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Age:   21
Hometown: Allendale, SC
Date of Death: 6/22/2003
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: Company A, 123rd Main Support Battalion
Unit's Base: Dexheim, Germany

Spc. Orenthial J. Smith joined the high school football team his senior year, as a wide receiver and kicker. He didn''t play every game, but that was OK _ the coach says Smith was happy just being part of the team. "He liked the camaraderie and the relationships he built with the guys he played with," said Carlos Cave, football coach at Allendale-Fairfax High School in South Carolina. "He tried extra hard. He always did whatever that was asked of him." Smith, 21, died June 22 after an attack on his convoy south of Baghdad. He joined the military right out of high school, and was stationed in Germany. Smith''s mother, Iratean, said her son had hoped to make the military his career. But still, she said, he had reservations about the war. "He loved the Army, but he didn''t like the war," she said.
Source: Associated Press
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