CSM (R) Roger R. Smith, 66, of San Antonio, TX died at his home on Jan 30, 12 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born September 22, 1945 in Shelbyville, Illinois to Lois M. and James E. Smith, Sr. He is survived by his high school sweetheart of 48 years, Donna, who resides in San Antonio, TX.
Roger was a retired Command Sergeant Major in the U. S. Army. He enlisted May 11, 1965 right after attending Riverside City College and served at Ft. Ord, CA; Ft. Campbell, KY; Ft. Bragg, NC; Tripler AMC, HI; Ft. Sam Houston, TX; Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX; Ft. Polk, LA; Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia; Heidelberg, Germany; Fitzsimmons AMC, Denver, CO; William Beaumont AMC, and Ft Bliss, TX where he retired Feb 1, 98.
His earned the Master Parachutist Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Expert Marksmanship Badge, the Expert Hand Grenade Badge and the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Following his retirement, he dedicated his life to training, inspiring and mentoring soldiers throughout the world. He was a life member of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, DUSTOFF Association, and the NCOA. He was a member of the American Legion and the Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course Club and supported the Veterans of Foreign Wars, USO and Fisher House.