Marine Lance Corporal Matthew R. Smith, 20, of Anderson, Indiana.
Died in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Kuwait when the HMMWV he was driving as part of a convoy to Camp Coyote in Kuwait struck a parked trailer. He was a reservist assigned to Detachment 1, Communications Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Peru, Indiana. Died on May 10, 2003.
Smith, stood about 5 feet 8 inches and weighed 140 pounds, but friends and family said he never let his small stature keep him from big accomplishments.
The day his son died, David Smith received the first letter from Matthew since his deployment. His son wrote how proud he was to be fighting for his country.
"How many people on this Earth die doing the job they know they were put here to do?" David Smith said.