Brian Drew


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Brian Drew Smith

Nov 03 1973 - Jul 02 2004

On the Death Of Second Lieutenant Brian Drew Smith Brian Drew Smith was killed in action on July 2, 2004 in Iraq. So many times, the names of young men and women are written in the news media as “killed in action” in Iraq. This mostly anonymous group of soldiers receives nothing more than a name and date in the press. They are all sons, sisters, brothers, husbands or wives of someone who loved and still loves them very deeply. This comment is in regard to one beloved and lost son, brother, and husband. Brian Drew Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3, 1973. Brian grew up in McKinney, Texas. He attended McKinney public schools and graduated from McKinney High School in 1990. While growing up, he participated in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. (One of the projects he started in Troop 303 was to put flags on the graves of the veterans on Memorial Day). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Brian always loved to read and studied history continually to the date of his death. He attended Baylor University’s School of Law and received his law degree in 1998. He practiced law in Austin, Texas. His long-term fascination with mechanized armor and the evolution of the “tank” motivated him to enlist in the army in January of 2003. Rather than practice law in the army, he wanted to work his way “up through the ranks” beginning with basic training, officer candidate school, and armor training. He was assigned to the 1-34th Armored Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was deployed to Iraq in February 2004. Brian loved to correspond via e-mail with his family, friends, and an ever-growing list of readers and colleagues, with his thoughts and observations concerning the conflict in Iraq. Brian was a genuine computer “geek”. He loved nothing more than a rowdy night at the keyboard of his computer, unless it was a good history or sci-fi book. He was brilliant. When he was a kid, his parents ordered a belt that was supposed to have his name on it. Instead, the belt said “Brain.” He wore it proudly. Brian was an eloquent speaker, a gifted writer, and possessed an extraordinary imagination and intellect. On July 2, 2004, Brian and a platoon under his command were ordered on what was considered to be a “routine” road patrol in his Abrams M1A1 tank and other mechanized vehicles. Upon arrival at an assigned “observation point,” Brian got out of his tank to evaluate its tracks and suspension. He was shot in the chest, under his arm, by an Iraqi sniper (one of two) and died shortly there after. His ground support troopers “neutralized” both snipers. Brian is survived by his loving wife of two years (the love of his life for over eleven years), Kathleen (KC) Carroll-Smith of Austin, Texas, his parents William M. and Linda Smith of McKinney, Texas, his sister Dr. Erin M. Smith of Austin, Texas and his grandfather, William M. Benton of McKinney, Texas, Great Aunt and Uncle Reverend Joe and Rooney Ader of Austin, Aunt Corinne Brown of Conroe, Texas, Aunt Beth and Uncle Dean Sawyer of Kerrville, Texas, Cousins Valerie Sawyer of Cedar Bluff, Mississippi, Lisa LaBaff of Sugar Land, Texas, Timothy and Jonathan Ader of Austin, and Duane and Nancy Cashon of Rheas Mill, Texas. He also has a host of other aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Martell and Eva Lou Smith and his grandmother, Alda B. Benton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, with Rev. Joe Ader officiating. Interment will follow at Fitzhugh Cemetery. Family will receive friends at a reception at 1:00 PM, prior to the funeral at the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Directors. Speaking as his father, I hope and pray that those who place young people in harm’s way truly know and realize the gravity of their responsibility and its consequences. May a merciful God help and guide us all during these times of sorrow and tribulations.
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