion and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Smid currently serves as the Operations Officer at Recruiting Station Indianapolis.

Commendation
As a first lieutenant, Smid received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations in support of OIF. On April 6, 2004, Smid's platoon participated in an operation to secure the city of Fallujah. Shortly after seizing critical ground within the city, one of his squads was ambushed and pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Thru Smid's decisive actions he was able to reposition his Marines in order to attack the enemy's flank. His action halted the enemy's attack and permitted safe medical evacuation of the wounded.

On April 7, Smid's platoon continued the attack further into Fallujah. His platoon deeply penetrated enemy lines, destroyed fleeing enemy vehicles, blocked reinforcements and seized key terrain while under heavy enemy fire. Capt Smid reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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