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The Reaper
06-20-2015, 09:30
I regret to inform you of BMT's (Jack NeSmith) passing on 18 Jun 15.

He was a helluva soldier and I wish I could have served with him. Hand salute to MSG (R) NeSmith. Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees. Save us a place on that final Drop Zone, Jack. Prayers out for him and his family.

His son (pbr549xxx) wanted this posted in his remembrance. I would say that Jack's legacy lives on in his children, and he can be proud of a job well done. Mission Complete, Jack.

Rest in Peace.


Sir, it is with sadness that I report that my Dad died during the early morning hours on 18 June.

When I was a young kid, most of my friends had "heroes" like Roger Stauback and Terry Bradshaw. I was blessed and fortunate enough to have a man that I considered more of a hero than any athlete. My Dad was an old school grunt having served as an Infantryman in Germany, FT Benning, Korea, and a Drill Sergeant at Ft Gordon before volunteering for Special Forces (The Green Berets for our civilian friends), where he served with the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, 3rd Special Forces Group at FT Bragg, 5th Special Forces Group, Command Control South, MAC-V-SOG in Vietnam, the 7th Special Forces Group and the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School with his final assignment as an ROTC instructor at Stetson University in Deland Florida where he was able to remain on Airborne status by performing Airborne Operations with a National Guard Special Forces unit out of Ocala Florida.

Sadly, a month ago he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Dad died during the early morning hours on June 18th. He had planned on fighting this thing and he went out fighting like he would have wanted. We are diminished by his loss, but as Gen. Patton said "Let's not be sad that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived", lived and fought for for the freedoms we have today. And the one thing he always told me "Boy, Airborne is just a way to get from point A to point B, but for God's sake don't be a leg".

I love you Dad and I will miss you forever. DOL and AATW.

RIP MSG (Ret) Jack NeSmith.

06-20-2015, 09:37
RIP MSG you have earned it. What a wonderful tribute by his child we should all hope to be remembered so fondly.

Trapper John
06-20-2015, 10:05
[Slow Hand Salute]

06-20-2015, 10:13
Rest In Peace, Warrior and my sincerest condolences to his family and all of those here that knew him personally.

06-20-2015, 11:12

06-20-2015, 11:20
RIP Brother, Vaya con Dios..

06-20-2015, 11:27
Rest in Peace Brother.

Prayers for the family. DOL

Ambush Master
06-20-2015, 11:36
Rest In Peace my SOG Brother!!

I'll be looking for all of'ya at the RP just off of that Final DZ. Say HEY to our Brothers that preceded us and find Miller, Zabitosky, Shumate, Maroney, Howard, and Cavaiani, they were very close!!


06-20-2015, 11:43
RIP Jack

06-20-2015, 12:46
Rest in peace, Jack. :(

06-20-2015, 12:54
Rest Easy MSG
We have the watch.

06-20-2015, 12:56
RIP MSG(R) NeSmith. You will surely be missed here. Prayers out for your family.


Old Dog New Trick
06-20-2015, 13:13
Rest easy, Brother.

(Great tribute)

06-20-2015, 14:17
Rest In Peace MSG

06-20-2015, 14:28
Rest in Peace

06-20-2015, 15:10
Rest in Peace, MSG NeSmith. You will be missed.


x SF med
06-20-2015, 15:42
Blue Skies, Top. Mark the LZ in Valhalla for us so we know where to find you.
Rest Easy, Feast well. Your Tour is done.

06-20-2015, 16:48
RIP MSG and thank you.

06-20-2015, 16:58
RIP MSG.....

06-20-2015, 18:26
Rest in peace MSG, prayers for your family.

06-20-2015, 19:03
Rest in peace MSG(R) NeSmith - a.k.a. "BMT". My prayers out for you and your family.

06-20-2015, 21:26
I always enjoyed the interesting articles he would find and post on this site. Obviously a smart and quick mind, despite his challenges at the end.

RIP, BMT. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, yet continually glad men like you have lived and served on my/our behalf.

Team Sergeant
06-20-2015, 21:30
Blue skies Jack. The worlds a lesser place without you.

06-21-2015, 07:12
Rest In Peace MSG. Thank you for a lifetime of heroic service.

06-21-2015, 07:29
SALUTE to you Jack.

Prayers and condolences to his family and friends for his passing.


06-21-2015, 08:59
Rest in peace, brother.

06-21-2015, 12:09
May you Rest In Peace MSG NeSmith,... BMT.:(

Our prayers are out for all of your Brothers, family and friends.


06-21-2015, 20:29
Rest in Peace Brother....

06-22-2015, 08:06
Rest easy, Warrior. Thank you for all that you have done - it sounds like your son will carry the torch proudly.

06-22-2015, 09:39
Rest in God's Peace, Warrior.

The land of the Free, because of the Brave

06-22-2015, 10:35

06-22-2015, 13:09
RIP Warrior. What a great eulogy.

06-22-2015, 15:11
Rest in peace MSG NeSmith. I will miss your humor :(

ETA...I can only pray that I live long enough to use your signature adage:
Don't mess with old farts...age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us all. Sleep well.

06-23-2015, 20:26
I had the pleasure of working with his son during an XCTC rotation at Fort Drum 2 years ago. MSG Nesmith (the son) was a total professional and him and his team added a lot of value to our rotation.

RIP MSG (R) Nesmith, blue skies.

Team Sergeant
06-23-2015, 21:03
I had the pleasure of working with his son during an XCTC rotation at Fort Drum 2 years ago. MSG Nesmith (the son) was a total professional and him and his team added a lot of value to our rotation.
RIP MSG (R) Nesmith, blue skies.

I'm thinking if he wasn't the following talk with Dad might have been a little "hostile". ;)

Damn Jack, we miss you!

Goggles Pizano
06-24-2015, 07:27
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti amen.
In pace requiescat MSG NeSmith. Dominus vobiscum.

06-24-2015, 07:32
RIP MSG. I am honored to have known you.

06-24-2015, 20:53
I am very sad to hear of BMT's passing. You will be missed...Rest in Peace. My condolences to your family and Brothers.

Roguish Lawyer
06-24-2015, 22:02
RIP BMT, I'm going to miss you a lot.

06-25-2015, 20:51
Thank you all for the kind words, I was definitely an eyes open, hands off the key board for the most part member of the forum. And really I would most often come here to read what my Dad had posted. While being deployed or at a duty station far away, it gave me a sense of being closer to my Dad. I'll miss that. Thank you again.

06-29-2015, 21:11
We will miss your Dad and his posts greatly. He was to us, as he was to you, a true hero. May he rest in peace.

06-30-2015, 04:56
May be rest in eternal peace and honor.

06-30-2015, 21:22
RIP MSG prayers to family.

07-07-2015, 20:36
Rest easy MSG. We are the richer for you having walked the planet.

08-20-2015, 21:49
My mom gave me some good news today. We have never had any pictures of my Dad in Vietnam or during his time in Special Forces at all. My cousin was in the Air Force and in Vietnam the same time my Dad was there so he is going to send us the pictures. I can't wait!