Scott James SMITH

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SMITH, Scott James

Service Number: 8511616
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Special Operations Engineer Regiment
Born: Barossa Valley, South Australia, 1988
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Faith Lutheran College, Nuriootpa High School
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in action, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 21 October 2012
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Two Wells Afghanistan War Memorial, Yungaburra Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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Afghanistan Service

21 Oct 2012: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 8511616, Special Operations Engineer Regiment

Commendation for Gallantry citation

For acts of gallantry in action on 21 October 2012 while an Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance Technician in Special Operations Task Group Rotation XVIII in Afghanistan.

Corporal Smith's actions in warning and advising his Commando team commander and clearing safe areas and routes in the face of significant threats from improvised explosive devices and accurate small arms fire undoubtedly saved the lives of other team members and partnered Afghan forces. His clear thinking, courage and selflessness were of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

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Biography

Corporal Scott James Smith - Awarded a Commendation for Gallantry;

"For acts of gallantry in action on 21 October 2012 while an Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance Technician in Special Operations Task Group Rotation XVIII in Afghanistan." - SOURCE (www.itsanhonour.gov.au)

Vale Notice - Corporal Scott James Smith

Scott Smith was born in the Barossa Valley, South Australia in 1988. He joined the Army in February 2006 and upon completion of his initial employment training, was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin. In 2008, Corporal Smith was posted to the then Incident Response Regiment.

Scott deployed to Afghanistan for the second time in July 2012 as a member of the Holsworthy-based Special Operations Engineer Regiment, forming part of the Special Operations Task Group. Scott was killed by a bomb blast during a compound clearance operation on 21st October 2012.

Scott is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina Paterson and Murray Smith and sister Roxanne.

Biography - Corporal Scott James Smith

Corporal Scott Smith was born in Gawler, South Australia in 1988. He joined the Army in February 2006 and upon completion of his initial employment training, was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin. He deployed with 1 CER in August 2006 to the Solomon Islands as part of Operation ANODE. He was also a key member of Rifle Company Butterworth 79.

In 2008, Corporal Smith was posted to the then Incident Response Regiment as a search operator. During this time he was a pivotal member within the Regiment’s Domestic and Offshore contingency troops. He also deployed as part of SOTG XII from February to July 2010.

In 2011, Corporal Smith completed the ADF Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance course (EOR) and was promoted to the rank of Corporal later that year. He deployed as part of SOTG XVIII in July 2012.

Corporal Smith has been awarded the following honours and awards:

Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism,

Australian Defence Medal,
Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomons 2,
Australian Service Medal with Clasp – Counter Terrorism / Special Recovery,
NATO International Stabilisation Assistance Force Medal,
Army Combat Badge,
Soldiers Medallion.
During Corporal Smith’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:
Operation ANODE (Solomon Islands) – November 2006 – December 2006,
Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – February 2010 – July 2010,
Operation NORWICH (Australia) – November 2011,
Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – July 2012 – October 2012.
Corporal Smith is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina and Murray; and his sister Roxanne.

 

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